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Exclusive Interview: Kal Parekh ("The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim”)

If you had read my past Moniqueblog recaps of Pan Am (which are still available on the Internet Archive), then you might remember how much I loved Kal Parekh’s co-pilot character Sanjeev, or “The ‘Jeev,” as I called him.

I was able to speak with him back then about his role on the show, and now I’m happy to say I was able to speak with him many years later about his role in a new film,  The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim. 

The film, based on real experiences, tells the story of a Muslim informant hired by the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit to provide information (bated or otherwise) on terrorist activity. Parekh plays Det. Nick Patel, whose intent on meeting his goals could prove to be detrimental.

Read below to learn more about Parekh’s character, as well as more about the film, working with the cast, and how the film tackles the subject of Muslim stereotyping. The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim comes to AMC theaters in Times Square in NY May 29. 

ICYMI: "Ridiculous Six" Edition

You’ve seen my coverage of Adam Sandler’s awful film The Ridiculous Six, which, I’m proud to say, also includes an in-depth interview with former Ridiculous Six actor Loren Anthony. Well, for my ICYMI post this week, I’m posting three articles outlining people’s overwhelming anger and disappointment with not just Sandler and The Ridiculous Six, but with Hollywood’s practices in general. 

Exclusive Interview: Loren Anthony Discusses "Ridiculous Six"

I’ve been covering the news surrounding The Ridiculous Six for about a week now, and I’m very excited to say that I was able to speak directly to one of the actors who left the film, Loren Anthony.

In this interview, Anthony details what the general feeling was on that particular day of filming and his personal feelings when it came to the absurdly offensive treatment of his people and culture, as reflected in the leaked script. I know there are those out there that have wanted to know how much the actors knew about the film before signing on; Anthony covered this and much more in our phone call, which you’ll read below. 

"Ridiculous Six": Navajo President Condemns The Film, Actors' Plight Further Revealed on Video & Mainstream News

Just a few days ago, I wrote about the Adam Sandler The Ridiculous Six scandal that I’d hoped that the story would stay around long enough for some change to really stick. Thank goodness my dreams came true, because, unlike what Netflix probably wanted, the story is still making the news, meaning that if it’s news on Monday, it’ll probably stay in the news all week long. 

Exclusive Interview: Joe Lynch (Director, "Everly")

Everly starring Salma Hayek and Hiroyuki Watanabe, is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, and the film features Hayek as a woman who is trapped in a building full of people who want to kill her. Her only goal is to get save her daughter and somehow get out alive, even though the odds are stacked against her.

I was excited to speak with Everly director Joe Lynch about the film, what it was like working with Hayek, and any advice he’d have for filmmakers. You can read our exchange below.