Vidya Malavade, who played the captain and goalkeeper in the acclaimed Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chak De! India, will feature in Netflix web series ‘Mismatched’.
She will play Zeenat Karim, an older student trying everything to be accepted by the IT students in college.
Her character takes the bold decision of going back to college in her 40s. A widow from Lucknow, she is a bit out of place among the younger crowd, but makes every effort to befriend any student.
Talking about her character in Mismatched, Malavade said:
“Mismatched is a story that many young people are currently living and one that will make older viewers nostalgic. College was a wonderful and a challenging time for all of us, and fitting in, finding your tribe was essential to the overall experience.
“I found Zeenat’s character to be warm and endearing and a bit clumsy as she tries to fit in. Honestly, she is so much like the real me. She is one character that is closest to who I really am, so playing this role felt like second nature. Plus working with this cast was a riot — they’re all so talented and highly energetic that their drive rubbed off on me as well.
“In fact, they were quite besotted by the image of Vidya Sharma, the character I played in Chak De India. I hope, in some way, the character of Zeenat too will encourage some women to go back to college, if they so wish and follow their long lost dream.”
The platform also recently announced a number of actors who will be part of the cast: Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf, Rannvijay Singha, Vihaan Samat, Muskkaan Jaferi, Taaruk Raina, Devyani Shorey, Kritika Bharadwaj and Abhinav Sharma.