Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) has been struggling in Coronation Street as daughter Asha’s (Tanisha Gorey) actions leave him feeling unable to communicate with her.
The shop owner has been incredibly worried about Asha over the past couple of months, after intimate photos — taken by her boyfriend Corey (Maximus Evans) — were posted online in a group chat.
In the aftermath of this, Dev did all her could to make Asha’s life easier, as he moved both she and twin Aadi (Adam Husain) to another school.
Speaking about Dev’s struggle, actor Jimmi Harkishin — who portrays the character — said: ‘Asha has been through a lot recently and Dev is still paying for a very expensive private school as he thinks, quite wrongly, that is going to sort everything out.
‘There was also talk of him selling the kebab shop so he has a lot of financial problems right now and he is under a lot of pressure.
‘Because the twins don’t have a mother, Dev doesn’t have a sounding board and he doesn’t have anyone he can talk to or get a second opinion off of.
‘He has no idea what a teenage girl is going through and he doesn’t know how to handle it so what he keeps doing, instead of taking a step back and thinking about it rationally, is running full steam ahead and he says and does things that he shouldn’t, even though it’s for all the right reasons.
Recent scenes saw Asha go to the doctors in order to go on the pill, and such a discovery resulted in Dev coming to believe that Corey was pressuring her into having sex with him.
Jimmi said: ‘The last thing that Asha went through, with the sexting and the photos, Dev was obviously there for his daughter but he also thinks that when he was growing up it wouldn’t have happened because there was no social media so he is finding it difficult to relate because he doesn’t understand it and he is struggling.
‘He is still reeling from that so he assumes that Asha is sleeping with Corey and she is not yet sixteen. When he sees her coming out to the doctors he is lost because he doesn’t know what to do or what to say. His intentions are right and he is acting out of love and care but he has nobody to turn to for advice.’
‘He absolutely does feel like he is losing control. He feels that Asha and Aadi are trying to grow up too quickly.
‘When they were kids it was easier for him but this coming of age phase when the children are turning into young adults, of course there are going to be other problems and I think that’s an age old thing.’
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