Rana Nazir’s (Bhavna Limbachia) agonising kidnap plot is set to take an unexpected turn when Kate Connor (Faye Brookes) sets out to save her lover in an upcoming episode of the long-running ITV series.
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Coronation Street viewers will be distraught when they see Rana’s family kidnap her after forbidding her relationship with Kate.
It is thought that Kate will rush to Rana’s aid when she discovers that her family are planning to send her to Pakistan.
Desperate to stop the love of her life from being taken away, Kate will call on Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo), Yasmeen Nair (Shelley King) and Zeedan Nazir (Qasim Akhtar) to help her.
But with Rana’s family determined to prevent her from bringing shame on them it could prove difficult for the group to rescue her.
A source told the Daily Star: “Rana’s family will do whatever it takes to stop their daughter bringing shame upon them – even if it means sending her away.
“The hardest thing for Rana was to tell Zeedan [her husband] and family that she was in love with another woman.”
“All she wants to do is be herself, but they won’t let her. As she continues to defy her family they decide they have no choice but to send her away to Pakistan,” the insider added.
“She has no idea of their plan and is distraught when she realises what they’re up to.
“It’s horrific for her and Kate can’t believe the lengths her family will go to in order to keep them apart. These scenes are not to be missed.”
Newly released images for the upcoming scenes, show a hysterical Rana being pulled away by her brother Imran while Zeedan watched from behind.
Speaking of the lesbian storyline in a recent interview, Faye said she was “overwhelmed” and “so grateful” for the viewer’s support.
She said: “We spoke about this relationship before it was on screen for months, the planning with the writers, the talking with the producers.
“We knew it was going to be a really hard story to tell and I cannot get over the support that we have had so I can only be thankful and I love the fact that they love me more because I’m with Rana.”
Faye went on to say that she was “really proud” of the storyline, adding: “We are giving those people a voice, we’re telling a real story that is so relatable and it’s a game changer.
“I do think we’re doing something that’s quite historical for Coronation Street.”