Ravi's world comes crashing down around him in a few weeks' time. What happens?
"Basically, it's an encounter with Zak's older brother that starts the alarm bells ringing. Caleb finds out about Ravi's sexuality and even though they've been getting on really well, Caleb sees Ravi in the village and just hits him out of the blue and that shocks Ravi to the hilt. He's used to being picked on - probably for his race - but this is the first time that anyone's ever hit him because of his sexual preference. It's after this punch that he starts to suffer from really bad headaches and he has his first blackout.
How does he handle it?
"He really starts to get worried. He's used to fighting because of the nature of his job and he's boxed since he was a kid, but he's never experienced anything like this. It's only when he has another encounter in the SU bar that Kris suggests he should go to the hospital. Kris forces him to get checked out and what we both think is a really bad concussion turns out to be an aneurysm. We all know that in the real world if something like this came about you wouldn't just go into a hospital and come out three hours later knowing the result, but obviously in soapland you can't keep the audience waiting that long! So basically he goes in to get checked out and comes out three hours later knowing that he has this aneurysm."
Does this bring Kris and Ravi closer together again?
"They're both mature men but it really brings them closer together than when they were a couple. When they were together, though, Kris just thought "he's a gorgeous bloke, I'm having a bit of fun here". There was never anything deep and meaningful from his point of view - it was Ravi who ended up falling for Kris, surprisingly enough. But now their relationship's taken to another level because you realise that Kris does genuinely have strong feelings for Ravi as a friend and he does care about his wellbeing and his welfare. There are some really nice moments between them that take Ravi by surprise because after the way they broke up, he's not expecting it."
"As per usual, Ash does it in the sneakiest, most underhand manner possible! Basically, Ravi doesn't realise he's going to be doing illegal bare-knuckle boxing - he thinks his brother's organising genuine legal boxing matches in a ring with gloves and a referee. It's not till the last minute that he finds out. He confronts Ash about it and says that he's not going to fight. Ash, however, goes on about how it took him months to arrange it all and that with legal fights, you have to go through medicals. As soon as the word 'medical' is mentioned, alarm bells start going off in Ravi's head - he'd never pass a medical in his condition. Ravi just wants to live a normal, healthy life so agrees to it, which takes Ash by surprise."
Ash doesn't know about the aneurysm at this point does he?
"No. When you box, you're not allowed to fight unless you've had a full medical check by a doctor, so as soon as Ash mentions that, Ravi realises that he'll never be able to fight. But the only thing that Ravi's ever been good at is fighting. He doesn't particularly like to fight as he's not an aggressive, violent person. He doesn't show off but for once in his life, he wants people to respect him instead of laughing at him. Even when he came out of the closet to his mum and dad, they took it as a joke - he's never been taken seriously and all he wants is for people to see that he is actually good at something. If you take away Ravi's athleticism and his sportsman personality he's got nothing, and that's the hardest thing for him to handle."
Where does the first fight take place?
"It's in a derelict car park so Ash has basically scouted about and found somewhere really out in the sticks so there's no chance of police or passers by getting wind of what's going on."
"You will do. At first it's just a random opponent but at the last minute, the arranged person can't make the fight for some reason. Ash starts to panic because he's put a lot of money into it all. On top of that, he's dealing with some really nasty people, so if the fight doesn't go ahead he's probably going to end up getting his legs broken. He desperately starts searching for another fighter. Ash knows that Calvin's down on his luck Ash convinces him to fight for money. Neither of us have a clue that we're fighting each other, and it's not until that last minute when I'm in the ring and Calvin steps in that the penny drops. There's a bit of a tussle where we're both not fighting because we are both good friends, but it's too late by then - the crowd's gathered and we have to fight."
Who would win a fight between you and Ricky in real life?
"In real life? Well I'm a lover not a fighter so I'll let Ricky have that one - he'd probably turn round and say the same thing though!"
Where does it all go from there?
"He feels as though he's been given a new lease of life and for once his brother's respecting him and admiring him and he's got all these people - these horrible, horrible people - rooting for him and he feels a sense of power with these ruthless dangerous men who are just sucking up to him. Ash starts to get a buzz from doing it and starts to really enjoy it, as does Ravi. Ravi's buzz, though, comes from the adoration and respect he gets from his brother. All his life, he's lived in his brother's shadow. He's always been the black sheep of the family, while his brother's always been the favourite. All he's ever wanted is for his brother to love and respect him. He's never had that until this moment.
So it's Ravi trying to gain the respect of his brother versus his health?
"Yeah. Ravi knows that if he gets struck in the head that he could die."
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