The tide has recently turned for Coronation Street business mogul Dev Alahan (played by Jimmy Harkishin). Fans will remember him owning multiple enterprises, serving the people of Weatherfield for decades, but after Asha Alahan’s (Tanisha Corey) unfortunate incident with her intimate images going viral, Dev’s dynasty is crumbling. However, there may be one way in which he could recuperate his losses, and it involves an arranged marriage.
In a bid to make his tearaway teenager happy, Dev pulled Asha and her twin brother, Aadi Alahan (Adam Hussain) out of the local school and into a private school instead.
And while Asha’s temperament has changed overnight due to her new surroundings, Dev’s finances have plummeted.
Expensive school fees, new uniforms and clubs, he has been spending more than he is earning.
In recent scenes, Coronation Street viewers have witnessed just how dire Dev’s situation is.
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He was so desperate he took out a quick payday loan, but is struggling with the repayments already.
So how bad is Dev situation?
The actor who plays Dev spoke to Express.co.uk and revealed: “I think it’s quite serious.
“A few years ago, he had about seven shops with Mad Maya, he had the gym, that didn’t workout and he had to sell that – these kids aren’t cheap he’s not earning as much as people think.
“I think he wants a nice arranged marriage for Asha,” the actor joked. “A nice rich Indian lad and he can take her off his hands.
“But, no he doesn’t no,” he backtracked.
“He’s [Dev is] clutching at straws, he has no idea, he doesn’t know how [to make money].
“He think if he sells the kebab shop and then it’s one less worry.
“And then maybe he can carry on taking care of his shop and pay for his children. I think that’s the idea.
“Everything he’s doing, he’s doing it to protect these two, he’s not spending it on bags and shoes for himself,” Jimmy remarked.
This wouldn’t be a bad idea, after all, Dev is extremely frustrated when he spots Asha kissing Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) in the ginnel.
While he tries to persuade her to stop dating him considering everything that has happened, Asha won’t listen.
Heading to Roy’s Rolls, Dev asks Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) to help him make Asha see sense.
The goth explains how Asha can do better than Corey – could she be hinting at an arranged marriage too?
After all, this would solve all of Dev’s money worries – and Asha feels incredibly guilty for the difficult time he is going through, so perhaps she will agree?
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm on ITV.