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Entertainment Meena puts on an unforgettable performance at her trial in Emmerdale

12:56  08 april  2022
12:56  08 april  2022 Source:   metro.co.uk

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All eyes on Meena – and she is thrilled (Picture: ITV) © Provided by Metro All eyes on Meena – and she is thrilled (Picture: ITV)

You won’t be surprised to learn that Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) is set for the performance of her life at her upcoming trial on Emmerdale. She’s determined to be the director, producer and star of her very own show.

When she’s first brought up into the dock, she seems docile, meek and even vulnerable. The jury are taken in by it but people who know her realise that it’s just an act. It doesn’t stop Liam (Jonny McPherson) getting upset by it, though – especially when Meena’s counsel accuses Liam of having an affair with her. He reacts in exactly the way Meena hopes he will – by lashing out. His outburst risks losing the sympathy of the jury.

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When Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker) takes the stand, Meena’s team are ready to paint a picture of her as a liar and manipulator who can’t be trusted.

It’s all going quite well for Meena – so much so that she’s advised against taking the stand herself. Paige Sandhu told Metro.co.uk that there’s no way Meena would take that advice. ‘She’s really angry,’ she says. ‘She sees this trial as her chance to shine, for it to be all about her and the last thing she wants is for everyone else to go up and have their say and she doesn’t have the chance to.’

Meena insists on testifying – and puts on an absolute diva display.

‘She does give the performance of a lifetime, especially with the defence,’ Paige says. ‘She blows it out of the park, she breaks down in tears, she’s very convincing. There’s no hint of the mask slipping at all. Then for the prosecution, he does go for her but to her credit she deals with his attacks better than anyone else. I think she does manage to sway the jury – well in her mind, she manages to bat the prosecution away.’

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While her performance is aimed at the jury, Meena also wants to get under the skin of Liam and Manpreet, as Paige explains:

‘The things that she’s saying are really upsetting. She’s blaming Liam for a lot of things, she’s painting him as a terrible father and abusive man, someone who took advantage of her, who abused her mentally and who told people that she faked a pregnancy and spread vicious lies about her. She’s painting Manpreet as this vicious liar as well and she does it so convincingly that you can see Liam, Leyla, Charles and Manpreet all getting really upset by this. And they wouldn’t be getting upset if it wasn’t sounding very believable and true, so it’s a good thing!’

But will this show stopping act be enough to sway the jury to find Meena not guilty? There’s going to be a tense wait to find out…

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