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Coronation Street favourite Alya found herself in a horrifying attack a few months ago.
It came as part of the ITV soap’s hate crime plot involving Max Turner (played by Paddy Bever).
The restaurant owner was stabbed in a brutal attack at Speed Daal by Blake Myers (Adam Little).
In scenes ahead of the trial recently, Alya read out an emotional victim statement to her grandmother, Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King).
Sair opened up about the moving episode and how she struggled to keep her composure while filming.
The actress explained: “The words on the page were just so well written and summed up everything that Alya had been through – and I found it really difficult to read, because all of the emotions just felt so real on the surface.”
Speaking to Inside Soap, she added: “You don’t just want to cry through a performance, but I was really trying to hold back the tears.”
Max, who created the racist video which sparked Blake’s attack, is currently serving time in a detention centre.
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However, the teenager could soon be released and back in Weatherfield.
Commenting on the direction of the storyline, Sair told the publication: “The storyline between Alya and Max recently with Griff’s (Reynolds, Michael Condron) gang has been an emotional rollercoaster.
“Max could be let out of the detention centre early, so it’s not over yet…
“If I can separate the seriousness of the storyline for one second, the action stuff I absolutely loved. I felt like Sandra Bullock in Speed.”
The witness statement scene saw Alya reflecting on how the attack made her question her safety.
“He did make me wonder if I should go back to where I came from,” Alya stated tearfully.
“But I come from this country, I was born here, I grew up here, I work here, I’m proud to walk on to my street and know that I make a positive difference to the people around me,” she added.
Coronation Street continues on Friday at 7.30pm on ITV.
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