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Riz Ahmed and 'The Night Of' strike a chord of contemporary concerns

Riz Ahmed and 'The Night Of' strike a chord of contemporary concerns

Riz Ahmed knows what you’re thinking: His character in “The Night Of” could have benefited from having a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft installed on his phone. 

“If we had filmed the series more recently, there would be no story,” Ahmed said during a recent visit to the Los Angeles Times. “I wonder what kind of stories are being closed off to us, going forward, with all these technological advances.”

In “The Night Of,” Ahmed portrays Nasir “Naz” Khan, a Pakistani-American student living in New York who is accused of killing a woman he had just met — a role for which Ahmed received a Golden Globe...

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