Zeeshan is more than just ‘hero ka friend’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Rishabh Suri

Ac­tor Mo­hammed Zeeshan Ayyub (right) is not sat­is­fied with the kind of roles he has been play­ing in Bol­ly­wood films. Be­ing the sec­ond fid­dle to the lead ac­tor or cat­e­gorised as the sup­port­ing ac­tor doesn’t at­tract Zeeshan much, who be­lieves, if given the right op­por­tu­nity, he can do much more.

“In my re­cent films Raees (2017) and Tube­light (2017), I’ve only played the hero’s friend. There’s a stag­nancy in the kind of roles I have been of­fered; yet I try to play each of them dif­fer­ently,” says Zeeshan, who is look­ing for­ward to more chal­leng­ing roles. “Now I’ve a com­mand over play­ing such roles, but I don’t feel film­mak­ers have been able to ex­ploit my tal­ent com­pletely.”

Zeeshan’s act­ing prow­ess was no­ticed, when he played the an­tag­o­nist in the film, No One Killed Jes­sica (2011), but it was the role of Mu­rari [Dhanush’s best friend] in Raan­jhanaa (2013) that gave him fame and recog­ni­tion.

Gear­ing up to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in film­maker Aanand L Rai’s next, where Shah Rukh Khan plays a dwarf, the 32-year old is happy that peo­ple now eas­ily recog­nise him. Re­call­ing one such ex­pe­ri­ence, he says, “Once, I was hav­ing lunch with my mom in a restau­rant in Delhi. I saw a girl star­ing at me for a long time. When I got up to leave, she came up to me and ex­claimed that I look ex­actly like an ac­tor called Zeeshan Ayyub, and that my voice also sounded like him. I laughed and went away with­out ex­plain­ing!”

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