Thugs Of Hindostan actor Zeeshan Ayyub: I get offended by the word ‘struggle’
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Thugs Of Hindostan actor Zeeshan Ayyub: I get offended by the word ‘struggle’

Actor Zeeshan Ayyub, who will be seen opposite megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan in Thugs Of Hindostan, says that people who say they had to ‘struggle’ a lot are just seeking attention.

bollywood Updated: Sep 16, 2017 15:05 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Zeeshan Ayyub,Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub,Raees
Actor Zeeshan Ayyub is fed up of hearing ‘struggle’ stories of people who have made it big in the film industry.(Hindustan Times)

Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is fast emerging as a reliable actor, after having been a critical part of films such as Raees (2017) and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015). It might have taken him a lot of hard work to reach this purple patch in his career, but Zeeshan feels that it would be wrong on his part if he terms his journey as a struggle. “Struggle is a glorified word, and I get offended by it. Logo ne is word ko khoob becha hai. People who say so much about the ‘struggle’ they had to do, I have one question for them: Kisi ke baap ne kaha tha aapko Mumbai jaao aur star bano? (Who told you to go to Mumbai and become a star?). You chose this, ab isske bare mein ro kyun rahe ho?”

“Agar sadak pe sona aap ke liye ‘struggle’ tha, ab kothi mein baithna matlab struggle khatam? (If living on the roads was a struggle for you, living in a bungalow, now, means that the struggle is over?) For you, success is measured in terms of money, instead of art”, adds the 32-year old, who started his career with the critically-acclaimed No One Killed Jessica (2011).

“I chose this profession. I had the option to do something else, as I was good in studies, too, or could have come back from Mumbai to pursue theatre. My wife was there to support me, TV kar ke she was earning money, toh ghar bhi chal sakta tha. But I wanted to do this.” Zeeshan will be next seen in the much-awaited Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan-starrer Thugs Of Hindostan.

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First Published: Sep 16, 2017 15:05 IST