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Zeeshan Ayyub: People had warned me that hero’s friend has no career in films

Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who got a Bollywood break with No One Killed Jessica, was tenacious enough to accept several supporting roles, before bagging films such as Raanjhanaa and the upcoming Thugs of Hindostan.

bollywood Updated: Oct 06, 2017 15:58 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Actor Zeeshan Ayyub says playing hero’s friend in films benefited him.

Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub believes in taking no advice from anyone when it comes to choosing roles in Bollywood films. He says, “When I had somehow landed a role in No One Killed Jessica, people told me, ‘Now you’ve come to Mumbai and set foot in the industry, toh hero ka dost kabhi mat banna, kyunki uska koi career nahi hota (don’t ever play the hero’s friend, because you can’t have a career after that). You’ll have to go back to Delhi.’”

Then Ayyub was again offered such a role in Jannat 2 (2012). He again got the same advice. “Those very people [again] warned me not to take it up. But I liked the last scene, in which my character commits suicide. I took it up!” laughs the 32-year old. His tenacity has paid off — he will be seen next in a major film, Thugs of Hindostan, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

Ayyub says, “It was only after doing [supporting] roles that Raanjhanaa (2013) came my way. Once the film was released and people noticed me, I got films such as Phantom (2015), All Is Well (2015), though the film didn’t work, and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) — all of which weren’t ‘hero ka friend,’” says Zeeshan, adding, “The very people who had given me that ‘advice’ against taking up such roles, are now doing such roles themselves.”

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First Published: Oct 06, 2017 15:57 IST