In acting because it allows pursuing passion: Ayyub

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByS Farah Rizvi
Mar 25, 2019 03:08 PM IST

Be it Murari of Ranjhanaa, Sadiq of Raees or Guddu Singh of Zero, actor Zeeshan Ayyub never fails to leave a mark.

Be it Murari of Ranjhanaa, Sadiq of Raees or Guddu Singh of Zero, actor Zeeshan Ayyub never fails to leave a mark.

Zeeshan Ayyub
Zeeshan Ayyub

The versatile actor, who was here recently, spoke about his love for Lucknow, theatre and his upcoming release to HT City.

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“I love coming to Lucknow, whether it is to shoot or attend other events. ‘Yaha ki aabo hawa hi alag hai...’ says the actor who shot to fame with Tanu Weds Manu shot here in Lucknow.

“When I get to shoot here, I enjoy the most,” says Ayyub who took up acting only because actors can afford to take break and live their passion.

“I could have easily taken up a corporate job but I knew that will not let me live my passion like theatre and acting. Many people in the industry fear to experiment and go on breaks whereas I believe in living and working on my terms,” he says.

His theatre group Sahita Manch, a platform to promote Hindi play writing, is keeping the actor busy.

“I and my team have been working hard to make it work on much larger scale. We also plan to involve more cities in addition to the three cities we were already organising the fest,” says the actor who after his last release Zero had announced to be choosy in taking up roles.

“Since a few of my recent roles had been more or less similar, I decided to be choosy so that I don’t get typecast. Also, I needed to go on a break,” says Ayyub.

“Being an actor, it is my job to bring some different style or shade to the characters. And it is because of this reason that all roles look different from each other.”

Ayyub’s recent release was web film ‘377 Ab normal’ where he played a character of LGBT activist Arif Jafar, who had to spend 47 days in jail for being homosexual.

Talking about his character and film says, “I have always been vocal about my beliefs and I have always supported decriminalization of article 377 so when this project was offered and I was told to play Jafar I had to accept it because I have met and know what all he faced during his fight for justice. It took me three days to be on board.”

Presently Ayyub is busy wrapping his upcoming film Turram Khan, which is scheduled to release later this year.

“Turram Khan is the only project in my hand other than the theatre group work. Once it is over, I will start taking films again. This hiatus will give me a lot time to introspect and complete all my projects. Also I don’t believe in any rat race so I don’t fear any competition,” he says while insisting that for him his choice of work is important.

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