You might be wondering who this person is, but I’m sure you are pretty much familiar with his face if not the name. Yes, he is the man who recently played the role of advocate Arun Singh in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’. Here are few interesting facts about him.
1. His popular UP-ite characters dupe the fact that he was born and brought up in Delhi.
Surprised? That’s how good he is at performance.
2. The actor is a graduate from Kirori Mal College and later took his acting lessons at National School of Drama.
3. He made his debut as the negative lead in ‘No One Killed Jessica’ in 2011. Remember him?
4. Before Bollywood happened, he was an active theatre actor.
5. Quite filmy, but one phone call changed his life which happened just before he was going to train at Lee Strasberg Institute, New York.
This call was to audition for ‘No One Killed Jessica’.
6. He appeared as the main character’s best friend in three consecutive movies, namely Mere Brother ki Dulhan (2011), Jannat 2 (2012) and Raanjhanaa (2013) after which he decided to try new roles.
7. He also made a television appearance in ‘Kyunki Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’ where he played the character “Abhimanyu.”
8. Like many others, acting was not on his mind until his college days.
Not even a Bollywood actor.
9. Before he bagged the role of “Murari” in ‘Raanjhanaa’ he was out of work for eight months, which did not discourage him.
10. According to him, he can’t play a hero as he isn’t trained in either singing or dancing.
11. Have you ever noticed that Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub resembles the actor Piyush Mishra so much?
Even their fine acting skills does match.
12. Zeeshan has worked with the director Hansal Mehta in his critically acclaimed Rajkumar Rao-starrer ‘Shahid’ (2013).
13. He had got ‘Shahid’ much before’ ‘Raanjhanaa’ happened, even though ’Ranjhanaa’ was released first.
14. The only thing Zeeshan regrets is his father’s death who was his ardent admirer but at the same time appreciates his mother’s support.
15. His success mantra is “Satisfaction is a state of mind. I was satisfied with my theatre work and teaching but I will never be content.”
16. He got his first lead role in the critic-turned-film maker Khalid Mohamed’s remake of 1983 release ‘Katha’.
17. Zeeshan had accepted failure with equal ease as he believes that it’s a part of the profession he has willfully chosen.
18. “Struggle in this profession is a part of fun,” for him.
19. With ‘Ranjhanaa’, he came to the forefront while ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ has consolidated his authority over the witty roles.
20. Soon he will be seen sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie ‘Raees’.
21. Zeeshan likes it when people recognize him by his character’s name.
No wonder his name was long hidden?
22. He has thrice been nominated for his supporting role in ‘Raanjhanaa’ and has won a prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival award.
Zeeshan is truly going place, and we want to see more of him.