Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

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Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub
Ayyub in 2017
Delhi, India
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • television presenter
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)Rasika Agashe (m. 2007)

Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub Khan is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films.[1] He is frequently cast in supporting roles, and has appeared in more than 25 films in a career which has spanned eight years.[2] He has also worked in a Hindi serial 'Kyunki... Jeena isi ka naam hai' which was telecasted on doordarshan(2008).He has collaborated with director Aanand L. Rai on four films.

Ayyub began his film career with a negative role in Raj Kumar Gupta's financially successful semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica (2011), which earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Subsequently, he featured briefly in the box-office hits Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), Jannat 2 (2012), Raanjhanaa (2013), Shahid (2013), Tubelight (2017), Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019), and Article 15 (2019). Ayyub had his biggest commercial successes with brief roles in the romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015), the crime thriller Raees (2017), and the science drama film Mission Mangal (2019), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. His only leading role in his career was in Sameer (2017), which proved to be one of the year's biggest disasters.

Early and personal life[edit | edit source]

Template:BLP unsourced section Ayyub was born and brought up in Delhi. He graduated from Kirori Mal College and completed his theatre training from National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi in 2006.. He married Rasika Agashe in 2007. They have a daughter.

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Early work (2011—13)[edit | edit source]

Ayyub made his acting debut with Raj Kumar Gupta's biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica (2011), which also starred Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji. Based on the murder case of Jessica Lal, the film saw Ayyub portray the real-life character of Manu Sharma, Jessica's true murderer. The film, as well as his performance, generated positive reviews from critics. With earnings of over 1 billion (US$14 million), No One Killed Jessica emerged as a critical and commercial success, and garnered him nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and the Zee Cine Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.[3] In his second release of the year, Ayyub appeared in Ali Abbas Zafar's directorial debut—the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, about a man who finds a bride for his elder brother but falls in love with her instead. Co-starring alongside Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan, and Ali Zafar, he played the role of Khan's friend. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan proved his second consecutive box-office hit and earned over 760 million (US$11 million) worldwide.[4] In 2011, he also appeared in a cameo role for the successful romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu, which marked the first of his four films with Aanand L. Rai.

In 2012, Ayyub took another supporting role—this time in Kunal Deshmukh's thriller Jannat 2, co-starring Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, and Randeep Hooda. Initially titled Informer, its title was changed to Jannat 2, making it a sequel to Jannat (2008). The film garnered a mixed critical reception, but eventually emerged as a financial success with global earnings of over 680 million (US$9.5 million), becoming Ayyub's fourth consecutive box office hit.

Ayyub next appeared in Aanand L. Rai's romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013), alongside Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, and Abhay Deol, in which he played the character of Dhanush's friend. The feature received mostly positive reviews and proved to be a major commercial success with a worldwide revenue of more than 1.13 billion (US$16 million).[5][6] In his next film—Hansal Mehta's National Film Award-winning biographical drama Shahid, starring Rajkummar Rao as slain lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi—Ayyub played Arif Azmi who is Azmi's brother. The film generated overwhelmingly mixed reviews though became commercially successful at the box office.

Career struggles, Tanu Weds Manu 2, and hiatus (2014—15)[edit | edit source]

In 2014, Ayyub reteamed with Kunal Deshmukh in the action comedy Raja Natwarlal, which starred Emraan Hashmi as the titular protagonist. The film received positive reactions but turned out to be a major box-office failure, grossing 295 million (US$4.1 million) on a budget of 417 million (US$5.8 million), and generated unfavourable profits for Ayyub's performance.

In 2015, Ayyub appeared in four films, the first of which was Abhishek Dogra's directorial debut—the comedy Dolly Ki Doli, co-starring Sonam Kapoor, Pulkit Samrat, Rajkummar Rao, and Varun Sharma. The film, about a woman who marries men from different religions and runs with their wealth on the wedding night, received negative reviews and flopped at the box office. Ayyub's next two releases were the action comedy All is Well and the spy thriller Phantom, both of which were also box office failures. His final release of the year was a second collaboration with Aanand L. Rai in Tanu Weds Manu: Returns, a romantic comedy that served as a sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2011). Ayyub featured as Chintu Kumar Singh, a lawyer and an admirer of the titular protagonist (played by Kangana Ranaut). Unlike the actor's previous four films, it emerged as a huge commercial success grossing over 1 billion (US$14 million) in India and over 2 billion (US$28 million) worldwide, making it among Ayyub's highest-grossing releases.

Raees, Tubelight, and work in unsuccessful expensive films (2017—18)[edit | edit source]

After a two-year absence from full-time acting, Ayyub appeared in Rahul Dholakia's crime drama Raees (2017), in which he starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Mahira Khan, and played the friend of the titular anti-hero, played by Khan. Said to be based on the life of criminal Abdul Latif, Raees generated mixed to positive reviews from critics. But with grossings of over 3 billion (US$42 million) worldwide, it proved to be Ayyub's highest-grossing release and one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. He next appeared in Kabir Khan's war drama Tubelight, portraying the role of Salman Khan's friend. Commercially, Tubelight turned out to be a success and collected a total of 2.11 billion (US$30 million). In his final release of the year, Ayyub played his first leading and the title role in Dakxin Chhara's directorial debut—the action drama Sameer—another box office disappointment.

In 2018, Ayyub acted in Vijay Krishna Acharya's period adventure action drama Thugs of Hindostan and Aanand L. Rai's comedy-drama Zero, both of which were among the list of the most expensive Hindi films having a budget of 2 billion (US$28 million), and with a budget of 2.40 billion (US$34 million), the former ranks as the most expensive Hindi film. Both the films generated mixed reviews and failed at the both Indian and overseas box office, thus making 2018 a unsuccessful year in Ayyub's career.

Manikarnika and other supporting roles (2019—present)[edit | edit source]

Ayyub's first release of 2019 was the biographical war drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, based on the life of freedom fighter Rani Lakshmi Bai, portrayed by Kangana Ranaut in the film. His role was originally portrayed by Sonu Sood, who left the film because of some disagreements with the film's makers as the director Krish got replaced, and was subsequently replaced by Ayyub. The film was released generally to positive response, but was a modest commercial success at the box office earning more than 1.32 billion (US$19 million).

Later that year, Ayyub co-starred with Ayushmann Khurrana in Anubhav Sinha's crime thriller Article 15. Highlighting caste discrimination in India, it was inspired by multiple events, including the 2014 Badaun gang rape allegations and the 2016 Una flogging incident. Commercially, the film earned over 850 million (US$12 million) and proved an economic success. He next starred alongside Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon on Rohit Jugraj Chauhan's spoof comedy Arjun Patiala, a major commercial disaster. This changed later that year when Ayyub played Rishi Aggarwal, an army officer whose devoted wife (essayed by Taapsee Pannu) becomes a nurse for him, in Jagan Shakti's directorial debut Mission Mangal—a science fiction film about the scientists who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission held in 2013. With domestic earnings of over 1.98 billion (US$28 million), it emerged as a huge success and one of his most commercially successful features.

In 2020, he played a negative role in Hansal Mehta's directed film Chhalaang co starring with Rajkumar Rao and Nushrat Bharucha.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Feature films[edit | edit source]

dagger Denotes films have not yet been revealed
Year Title Character Notes
2011 No One Killed Jessica Manu Sharma/Manish Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2011 Tanu Weds Manu Baarik Karnak/Baaru Cameo appearance
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Shobhit
2012 Jannat 2 Balli
2013 Raanjhanaa Murari Gupta
2013 Shahid Arif Azmi
2013 Maazii Ashfaque
2014 Raja Natwarlal Jojo
2015 Dolly Ki Doli Raju Dubey
2015 Tanu Weds Manu: Returns Arun Kumar Singh/Chintu
2015 Phantom Samit Mishra
2015 All Is Well Chima
2017 Raees Sadiq Ibrahim
2017 Tubelight Narayan
2017 Sameer Sameer Sengupta
2018 Thugs of Hindostan Shanichar
2018 Zero Guddu
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Sadashiv
2019 Article 15 Nishad
2019 Arjun Patiala Sakool
2019 Mission Mangal Rishi Aggarwal
2020 Chhalaang Inder Mohan Singh (PTI)
2020 A Simple Murder Manish Web Series [7]
2021 Atrangi ReFilm has yet to be released TBA Filming[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Never thought 'Raees' would become so big: Zeeshan Ayyub". TOI. 15 July 2013.
  2. Mohammad Zeeshan, Ayyub (15 July 2013). "Facts about Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. "Struggle is a part of acting profession: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub". IBNLive. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. "Zeeshan's Career". India Today. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. Ramesh, Kaushik. "Review by Kaushik Ramesh". Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  6. "Never thought 'Raanjhanna' would become so big: Zeeshan Ayyub". TOI. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. "A Simple Murder to premiere on SonyLIV on November 20". Outlook. 19 November 2020.
  8. "Sara, Akshay, Dhanush's 'Atrangi Re' goes on floors!". Ani News. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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