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Overcoming Stereotypes: Zeeshan Ayyub On Battling Judgments Based On Appearance And Language

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Talented actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub delivers yet another stellar performance in Hansal Mehta’s web series “Scoop.” While receiving accolades from audiences as the second favorite after Karishma Tanna’s protagonist, Zeeshan reveals the challenges he has faced in his career.

In a recent interview, Zeeshan shares a disheartening incident where the climax of a project was changed to favor the leading man. Reflecting on his journey, he describes it as a roller coaster ride, experiencing both appreciation and disappointment. He expresses frustration with being undervalued and typecast, particularly when asked to diminish his performance to accommodate co-actors’ limitations.

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Zeeshan also highlights the industry’s lack of opportunities to portray urban, sophisticated characters. He notes the prevailing issues of class, racism, and rigid stereotypes, and how directors have resisted his suggestions for more interesting character portrayals.

The actor confronts misconceptions about his abilities, with some directors questioning his suitability for English-speaking roles due to his preference for Hindi interviews. Zeeshan emphasizes the need to challenge judgments based on appearances and language.

Despite the obstacles, Zeeshan remains grateful to casting director Mukesh Chhabra and director Hansal Mehta for believing in his versatility and pushing boundaries. He calls for a more imaginative and inclusive approach in the industry.

Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub’s journey serves as an inspiration, urging the recognition and nurturing of diverse talent in Bollywood, while he continues to challenge stereotypes and seek the recognition he deserves.

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