Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

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Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub
Ayyub at the trailer launch of Sameer in 2017
Alma materKirori Mal College , National School of Drama
Television Presenter
Years active2011–present
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight159 lb (72 kg)
Spouse(s)Rasika Agashe (m. 2007)
ChildrenRaahi (Daughter)

Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub Khan is an Indian actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema,[1] where he is best known for his role as Arun "Chintu" Kumar Singh, an admirer of Tanu's, in Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015).[2]

Early life[edit]

Ayyub was born and brought up in Delhi. He graduated from Kirori Mal College and completed his theater training from National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi.

Film career[edit]

Early work (2011—13)[edit]

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 gross earnings of 690 million (US$10 million), No One Killed Jessica emerged as a commercial success and fetched him nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and the Zee Cine Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.[3]. Later in 2011, 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 Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan, and Ali Zafar, he played the role of Khan's friend. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan proved to be one of the top-grossing productions of the year, earning over 950 million (US$14 million) globally.[4]

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$9.8 million), becoming Ayyub's third 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 1.36 billion (US$20 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 mixed reviews though became commercially successful at the box office.

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

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$4.3 million) on a budget of 417 million (US$6.0 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$29 million) worldwide, making it among Ayyub's highest-grossing releases.

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

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 negative reviews from critics. But with grossings of over 3 billion (US$43 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$31 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$29 million), and with a budget of 2.40 billion (US$35 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]

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 director Krish, and was subsequently replaced by Ayyub. The film was released generally to positive response, but performed moderately well at the box office.

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. Ayyub is next committed to star in Hansal Mehta's social dramedy Turram Khan alongside Rajkummar Rao, Rohit Jugraj Chauhan's spoof comedy Arjun Patiala alongside Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon, and Jagan Shakti's drama Mission Mangal co-starring an ensemble cast. He has completed filming for all these three features.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2011 No One Killed Jessica Manu Sharma
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Shobhit
2012 Jannat 2 Balli
2013 Raanjhanaa Murari
Shahid Arif
Maazii Ashfaq
2014 Raja Natwarlal Hit Man
2015 Dolly Ki Doli Raju
Tanu Weds Manu 2 Arun "Chintu" Kumar Singh
All is Well Chima
Phantom Samit
2017 Raees Sadiq
The Strange Smile
Tubelight Narayan
Sameer Sameer
2018 Thugs of Hindostan Shanichar
Zero Guddu Singh
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Sadashiv
2019 Article 15 Nishad
2019 Turram Khan dagger TBA Post production[7]
Short films
Year Title Role Language Notes
2018 Goodluck Cafe Inspector Aslam Khan Hindi Finalist for Filmfare Short Film Awards[8][9]


  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". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Zeeshan Ayub iin Ranjhana and Jannat 2". TOI. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha and Zeeshan Ayyub shoot for Turram Khan". 11 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Goodluck Cafe |Mohd Zeeshan Ayub Milind Pathak||Directed by Yuvraj S". RageCorpMedia on YouTube. 29 September 2018.
  9. ^ "BEST DRAMA SHORT FILMS". Filmfare. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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