Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub | Best of Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub’s role in various films decoded by fans
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub has captivated me with his exceptional acting skills displayed in various movies. It would be unfair to single out just one performance, as he has delivered outstanding portrayals in each role he has taken on. One of his most memorable characters is Murari Gupta, the best friend of Kundan (played by Dhanush) in the film Raanjhanaa. Murari stands by Kundan through thick and thin, and the final scene where Zeeshan Ayyub gazes at his dying friend through a glass door is etched in my memory. The emotions conveyed through his eyes speak volumes, and it’s truly astonishing that the same actor portrayed Advocate Chintu in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Zeeshan’s one-liners in that film are so captivating that they make rewatching the entire movie a joy. (What is your favorite role of Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub?… June 26)
I have watched several films featuring Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, and even in roles with limited screen time, his impact is immense. Two such roles that left a lasting impression on me are Murari Gupta in Raanjhaana (2013) and Inder Mohan Singh in Chhalaang (2020). In Raanjhaana, he portrays the character of a jovial friend to Kundan, who possesses a deep understanding of life’s harsh realities and chooses to live a simple and contented life. Despite knowing that Kundan and Zoya are not meant to be together, he never discourages Kundan from helping Zoya. His character reaches its peak when he learns of Kundan’s death, and his grief is palpable as he mourns the loss of his friend.
In Chhalaang, Zeeshan Ayyub plays a skilled physical education teacher who is portrayed as a competitor to Montu (played by Rajkummar Rao). They form two teams that compete in three different events, and the winning team will retain their respective duties. As the film progresses, Montu proves to be a better teacher, reclaiming his lost prestige and leading Inder (Zeeshan) to accept defeat. However, Inder offers to work with Montu, as he believes his skills can greatly benefit the students.
Both of these characters showcase Zeeshan Ayyub’s talent to shine even with limited screen time. His characters are often sharp-witted and charming. I look forward to seeing him make a powerful comeback on the silver screen and continue to enamor us with his talent!
Aayman Anwar Ali
Zeeshan Ayyub has won over audiences with his versatility in various roles, and my personal favorites are Murari in Raanjhanaa and Nishad in Article 15. Murari from Raanjhanaa established him as a recognizable face, the perfect hero’s friend, and garnered him numerous award nominations. His witty one-liners and stellar performance impressed viewers, despite having a small role. The iconic line, “Your love has not happened, UPSC is the exam ho gaya. Dus saal se paas hi nahin ho raha,” remains unforgettable. In the thought-provoking crime-drama Article 15, Zeeshan Ayyub portrayed a “Dalit rebel” who showcased his talent and ability to do justice to any role assigned to him. His performance alongside Ayushmann Khurrana felt natural and relatable, representing a powerful force that dares to stand against the system. Zeeshan Ayyub is one of those actors who knows how to captivate audiences with his performances.
In 2013, I was mesmerized by Zeeshan Ayyub’s performance as Murari Gupta, Kundan’s best friend, in Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa. With a pigtail and a towel around his neck, he portrayed the role of a typical small-town man convincingly. His dialogue delivery was impeccable, and his witty and intense screen presence was commendable. His chemistry with Dhanush and Swara Bhasker as a friend was impressive. Every small detail, from his style of staring to his body language, added to the enjoyment of the movie. As a supporting actor, he truly elevated the film with his subtle yet impactful acting.
I was also deeply moved by his performance in the web series Scoop, where he played the role of an idealistic journalist. In this role, he portrayed a mature man who fearlessly battles against the system and society for his beliefs and relationships. Zeeshan’s consistent and versatile acting skills made his characters feel real and believable, capturing the hearts of viewers time and time again.
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is an exceptional actor. I have admired his performances in movies such as Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Article 15, and Shahid. Additionally, I have enjoyed his acting in shows like Tandav, Jogi, Rangbaaz, and Scoop. However, my favorite role of Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is his portrayal of lawyer Arun, also known as Chintu Kumar Singh, in the 2015 romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Despite having a short role, Zeeshan’s acting prowess made me fall in love with the intriguing character of Chintuji. He truly shone in that film with his exceptional performance.
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub has mesmerised me with his acting skill in various movies, therefore, picking only one name would not do justice. Murari Gupta, Kundan’s (played by Dhanush) best friend in Raanjhanaa, is one of his memorable roles. Murari supported Kundan throughout. The last scene where Zeeshan Ayyub is looking at his best friend through the glass door, taking his last breath, is still etched in my memory. Those eyes spoke a thousand words, and it’s actually not believable that the same man played Advocate Chintu in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. His one-liners can make one rewatch the entire movie. (Which is your favourite Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub role… June 26)
I have watched many of Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub’s films where, though he had limited screen time, his impact was huge. Two such roles were Murari Gupta in Raanjhaana (2013) and Inder Mohan Singh in Chhalaang (2020). In Raanjhaanahe played the role of a good-humoured friend to Kundan. He was aware of the harsh reality of life and preferred to lead a simple, modest life contentedly. He knew that Kundan and Zoya weren’t meant for each other but he never discouraged him from helping her out. His character reached its peak when he heard of Kundan’s death. He was literally taken aback by this and cried his heart out remembering the good deeds of his friend. The agony was visible on his face expressing his inability to recover from this life-altering loss.
In Chhalaanghe played a skilled physical education teacher. He possessed better techniques and abilities than Montu, played by Rajkummar Rao, and is projected as a competitor. They create two teams who will compete in three different events and the team that wins would rightfully carry on their duties. As the film progresses, Montu is proven to be a better teacher, regaining his lost prestige and compelling Inder (Zeeshan) to concede defeat. However, he offers to work with Montu as his skills would greatly benefit the students.
Both these characters define the mettle in him which enables him to shine even in limited screen time. His characters are mostly sharp-witted and charming. Wishing to see him back with a bang on the silver screen and make us fall in love with his talent!
Aayman Anwar Ali
Winning over the audience with his versatile roles, Zeeshan Ayyub has given some memorable performances, like Murari in Raanjhanaa and Nishad in Article 15which are my favourites. Murari from Raanjhanaa made him a recognised face as the perfect hero ka friend and won him many award nominations. He impressed the audience with his witty one-liners and stellar performance, despite having a small role. “Your love has not happened, UPSC is the exam ho gaya. Dus saal se paas hi nahin ho raha“, was an iconic line. Playing a ‘Dalit rebel’ in the thought-provoking crime-drama, Article 15Zeeshan Ayyub proved that he’s a powerhouse of talent and no matter what role you give him, he’ll do justice to it. His performance in Article 15, alongside Ayushmann Khurrana, was noted by the audience and felt natural and relatable. Aware and intelligent, he represented a powerful force who dares to stand against the system. No matter what the role is, there are some actors who know how to win the audience with their performances and Zeeshan Ayyub is one such actor.
In 2013, I noticed his performance in Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa as Kundan’s best friend, Murari Gupta. With a pigtail on his head and a towel around his neck, he portrayed the role of a typical small-town man. His dialogue delivery was very convincing. Zeeshan’s witty and intense screen presence was praiseworthy. His bonding with Dhanush seemed to be real and his chemistry with Swara Bhasker as a friend was impressive. His style of staring, sitting, his body language and every small detail made the movie more enjoyable. As a supporting actor, he actually supported the movie with his signature subtle acting.
I was also overwhelmed by his performance in the web series Scoop where he played the role of an idealistic journalist. Here he is a mature man who is strong enough to announce a battle against the system and society for the sake of his beliefs and relationships. His consistency and his vast range of acting skills made all his characters real, and believable. And the viewers repeatedly fell in love with his performances.
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is a fantastic actor. I loved his performances in movies like Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Article 15 and Shahid. I also liked his acting in shows like Tandav, Jogi, Rangbaaz and Scoop. But my favourite Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub role is the character of lawyer Arun aka Chintu Kumar Singh, which he portrayed in the 2015 romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Although Zeeshan’s role in that movie was short, his acting prowess actually compelled me to end up loving Chintuji‘s very interesting character. Zeeshan shone in that entertainer with his wonderful performance.