A versatile actor with the potential of doing justice to any role that is given to him. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan, beginning his journey as an actor from college, segued into the world of cinema in 2011 with No One Killed Jessica, a critically acclaimed movie, playing the role of an antagonist. He stepped out from the crowd with his role in movies like Raanjhana and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Though he is mostly seen playing supporting roles, but always stands out.
Born in Delhi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan wasn’t interested in theatre and was initially reluctant to join it, but he came across a 15 days workshop in college which gave him a sense of realization that he belongs to the world of acting. His parents knew about the struggle, but Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan wanted to explore various facets of acting, so he enrolled himself in the National School of Drama, Delhi. He did his schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya, and he completed his B.Sc from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. Born to a family of theatre artists possessing a mix of a Hindu-Muslim culture, his father being a Muslim and his Mother a Hindu, he came out to be a fabulous and immensely diversified actor.
In 2007, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan married to Rasika Agashe, a television and theatre actor and was blessed with a daughter named Raahi in 2015. They live in Mumbai.
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan got a chance in Bollywood with the movie, No One Killed Jessica, while he was preparing to go to New York to Lee Strasberg Institute, where he was called for training purposes to work as an acting faculty in their new Indian branch. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub got a call from his co-theatre artist and associate artist director for No One Killed Jessica, Ali to audition for a role and he got selected for it. Later he acted in many successful movies through which he has known to be a well-accomplished actor in the industry.
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan started his career with a critically acclaimed biographical thriller/drama, No One Killed Jessica in 2011. He played the antagonist and was praised immensely for the role. Later in the same year, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan played the role of Imran Khan’s friend in the movie Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.
In 2012, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan appeared in Jannat 2 as Bali. In 2013, he played the role of Darshan’s best friend, Murari in Raanjhanaa, which was immensely praised critically. His role added a pinch of humour to a serious romantic drama. Planet Bollywood’s Kaushik Ramesh called his performance "noticeably laudable". Further, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan took an opportunity to step out of the rather monotonous roles and appeared in a biographical drama, Shahid in the role of lead actor Rajkummar Rao’s elder brother, Azmi. The movie was a success and won two National Film Awards in 2014. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan was admired for his role of Advocate Arun Kumar Singh (Chintu), an admirer of Kangana Ranaut’s character, Tanu in the romantic drama, Tanu Weds Manu Returns in 2015.
After the success of Tanu Weds Manu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub was seen playing a raw agent in the Action thriller film Phantom. Although the movie didn’t receive much admiration, but Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan was cited for his performance. His tremendous performance in the following movies lead him to share the screen with superstar Shahrukh Khan in the movie Raees in 2015. He played the character of Shahrukh’s friend and partner in crime. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan appeared in many more notable movies like Tubelight, Thugs of Hindustan, and Zero.