Zayed Khan will make his small screen debut with Sony
TV’s Haasil which will see him play Ranveer Raichand, a cold and calculating
business tycoon. Zayed, whose parents are ‘70s Bollywood heartthrob Sanjay Khan
and interior designer Zarine Khan, is best known for his turn in hit films like
Main Hoon Na and Dus. But then he disappeared from the big screen. Zayed, was
last seen in Love Breakups Zindagi opposite Dia Mirza, which released in 2011.
As he prepares to make his small screen debut, Zayed spoke to SpotboyE.com
about his absence, his future plans and a lot more. Excerpts:
Why did you move to television?
It was not a planned move. But one day Siddharth P Malhotra called me and said, ‘I have something for you’. But when he said it is for television, I paused. But he insisted that I hear the story once. I loved the concept but I told him that I will come onboard only if he promised to make it just the way it’s written. And I have to say that he has surpassed my expectations.
Were you apprehensive about making your TV debut with a character with shades of grey?
Ranveer Raichand is the reason I wake up every morning. He is an extremely complicated character. He has different layers- shrewd, smart, calculative yet generous and a pillar of strength to his family. But he is the kind of guy who doesn't go anywhere without setting the field. The character is grey but it’s very interesting because we usually get bored of playing black and white characters. You have to keep re-inventing yourself. Plus, you can't keep everybody happy all the time.
Do you watch TV?
I tried watching TV after I signed the show. I wanted to familiarise myself with the canvas. But I realised that Haasil was one-of-a-kind and we had to shoot it like a film. Television is definitely more taxing. Hats off to the actors who play the same character for 3-4 years. Films give you more time and space to be artistic, you are pampered and spoiled. In TV you become a majdoor.
Why did you disappear from films?
I didn’t like the roles I was getting offered. And I don’t blame anybody else. I didn't take it as seriously as I should have. I am here again to win the hearts of my fans. I made it very clear on my social media pages that my fans are the reasons I am back.
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