Zayed Khan: I couldn’t be selfish like other actors

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Zayed Khan is shifting gears to the small screen with Haasil. Although initially hesitant to foray into television, his doubts were put to rest when he realised his father, Sanjay Khan, enjoyed his biggest success on the same medium.

Zayed Khan
Zayed Khan

“My father became a household name with The Sword Of Tipu Sultan [1990]. The biggest stars of today are also seen on TV,” he says. Refusing to be bitter, Khan has taken his lacklustre run in Bollywood in his stride. “There’s no point now in talking about what I could have done and what I should not have done. There are times when you get disillusioned with so many variables at work that you feel you should stay away.”

Last seen in forgettable films like Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene (2015) and Tezz (2012), Khan admits that he was rarely offered projects that challenged him as an artiste. “I always followed the makers, not the money. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t a question of doing stuff to earn bread and butter.” At a time when many are crying foul over nepotism, Khan is an example of how having a powerful last name does not necessarily guarantee opportunities. A star kid and former brother-in-law of Hrithik Roshan, he says that he didn’t want his lineage to be his ticket to stardom.

“I never wanted to be an obligation to anyone, or indulge in an unfair way of using my lineage for career gains.”  He also agrees that he wasn’t as aggressive as his peers — possibly another reason for his short-lived film career. “I know actors are selfish. They should think about themselves, but that’s not my nature.”

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