Javed Jaffery’s son and grandson of comedian Jagdeep is set to make his Bollywood debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production venture Malaal. The actor will be seen opposite Sharmin Segal who is Bhansali’s niece. Interestingly, Meezaan didn’t want to be an actor. He was in fact studying in a business school. However, a visit to Bajirao Mastani’s set changed it all. While he loved watching Bollywood movies and enjoyed listening to Hindi numbers, acting in movies was something that was not on his agenda.
“When I was in school, I was active in sports. I have played basketball for Maharashtra. I was also good in football. In fact if not an actor I would have become a footballer,” reveals Meezaan. The young actor also feels that he would have delved into music if not acting. He elaborates, “I used to play the piano, I would also play the guitar and to top it all I could sing! There was a point when I told my father that I wanted to pursue a career in music and wanted to become a DJ. His expression was epic, he thought that I had lost my mind! ‘After becoming a DJ would you go to discotheques and play music?’ He asked me annoyingly and I was like ‘what’s wrong in that?’”
With his father and grandfather both being actors, Meezaan had hands on knowledge about acting from experts themselves. “Well frankly, it was my grandfather who I got to learn about films and acting from. My father taught me to become a good human being. He was very strict. He wanted me to be humble, soft spoken and a well mannered person. While he focused on developing my personality, my grandfather nurtured me with knowledge about cinema. He used to tell me behind-the-scenes stories of his era. He used to tell me how directors briefed the actors and managed the shoot back then. That time acting and filmmaking was more of love for the craft, today it is all mere business,” he says.Read More