25th March, Mumbai: The recently released Netflix show “Class,” a remake of “Elite,” is still generating positive attention, particularly for introducing 11 new actors who have gained a significant following on social media. News18.com recently interviewed one of these actors, Zeyn Shaw, who shared his personal journey of facing numerous rejections before landing his current role. Shaw portrays Veer Ahuja, a wealthy and arrogant teen who condescends to his less privileged peers
In a recent interview, Zeyn Shaw spoke candidly about his experience working on “Class,” revealing that one of the challenges he faced was convincing the director that he could play a wealthy, entitled character from Delhi.
According to Shaw, the director initially thought he was “too nice” for the role. Additionally, the new actor addressed the issue of nepotism in the entertainment industry and discussed how it affects competition, particularly with the children of established actors
As a member of the cast of “Class,” I can say that we have been blown away by the overwhelmingly positive response to the show. This is particularly meaningful for us as 11 newcomers, as we faced a great deal of rejection before being given this opportunity. It’s truly humbling to see how people have embraced the show, despite some considering it controversial. We are all immensely grateful for the support we’ve received.
Many people don’t realise that the process of auditioning and getting rejected for a role is a long and often emotionally draining experience. It can take two to three months to even reach the stage where you’re considered for a role. When you do get rejected, it can be a devastating blow. Personally, I faced rejection around 50 times before finally being cast in “Class.” It’s crucial to stay mentally strong and keep pushing through these setbacks, but it’s also important to recognize the unpredictability of the entertainment industry. So many external factors can affect the casting decision, such as the director’s personal preferences or prejudices. It’s a challenging but rewarding industry to be in.
There were also reports that Zeyn Shawy will be sharing the screen with Salman Khan’s niece Alizeh.