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Zohaeb Farooqui’s who is debuting with web series Inspector Avinash is the close friend of showman Subhash Ghai!

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All set to make his debut with the web series titled Inspector Avinash directed by Neeraj Pathak, Zohaeb Farooqui is excited about his entry into showbiz – Jyothi Venkatesh

He is close to filmmaker Subhash Ghai and his father Raju Farooqui is a producer for Mukta Arts, but Zohaeb shares that the family is particular that he would have to carve his own niche in the industry through his hard work and talent.

“I had a fun and chilled childhood like any other kid. My dad Raju Farooqui is a producer for Mukta Arts and Subhash Ghai is my uncle. In spite of belonging to a filmy family I had a very normal upbringing,” he says.

Zohaeb has been motivated by Ghai to take up acting as a profession. “He encouraged me to get into acting.

He told me to never ever give up and work hard enough to attract success. Career is not just about getting success but also retaining it,” adds the debutant, whose all time favourite Subhash Ghai film is Pardes.

He loves both the story and the beautiful songs in this Shah Rukh Khan and Mahima Chaudhry starrer.

Ask if he visited any of the filmmaker’s grand sets as a child and he replies, “Yes I have visited many of his sets quite a number of times.

I’m not able to collect any specific or memorable incident that had happened back then. But I remember chilling around, playing with people and having Pepsi / Cola.”

Having literally grown up in the industry, sharing about his impression of this space and what his father told him, he says, “All is not glamour here.

You need to work very hard to make it big. It’s a beautiful creative industry and a lot of people’s dreams are attached to it. But there’s more to it than what meets the eye.

When I decided to take the plunge, my father advised me to never waste producers’ time and money. He told me to work hard on my craft and remain humble throughout.”