Bigg Boss 14 contestant Eijaz Khan's life has been an emotional roller-coaster

Updated: 15 October, 2020 11:57 IST | Nikita Wagh
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    Born on August 28, 1975, Eijaz Khan hails from Hyderabad, India. The actor had a difficult childhood as his parents got separated when he was just 3. While he had to move to Mumbai with his father and elder brother Imran Khan, his mother chose to stay in Hyderabad. She gave birth to Eijaz's younger sister, but Eijaz could not see his sister for almost 13 years. (All photos/Eijaz Khan's Instagram account)

    In picture: Eijaz Khan with his siblings.

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    Eijaz left his home in his teens as he used to not get along well with his father and enrolled for an engineering course. Needless to say, he struggled to manage his fees.

    In picture: Eijaz Khan posted this picture with his father and brother. He captioned it, "All that is intelligent and practical in us. Is him. Can't thank him enough for single-handedly raising us to be awesome. [sic]"

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    However, a few years down the line, Eijaz Khan admitted that he was wrong and his father was right in correcting him. Things were sorted between the two eventually. "I thought I was a rebel, but later I realised I was an idiot. How cool is starving and sleeping at stations? My dad wasn't wrong, maybe his approach was wrong," said Eijaz.

    In picture: Eijaz Khan shared this throwback picture from his struggling days, where he was a background dancer (the one in the yellow shirt).

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    Eijaz Khan lost his mother in 1991, after which he met his sister for the first time, who was 13-years-old then. Eijaz hardly has any memories with his mom, but all he remembers is his parents' fights.

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    Life has been an emotional roller coaster ride for Eijaz Khan — with a troubled childhood and complicated relationships, the actor has experienced a lifetime of upheavals.

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    After years of searching for answers, Eijaz Khan revealed that he finally addressed his mental illness and began going to therapy in 2018. Looking back on the past, he acknowledges that the baggage he carried from his parents' separation in his childhood affected his relationships.

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    "[Over the years], I have made other people's lives miserable without realising that I was hurting myself more than them. I have had to accept myself when the success went to my head and I made the wrong choices. Over the years, I have understood my trauma patterns and why I was acting out. That road to self-discovery has prepared me for the show," said the actor, who is an animal lover.

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    In picture: Eijaz Khan lost two of his pets this year. He found solace by being a foster parent to abandoned dogs during the lockdown. He posted this picture on Instagram and captioned it: "I don't find peace and happiness anywhere else. Happy #FurryFriday guys! Upload a photograph of you with your furry friend with the hashtag #FurryFridayWithEijaz and the cutest photograph will get a special something from me. You guys ready? Upload now! Let's show some love to those who love us the most. [sic]"

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    Eijaz Khan made his acting debut with a small role in Sohail Khan-starrer Maine Dil Tujhko Diya in 2002, which was followed by a special appearance in the 2003 film Zameer's song Dilli Ki Sardi, alongside Amrita Arora. He also featured in Kuch Na Kaho's song Tumhein Aaj Maine Jo Dekha. He danced with Abhishek, Aishwarya and Gautami Gadgil in the song.

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    On the television front, Eijaz Khan, who is remembered for his lead role in Kavyanjali, was featured in several television shows such as Kahiin To Hoga, Kayaamat, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kkoi Dil Mein Hai, Kesar, Kkusum, Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa, Kasamh Se, Kayamath, Doli Saja Ke, Karam Apnaa Apnaa, Bhaskar Bharti, Dil Se Diya Vachan, Laut Aao Trisha, Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaagey, Bepanah Pyaar, among others.

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    In 2013, Eijaz Khan made his theatre debut with a play called The Seduction. He believes "true acting" happens on the stage when you have to connect with the live audience sitting in front of you. 

    In picture: Eijaz Khan shared this oh-so-hot picture of him, flaunting his toned body and captioned it, "'Why do you always show your body off?' Well, if you work your ass off & make sacrifices to afford a Ferrari, do you keep it in the garage? [sic]"

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    Even after having worked in a string of television shows as well as films such as Tanu Weds Manu and Zilla Gaziabad, doing theatre was a big responsibility for the actor. "I was scared of the theatre. In TV you can take 20 takes. Even in films, it is the directors, DOPs (director of photography), editor's responsibility. But in theatre, it is only you," he said.

    In picture: Eijaz Khan with his Tanu Weds Manu co-stars R Madhavan and Deepak Dobriyal. He captioned this picture: From last nights pawrrty. #TanuWedsManuReturns. Blockbuster. Jassi, Manu, Pappi RULE. [sic]

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    Eijaz Khan is now witnessing a new adventure in Bigg Boss 14, as he is one of the contestants of the season. He is aware that the coming three months won't be a cakewalk. "No matter how much you prepare yourself, what happens inside is a different ball game altogether. What is the point in strategising to showcase only your good side? You can't hold pretences for that long. At the end of the day, the audience will relate to you only if you show your true self, even if that means you are an a**hole," said Eijaz Khan.

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    Here's wishing good luck to Eijaz Khan for his Bigg Boss stint.

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Television actor Eijaz Khan is making headlines for his stint in Bigg Boss season 14. We look at his personal life in pictures.

First Published: 15 October, 2020 09:05 IST