"He (Priyadarshan) is very demanding. He expects the best out of you and doesn't like excuses when you are on the sets and cannot come up with the goods," the 31-year-old said here.
Zayed and Priyadarshan have teamed up for the first time in "Tezz", which also features Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani, Kangna Ranaut and Sameera Reddy, with southern superstar Mohanlal in a cameo.
"He (Priyadarshan) is a task master. If he gets disinterested in your performance and if the performance is not up to the mark, he'll cancel the whole shoot and he'll say get lost, go find yourself and when you are ready tell me because I don't want to waste my time', which is very unnerving at times," said Zayed.
"But of course, that brings the best out of you," he added.
Zayed says Priyadarshan is one of those rare directors for whom stars drop their attitude.
"He is a completely old school director who has constantly evolved as a person and as a director with his films."
"I feel Priyan sir is the kind of guy... Even if you have ten stars waiting for their shot, none of them really minds it because they know when he takes his and their time, he crafts the scene so well and he makes you understand what you have to do so well that you feel you are in damn good hands," he added.
"Tezz" will release April 27.