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Adil Hussain
Adil Hussain

A dil Hussain, the man who left an impression with a small role in Ishqiya where he played Vidya Balan's scheming husband is making news all over again. Next week he will be seen as the doctor husband of Sarita Choudhury in For Real. Born in Assam, the 37-year-old says he wanted to pursue acting since he was seven. He says the only thing that he is passionate about in life is acting. “I acted in school plays, then I continued acting in college and later worked in theatre and films. Finally I joined National School of Drama.”

Immediately after that he received the Charles Wallace Trust Scholarship to study acting in England at the Drama Studio, London. Adil continued to act and to teach acting at different institutions in India and at the same time was undergoing intense training on the finer aspects of acting under the guidance of his teacher, Khalid Tyabji. Talking of achievements, Adil says, “My father was against my being in this profession. He wanted me to be a professor of English. He was disappointed when I told him my decision of joining the NSD. But when he saw me on BBC he was impressed. That is the biggest achievement for me.”

After For Real, Adil will be seen in another English film Ghanghor. “I am also playing a bad guy in Saif Ali Khan's Agent Vinod.”

In 1999, Adil acted as Othello in the acclaimed production of “Othello: A play in Black and White” by the Indian Shakespeare Company, directed by Roysten Abel which was awarded the Edinburgh Fringe First. He considers it as his best performance. “I felt that I did a good job for the first time.” He tours with this production till date, which has travelled in the last decade to various countries.

In danger of being branded as an intense actor, Adil says he is game for varied roles. “I was accepted as a comedian on the stage but somehow I don't get light roles in films.”

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