Actor Adil Hussain, the suave and intelligent Colonel from Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod, played the part of the villain with a touch of finesse.
Though the film didn’t receive great reviews, most critics appreciated his role. He says, “I was only involved with shooting a few portions of the film. So I didn’t know what was happening with the other actors until I saw the finished product. I am intrigued by the diverse responses, though I thoroughly enjoyed working on the film and I’m happy a sequel is being planned.”
Ask him why he skipped the film’s premiere, and he says, “I had a prior commitment to teach a group of actors at the Kingdom Of Dreams in Delhi. But I saw the film’s first show later.”
Prior to a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in Ishqiya (2010), Adil has done a few Assamese films and TV shows, apart from teaching acting at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi and the Royal Conservatory of Performing Arts at The Hague.
The NSD graduate will be seen next in R Balki’s upcoming film, English Vinglish. Adil adds, “I am playing Sridevi’s husband.” And wasn’t he apprehensive about acting in Gauri Shinde’s debut project, a female-dominated story, which marks Sridevi’s comeback? He laughs, “I was apprehensive about playing an insensitive man who doesn’t value his wife. I’m not like that at all. My character doesn’t know that his wife needs to be treated with respect, he thinks that’s the way things are. It’s a light-hearted narrative.”
The actor will also be seen in Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi along with Irrfan and Tabu, followed by Mira Nair’s Reluctant Fundamentalist, along with Hollywood actors Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson. Adil also plays the role of an encounter cop in Aditya Bhattacharya’s Bombay’s Most Wanted.
He adds, “I would love to do comedy next. I was a stand-up comedian in Assam for six years before I joined NSD.”