Popular TV star and host Hussain Kuwajerwala has been missing from the small screen lately. Fondly remembered for his role in hit TV show, Kumkum, the actor has been busy with other commitments. For the past three years, he’d been part of successful musical, Zangoora. And now, he is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Shree, which releases this Friday. In this interview, he talks about switching mediums and taking chances in life.
Many TV actors such as Ayushmaan Khurrana and Sushant Singh Rajput debuted in Bollywood with experienced directors and big banners. Why did you choose Shree, which has a new producer and director?
I found the story exciting. It’s an edge-of-the seat thriller. I felt that if executed well, this film would be a good start for me. Yes, the project features new names, but you have to make a start somewhere. It might not be a classic way of debuting, but it may work in my favour. It’s a risk but not taking a risk is also a risk.
The promotions of Shree started only a few weeks ago. Do you think they will be able to create the right buzz?
The makers wanted to go all out only once the release date was locked. So in the last one month, we have promoted the film as much as we can. I agree we hadn’t been talking about the film for a long time, and this (promotions) does seem sudden.
Ever since you got involved with Zangoora in 2010, you didn’t take up any TV shows. Do you miss the small screen?
Yes, I miss being on TV. Luckily, I got the chance to host Indian Idol last year. For almost two years, I didn’t do any TV shows because I didn’t have the time. I have no regrets about being part of Zangoora and not doing TV shows, because there’s only so much I could do. It was a career decision that I took. After doing Kumkum for six-and-half years, I was looking for something new. I chose Zangoora because performing in a live entertainment show gives you a different kind of high. I still perform on weekends.
What are you focussing on? Film or TV shows?
It depends on the kind of projects I get. But I am primarily looking at films.