Whether it is playing Sridevi’s husband in ‘English Vinglish’ (2012) or the father in ‘Life of Pi’ (2012), Adil Hussain has always chosen characters that stands-out in a film. He has several terrific looking films lined up for release at the moment. But the one we’re most looking forward to – is Prawaal Raman’s ‘Main Aur Charles’, where Hussain plays a real-life character called Amod Kanth who was instrumental in the conviction of Charles Sobhraj after he was caught in Goa.
It was Amod who desperately wanted Charles to be behind bars and was the mastermind in the entire prosecution. Adil Hussain has also met the real Charles who inspired his role in Prawaal Raman’s ‘Main Aur Charles’.
“Director Prawaal Raman and I met Amod to know everything about him and the case. I just listened to Amod talk without asking too many questions. Some things emerged, which were extremely vital to the script and also helpful to my role,” said Adil Hussain.
Amod was someone he could easily relate to as a person. Like Amod, he too grew up in a strict home with a lot of discipline. Like him, Hussain believes in absolute honesty and integrity.
Hussain’s career in Hindi cinema started with first-time directors – Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Ishqiya’ and Gauri Shinde’s ‘English Vinglish’. Unlike them, Prawaal has helmed films before. “My criterion is the script and how believable it is. Prawaal directs and writes his own scripts and I feel it is a good choice. He is an intelligent director and I have already signed another film with him,” he added.
Hussain’s forthcoming projects include have ‘Parched’, ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’, a Marathi film, ‘Sunrise’, and an Assamese film called ‘Kothanodi’. He is also doing ‘Force 2’ with John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha.
Unlike most artistes, who stay over in Mumbai for professional reasons, Hussain prefers to lead a quiet life in New Delhi, where he has a home. But he fells happy that he has got more than he had ever bargained for.
“I act because I can’t live without it. It feeds my soul and fulfills my artistic needs and helps me grow as a person. The limelight feels like a bonus – I am happy if I get it and I am content without it too.”