Adil Hussain

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Adil Hussain
Adil Hussain
Adil Hussain at Life of Pi press meet, 2012
Born (1963-10-05) 5 October 1963 (age 51)
Goalpara, Assam, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor

Adil Hussain (Assamese: আদিল হুছেইন, born 5 October 1963) is an Indian stage, television and film actor from the state of Assam, who works in mainstream Hindi cinema as well as art house cinema. He has worked in international films like The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Life of Pi (both 2012).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and brought up in Goalpara, Assam, where his father was a teacher, Hussain was the youngest of seven children.[2] Hussain acted in school plays.[3] He left home at age 18[4] to study philosophy at B. Borooah College, Guwahati,[2] he started acting in college plays and performing as a stand-up comedian. He also mimicked popular Bollywood actors in between the performances of a local stand-up comedian group, the Bhaya Mama Group. He worked as a stand-up comedian for six years, joined a mobile theatre and also did some local cinema,[4][5] before moving to Delhi, where he studied at National School of Drama (1990–1993). He also studied at the Drama Studio London on a Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship.[6][7][8]


After his return to India in 1994, Hussain joined with the mobile 'Hengul Theater' in Assam, here he worked for three years, before moving to Delhi.[2] He started his stage career in Delhi, though he continued training under Khalid Tyabji. After Tyabji he trained with Shaupon Boshu at Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, before starting training with Dilip Shankar in Delhi.[2] As an actor, he first received acclaim in Othello: A Play in Black and White (1999), which was awarded the Edinburgh Fringe First,[6] and later Goodbye Desdemona also directed by Roysten Abel. He remained the artistic director and Trainer of the Society for Artists and Performers in Hampi from 2004 to 2007,[5] and a visiting faculty at Royal Conservatory of Performing Arts, Hague.[9][10] He is also a visiting faculty at his alma mater, the National School of Drama.[5][8]

In 2004, he made his Bengali film debut along with Soha Ali Khan in the period drama Iti Srikanta, where he played the lead role.[11] On television, he appeared in the lead role, in the detective series Jasoos Vijay (2002–2003), produced by BBC World Service Trust. Though he had appeared in a few Assamese films,[8] did a small roles in Vishal Bhardwaj's Kaminey and Sona Jain's For Real, it was his role in Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya (2010) that got him attention in Bollywood,[12] though his first major role was in Saif Ali Khan-Kareena starrer Agent Vinod released in early 2012. In the same year, he appeared in Italian director Italo Spinelli's Gangor, Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Ang Lee's Life of Pi.[7]

He next appeared alongside Sridevi in the comedy drama English Vinglish (2012), and also received critical acclaim for his role in Lessons in Forgetting at the New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest.[13] His upcoming films are Aditya Bhattacharya's Bombay Most Wanted, Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera and Partho Sen-Gupta's Sunrise.[5]

2015 will see Adil play the lead role in the international feature film FEAST OF VARANASI (2015) where he plays a CBI officer sent to the holy city of Varanasi to resolve a serial killing case linked to sacrifice and ancient rites.

Personal life[edit]

Hussain is married and has a son. He currently lives in Delhi.[8]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2002-2003 Jasoos Vijay Vijay Hindi TV Series, Season 1 and 2
2003 In Othello Adil/Othello English
2004 Iti Srikanta Srikanta Bengali
2009 Kaminey Hindi
2010 Ishqiya Vidyadhar Verma/Shyam Prasad Kulshreshtha Hindi
2012 Agent Vinod Colonel Hindi
2012 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mustafa Fazil English
2012 English Vinglish Satish Godbole Hindi
2012 Life of Pi Santosh Patel English
2012 Lessons in Forgetting J.A. Krishnamoorthy English
2013 Lootera Inspector K.N. Singh Hindi
2013 Boyss Toh Boyss Hain Hindi
2014 Raag: The Rhythm of Love Iqbal Assamese First Assamese film in a lead role
2014 Kaanchi: The Unbreakable CBI officer Hindi
2014 The Xposé Rajan Hindi
2014 Sringkhal[14] Kalidas Assamese
2014 Rodor Sithi[15] Assamese
2014 Zed Plus Aslam Puncturewala Hindi First Hindi film in a lead role
2014 Tigers Bilal Hindi
2015 Main Aur Charles Amod Kant Hindi
Jai Ho Democracy Major Baruah Hindi
Unfreedom English/Hindi
Upcoming Blemished Light Devraj
Leena's Beauty Parlour Assamese Guest role
White Lies English
Feast of Varanasi English British film
Yatchan Tamil First Tamil film
Ahaan Hindi
Sunrise[16] Joshi Marathi First Marathi Film

Short Films (for Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute)


  1. ^ "Life of Pi – a fascinating story: movie review". EF News International. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Grey Matter". India Today. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Psychologies: ‘English Should Not Diminish Respect For All Languages’". Tehelka. 2 March 2013 , Issue 09 Volume 10. Retrieved 25 February 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Steamed to perfection". The Hindu. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "A new thinking woman's pin-up is born". Time Out, Mumbai. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Role call". The Hindu. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Goalpara boy hits the big time". The Times of India. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Adil Hussain: Destiny's child". The Times of India, Crest Edition. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "I’m Sridevi's husband: Adil Hussain". Hindustan Times. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Adil Hussain creates space in the world stage". Assam Times. 8 November 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Adil is back". The Times of India. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "I'm paid well now: Adil Hussainref". The times of India. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "'English Vinglish' star Adil Hussain wins best actor award at US fest". CNN-IBN. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Adil Hussain to act in Assamese film". The Times of India (Guwahati). TNN. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Deka, Prantik (29 September 2013). "Rodor Sithi progressing well". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
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