In Conversation With Adil Hussain (2020)

  • Interviewed by Peter Webber
  • 1h 12m

Adil Hussain made his early foray into cinema, from a theatre background by jumping into notable roles in films like Kaminey, Ishqiya, Agent Vinod, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Deepa Mehta, and then straight into the high profile TIFF hit, English Vinglish, playing an antagonist husband to Bollywood icon, the late Sridevi (RIP), in a pivotal role. He hit Hollywood in a big way, by playing the father to Pi, in Life of Pi, and has been in LIFF hits like Tigers / White Lies, Parched, Love Sonia, What Will People Say, and Umrika, and hit UK screens with films like Hotel Salvation, Shankar’s massive budget film 2.0 with Superstar Rajinikanth. Adil is one of Bollywood’s early adopters to streaming platforms with the series Delhi Crime by Richie Mehta, and his straight to Netflix hit Rajma Chawal by Leena Yadav where he makes a delightful cameo appearance. A longtime friend of the festival, Adil takes part to this special “In Conversation” event, where he delves into the depth of his craft, as a boy from Assam, who has grown into one of India’s finest actors. He talks to the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” director Peter Webber, about how he gets into character, demonstrates how breathing is key to tapping out emotions for scenes, and what inspires him to work hard in his first love, which is theatre.