Adil Hussain initially got noticed in Ishqiya and was next seen in Agent Vinod playing a rather minor role. Then he portrayed Sridevi’s husband in her comeback film English Vinglish. He continued the spousal act with Tabu in Life of Pi. Adil will be next seen in Mira Nair’s upcoming film. However, the Assamese actor feels he has done nothing exceptional in any of the aforementioned movies and that his best is yet to come.
“I am nowhere close to my real potential but am sure I will be there very soon,” he says. Nonetheless, the Delhi-based actor admits to getting better offers than ever before. “I try to see if the script and situations are challenging enough. I stay away from one-dimensional roles as I often ask myself-is the role worth exploring or is the director exciting? There are so many elements I look into now,” he adds.
The 49-year-old is currently shooting in Assam for a local film and is looking forward to the release of two of his projects from the so-called parallel cinema. On being asked how come north-easterners are almost absent in Bollywood, Adil gives a convincing explanation. “The north east is a huge area with an extraordinary mix of languages.
And to get out of that vernacular influence on Hindi is quite difficult. So in my opinion, our poor diction betrays us. On the other hand, you’ll find Assamese people doing pretty well in the world of music. It’s kind of strange as the urgency to break into the acting industry is lacking as of now.”