In a free-wheeling interview with CS, Hussain opens up about life, work and taking time off.
Actually, I lost my father when I was very young. I am the youngest amongst my three siblings. My elder brother who is a director of TV shows has been like a father figure to me. He has been my guide and mentor throughout my life.
As a college student, I was pretty chilled out and laidback with no concrete plans for my future. However, my brother pushed me into taking life more seriously. I started going for auditions and got my first break in the TV show Aashirwad. Then, I got hooked onto acting, I started doing the right kind of work, met the right people and worked on discovering my acting skills.
Till date, my best stint on TV has to be Krishna Arjun. I played the role of a detective solving a variety of cases across Mumbai. As a child, I always loved such characters. The stunts and action sequences made the show a truly challenging one.
The ‘live’ act
Performing on stage is very different from acting in films or TV. I took on this opportunity because it was a totally new thing for me. I am glad for the support I got from theatre artistes. Being a part of such a huge musical also involves physical training, which is no less than military training. After a day’s performance, we get so tired that we can sleep literally anywhere. Stage is a huge platform as it allows you to explore, expand and think laterally.
As an actor, I have become more disciplined. Performing live gives you a chance to improvise in every show. It also gives you the confidence to face so many people and give your best in a single take. I still feel I have long way to go. In Las Vegas, I had seen a few musical shows and wondered if something similar could be done in India. Then, suddenly Zangoora happened and people liked it. I want people from all over the world to see it.
Life is not busy as it used to be earlier, as I am doing the musical only on the weekends. My wife Tina and I take three to four holidays in a year. We often go to Europe and Australia. Some time back, I completed my scuba-diving training in Phuket. I am a certified diver now! I am a nature lover, and New Zealand is one of my favourite places. I love the hills, beaches and the small scenic villages that dot the countryside.