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Nationality  Indian
Years active  1999–present
Name  Adil Hussain
Spouse  Kristen Jain
Occupation  Actor
Height  (5 ft 11 in (1.80 m))
Role  Television actor
Education  National School of Drama
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Born  5 October 1963 (age 52) (1963-10-05) Goalpara, Assam, India
Known for  The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Life of Pi
Movies  Life of Pi, Main Aur Charles, English Vinglish, Zed Plus, Unfreedom
Similar People  Prawaal Raman, Gauri Shinde, Richa Chadda, Rafe Spall, Ang Lee

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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).


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Early life and education

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Born and brought up in Goalpara, Assam, where his father was a teacher, Hussain was the youngest of seven children. Hussain acted in school plays. He left home at age 18 to study philosophy at B. Borooah College, Guwahati, 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, 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.


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. 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. As an actor, he first received acclaim in Othello: A Play in Black and White (1999), which was awarded the Edinburgh Fringe First, 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, and a visiting faculty at Royal Conservatory of Performing Arts, Hague. He is also a visiting faculty at his alma mater, the National School of Drama.

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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. 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, 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, 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.

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. His upcoming films are Aditya Bhattacharya's Bombay Most Wanted, Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera and Partho Sen-Gupta's Sunrise.

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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.

Life membership

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In 2013, after having conducted film workshop at University Film Club, Aligarh Muslim University, actor Adil Hussain was granted a lifetime membership in the university's film club.

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Adil has been honored by Sandeep Marwah with the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television at Noida Film City.


Short Films (for Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute)
  • Doctor, Nurse and Patient (Hindi, 2010)
  • Infected (English, 2012)
  • Muniya ( Hindi, 2013)
  • One Last Question (Hindi/Assamese, 2014)
  • References

    Adil Hussain Wikipedia