Friday, October 12, 2012

Adil picks up best actor award in US fest

Abdul Gani

Guwahati: This one couldn’t have come at a better time! Very much in news for his latest release English Vinglish, Adil Hussain has added one more international accolade to his trophy mantle — the best actor award in New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Festival (NJISACF). Hussain picked the best actor award on Tuesday for his role as JA Krishnamurthy in Unni Vijayan’s Lessons in Forgetting.

“It means a lot to me… Because the film is based on a very serious social issue of female foeticide. It’s a great pleasure to play JAK’s role. It would have been a typical boring character, but was directed very well to make it interesting. I’m thankful that it is received well by the viewers. I feel the Indian viewers, too, should watch it,” Adil told Seven Sisters Post from New Jersey on phone.

In Lessons in Forgetting, Adil plays a single father, J A Krishnamurthy or JAK, as he is fondly called. The story revolves around JAK and his relentless trail to find out how his teenage daughter, Smriti, played by debutante Maya Tideman, ends up on a hospital bed, almost dead. Helping JAK in his chase is a single mother Meera, played by Roshni Achreja, who is unable to make sense of her husband’s callousness; he walks out of their marriage, out of the blue, leaving her alone to bring up their two growing children and take care of her aging mother and grandmother, all on her own.

“It is JAK’s desperate attempt to unveil a gruesome incident affecting his daughter and his need for redemption that takes both Meera and him through a rocky trail that turns his life upside down. In the event, it gives JAK a peek into his daughter’s world,” Adil said of his character.

The subplot, subtly touches the subject of female foeticide and how fiercely guarded the issue is. The film is based on a novel by Anita Nair with the same name. The script is also written by her. “It’s a great thing to happen to the film and the entire team. But it’s Adil who made the film come alive,” Nair told Seven Sisters Post.

After collecting rave reviews for his role in English Vinglish, Adil will be seen in a meaty role in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera which also features Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. Besides, he will be seen playing a more dramatic role of Mustafa Fazil in Meera Nair’s Reluctant Fundamentalist.

His another highprofile project Life of Pi, directed by Oscar winner and Hollywood director Ang Lee , is slated for November release. Dedicated to South Asian independent films, the NJISACF first started in 2007.

The annual festival is produced by the Asian American Film and Theatre Project, a US based non-profit organisation committed to promotion, production and exhibition of film and theatre works that reflect the diverse experiences of the South Asian Diaspora across the globe. (Seven Sisters Post)


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