The brilliant Adil Husain, so convincing as Sridevi's unintentionally cruel husband in English Vinglish, is now going to be seen as Tabu's husband in Ang Lee's The Life Of Pi, which releases in English, Hindi and other dubbed languages on November 23.
In fact at the premiere if English Vinglish last week Adil, who is a seasoned stage actor and acting teacher, trained at the National School of Drama, sat and watched the film with Tabu.
Says the actor fondly, "Yes, I met up with my latest screen-wife at the English Vinglish premiere. Tabu is very special, just like Sridevi. In fact my first screen-wife Vidya Balan from Ishqiya, was also there at the premiere. So I got a chance to meet up with my three glorious screen-wives all at the same venue. It was a pleasure working with all three of them."
The way the role of Sridevi's husband came to Adil makes an even more interesting story. "I was shooting at an inaccessible place when the casting director of English Vinglish asked me to shoot two scenes from the film on a video camera and send it to the director. Gauri Shinde saw the scenes and I was on. That I was playing Sridevi's husband was entirely a stroke of luck. I am fortunate to have bagged the role. I know so many husbands like the guy in English Vinglish. I didn't try to act. I behaved how I've seen friends behave with their wives."
Luckily for Adil, his own wife in real life has no such grievances. "We are very happily married," informs the actor who is at the moment kicked about his next film, Partho Sengupta's Sunrise.
Says Adil, "It's not a big Bollywood blockbuster. I am really not interested in overnight fame or mass popularity. I love to act. I've been doing so on stage for many years now. Cinema is just one more avenue to explore my passion for acting. I am glad I am being noticed in English Vinglish. I want to do roles that are layered and enigmatic, like the one in Sriram Raghavan's Agent Vinod."
Adil is uncomfortable with Bollywood's lack of protocol. "In Hollywood even Penelope Cruz has to audition for The Pirates Of The Caribbean. In Hindi cinema no one asks the stars to audition. I am glad that every role I've done so far has come to after auditions."