– Rinku Gupta
Director Shankar’s Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 is currently under production. Apart from Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar who is playing a major role in the film as the villain, actor ADIL HUSSAIN is also playing a crucial role, which has been kept under wraps. The English Vinglish actor had shot for the film for the first time, in Chennai. The shoot was held indoors at a big public hall in Chennai’s Adyar area, with several junior artists. As we caught up with Adil Hussain post the shoot, we learnt that the actor who has been prepping for the role for some time now, has undergone a makeover for his role. Adil had been preparing for his role by watching a lot of TV news programs to observe a certain famous personality on whom his character is based. Now, when Adil finally attended his first schedule, he not only met director Shankar for the first time, but also shot with his new makeover.
We learn that the tall actor had a new hairstyle and sported a pair of reading glasses, along with a very different dress code than the usual, in keeping with the character he portrays. As with all Shankar films, the details are being kept under wraps and Adil is tight-lipped about his role. But the surmise is that his role in based on a popular celebrity, or politician.
Though Rajinikanth was not part of his day long shoot, Adil is all praise for director Shankar whom he met for the first time after being signed on, “He was everything I had imagined him to be. From the photos I had seen of him, I had an impression that Shankar would be a gentle and relaxed person. He is exactly like that. He’s pleasant, soft-spoken and the gentlest director I’ve met. On his sets, one feels completely at peace, despite the fact that he’s making such a mega project with such high expectations all around.”
So what was his first day of shoot for 2.0 like ? Apparently, Adil had to contend with several pages of dialogues for the crucial scene, which he shot with a lot of junior artists. But having debuted in Tamil earlier with Yatchan, and having acted in six languages, Adil managed to deliver the goods, “I had a day’s shoot and got the dialogues only an hour before the shot. But I’m used to hearing the language since I have acted in Yatchan earlier so I managed to deliver the several pages of dialogues quite well.”
A stickler for perfection like director Shankar, Adil wanted to put his best foot forward for the Rajinikanth starrer, “Shankar had complete trust in me and after explaining the scene, gave me full freedom to do it my way. But many a time, I felt compelled myself to give a few extra takes so that he could choose the best amongst them.”
Though Adil did not meet Rajinikanth during this one day shoot, he’ s hopeful of meeting the Kabali star during his next schedule in September. In the meantime, Adil is busy preparing for his theatre project based on Shakespeare, directed by his National School of Drama classmate Roysten Abel. He will also be part of a unique project for the digital platform, titled Romeo and Juliet, with Kalki Koechlin, apart from Subhash Butiyani’s play Mukti Bhavan to be staged at the Venice Biennale College.