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Sight & Sound – Prantik Deka

Adil Hussain Nominated for Best Actor in Norway

National Award winning actor Adil Hussain has been nominated in the Best Actor category for Norway’s top national movie award Amanda, for Iram Haq’s critically-acclaimed film ‘What Will People Say’.

The film explores the clash of cultures through the story of a teenage Pakistani-Norwegian girl, whose immigrant parents are horrified with her affair with a local boy. The film is also nominated for the best film, actor, director and script. The award ceremony will take place on August 18 and Adil plans to attend it. Adil, who played the role of a doting yet controlling father in the film, has already won the Kanon Award at Kosmorama film festival, which is Norway’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Haq’s feature debut ‘I Am Yours’ was Norway’s nomination for the Oscars in 2013. The actor said he really liked Haq’s style of storytelling and is happy to be recognised in the country.

“One of the casting directors in India contacted me and then I spoke to the director. I really liked the script. I had also liked her first film. This film opened in Toronto International Film Festival and has travelled to many others. The film was very successful in Norway where it ran for six months,” Adil said.

The actor, whose international projects include Life of Pi, Reluctant Fundamentalist and Gangor, says he is open to well-written stories from around the globe. “My first international film was ‘Gangor’ which was directed by Italian filmmaker Italo Spinelli. I am open to stories which have a nuanced perspective on inter-human relationship.”

Besides Bollywood, Adil has also done English, Assamese and Bengali movies. His last release was ‘Bioscopewala’, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s story Kabuliwala. He was also seen in Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Aiyaary’.

Adil, who won Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards for Hindi film ‘Mukti Bhawan’ and Assamese film ‘Maj Rati Keteki’, is now all set to act in his first Khasi language feature film. He will be a part of Wanphrang Diengdoh’s ‘Lorni’, which deals with traditional cultural landscapes that are rapidly vanishing in a cosmopolitan place like Shillong.

Speaking about the film, Adil Hussain said, “The name of the film is ‘Lorni’ in Khasi. In English, it’s called Flaneur. Lorni in Khasi means that someone who tries to find out what’s going on. It’s a story of a private investigator, who struggles to find a job in Shillong. So he waits for someone who would come asking for little things.”

Hussain had also conducted a workshop that saw enthusiastic participation of the film’s co-actors in Shillong. The film will be shot from July 15 in various locations in Shillong and neighbouring areas.