A poular model, Hussain Kuwajerwalla was noticed in the long running Indian soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and then Kumkum which has been his longest-running and most successful soap to date. Alongside acting, Hussain has also anchored several successful shows like Shabaash India, Kisme Kitna Hai Dum, Kuch Kar Dikhana Hai and Khullja Sim Sim (second season), Indian Idol 3, Indian Idol 4, Dance Premier League and Indian Idol 5. He also participated and won the reality show Nach Baliye 2, along with his wife Tina. The handsome TV star is all set to make his big screen debut with the sci-fi thriller Shree. We caught up with the amiable actor to know more about his debut film.
What made you accept Shree as your debut film?
Basically, I liked the story and I believe the story is everything and during the narration by director Rajesh Bacchani, who is a good writer too, I had full confidence that he will deliver as an actor.
Who and what is Shree?
Shree played by me is an ordinary man working in a telecom company and is in love with a girl but doesn’t have money. Randhawa, a wealthy businessman, in his ceaseless pursuit of power, has zeroed in on Shree as his last guinea pig. Shree is the last piece of puzzle of a scientific experiment, devised by a brilliant scientist, supported by commissioner of police and funded by Randhawa. He offers him Rs.20 lakh and a huge house to make him give just 12 hours of his life for the experiment which can change the world and be good for many people if successful. He trusts them and needs the money, excitedly Shree trades in 12 hours of his life. But as soon as these 12 hours start, he finds that his simple life has been turned upside down. Accused of murdering the scientist, the commissioner of police and many more people. Shree an ordinary man, now is the most wanted man in the city. Now he must use his wit and intelligence to prove his innocence. Now he must rise above the ordinary, and become extraordinary.
Did you prepare in any way for the shoot?
Yes. My director held workshops for most of the scenes especially the ones with lots of special effects but due to these workshops it was easier for me to perform.
Who is the leading lady opposite you?
It’s Anjali Patil of Chakravyuha fame and it was great working with her.
How is Rajesh Bachchani as a director?
He is very precise and knows the craft especially because he has written many successful shows for television and is very good with slick special effects.
Where has the film been shot?
Mainly around Mumbai locales and Uttan.
What are you busy with now?
The first-ever Bollywood musical, Zangoora: The Gypsy Prince at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon. I play the lead opposite Gauhar Khan and Kashmira Irani. And is like a lavish Broadway musical with 100 set pieces and actors.
Given a choice would you come back to television?
Why not? Television has given me name, fame and money but it depends on what stories and concepts are offered to me.
Who are your role models and icons that you follow?
Definitely Bachchan saab!
Who are the directors you would like to work with?
Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag Kashyap and so many others.
Another star is born!