First of Many: Zakir Hussain revisits Firdaus


Actor Zakir Hussain has constructed a outstanding filmography throughout industries over time. His Hindi movie credit embrace titles like Sarkar, Ek Hasina Thi, Darna Zaruri Hai, Black Friday, Johnny Gaddaar and Paan Singh Tomar. More lately, he performed outstanding roles in Andhadhun, Singham Returns, Badlapur and Holiday.

In the approaching days, Hussain can be seen in digital reveals like Sandwiched Forever, Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare Season 2 and Thullay. He additionally has Satyameva Jayate 2 with John Abraham and Indian 2 with Kamal Haasan in his kitty.

But how did all of it start for Zakir Hussain? Here’s what the actor shared:

1. What was your first mission? How did it come to you?

I used to be 28. One of my NSD lecturers was concerned in a TV present titled Firdaus, primarily based on Kashmir’s issues. She advised me the crew wants actors and so I ought to go and meet them. There wasn’t any audition course of again then, however I did enact some scenes casually. They appreciated me and shortly after, I bought chosen as its protagonist. The capturing started as quickly as I handed out from NSD in 1993.

The downside of Kashmir was at its peak in 1993-1994. And the phrase ‘firdaus’ means heaven. So the present highlighted the appearance of terrorism on this heaven. Its story revolved round a household of scarf weavers, and the way the college-going son Ashraf will get trapped and brainwashed to turn out to be a terrorist. And I performed Ashraf. It had weapons and fights. The authorities solely supplied us with the logistics for the present. It bought telecast on Doordarshan in 1994.

Zakir Hussain bought chosen for Firdaus quickly after passing out from NSD. (Photo: PR Handout)

2. What do you bear in mind of your first day on set?

I don’t bear in mind a lot. I believe the primary day of shoot was in Chamba. It was additionally shot in locations like Khajiar and Dalhousie, as capturing in Kashmir was not allowed again then.

3. Were you nervous? How many retakes did you are taking?

I used to be excited and assured to do one thing completely different as this was a brand new zone for me. I realized the technicalities of the digital camera like my close-up and my OS (over-the-shoulder shot) from this serial. Being a scholar of theatre and never figuring out a lot about TV, I had an curiosity in studying all this.

4. How was the rapport along with your co-stars while you bought to satisfy or work with them once more?

It was written by Piyush Mishra. It had Rohitash Gaud, Hemant Pandey, Saurabh Shukla and plenty of others. All of us did performs collectively at Mandi House and had been new again then. We started our skilled journey nearly collectively. So engaged on this present was rather a lot of enjoyable. Whenever we meet, we discuss in regards to the present and our theatre days.

5. If given an opportunity to return to your debut position, what would you want to vary or do higher?

Playing Ashraf gained’t go well with my age immediately (laughs). And everytime you return and watch your work, you all the time discover scope for enchancment. In theatre, you possibly can enhance one thing on stage the subsequent day. But in tv or movie, what is finished is finished. It’s the director’s name, even should you want to redo it.

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6. One movie or position that impressed you to turn out to be an actor?

There’s nobody actor as such. As a lot as I like Dilip Kumar, I like KL Saigal. And the cinema of immediately reached us passing by way of these artistes. Every actor has 3-Four outstanding performances of their profession.


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