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Adil Hussain Returns to Busan With ‘The Storyteller,’ ‘Max, Min and Meowzaki,’ Reveals Raft of Future Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

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Naman Ramachandran After “Sunrise” in 2014 and a double whammy with “The Wayfarers” and “Nirvana Inn” in 2019, Indian thespian Adil Hussain is back at the Busan International Film Festival this year with two more films – “The Storyteller” in the Jiseok section, and “Max, Min and Meowzaki” in the Open Cinema strand.

Hussain, best known internationally for “Life of Pi” and “Star Trek: Discovery,” also won global plaudits for “What Will People Say” and “Hotel Salvation.” Both of the actor’s Busan films this year are by festival alumni – “The Storyteller,” is by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, whose “Bittersweet” was in Busan 2020 and “Max, Min and Meowzaki” is helmed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, who was at Busan in 2016 with “A Billion Colour Story.” In “The Storyteller” Hussain plays Goradia, a Gujarati businessman who believes that once physical wealth is accumulated, happiness will follow, but this proves not to be the case.

The film is based on a story by the late, great Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray. “He [Ray] of course pitted Gujarat and Bengal against each other.

One state is a place where people believe in physical wealth way more – I’m not saying the entire community – but most of the people are very business minded and they like accumulating physical wealth – and Bengal on the other hand has a history of intellectual knowledge and ability or the aspiration towards acquiring intellectual knowledge or knowledge, per se,” Hussain told Variety. “And so, this meeting of the Bengali storyteller and the Gujarati businessman has to be seen from that perspective.” In a reversal of casting stereotypes, veteran Gujarati actor Paresh Rawal plays the Bengali storyteller and Hussain, who is from eastern India and proficient in

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