Born and bred in a conservative Shia, the eclectic Danish Husain is a theatre director, actor, poet, writer, columnist, and storyteller. With no formal training in acting and theatre, his skills in poetry, prose, and drama reflect in the performances he delivers. There is no doubt that Danish is a man who is blessed with multiple talents and that’s a big win for him. Well, there are many things that people want to know about him and his life and career ventures and here we have compiled some lesser facts to get to know about the super talented man. Before moving onto facts, here we are telling you that he has gained immense respect, fame, and recognition in his career life. And that’s incredibly amazing!
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Danish Husain
1- Holds a Masters Degree
Graduating from Delhi School of Economics, Husain acquired a Masters in Economics. He was gearing up for a Ph.D. from the University of West Virginia but ended up with an MBA and eventually a corporate job.
2- Career Venture
After five and a half years of working at a bank, Danish quit pursuing acting and theatre full time. Soon he enrolled himself in the three-month Barry John acting workshop which had produced students like Shahrukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee. The company’s theatre group cast Danish as Ponkshe in the play Khamosh! Adalat Jari Hai.
In 2006, Naseeruddin Shah invited him to perform at the Prithvi Theatre. In a short time, Danish acted with some of the best theatre directors like Rajinder Nath, Sabina Mehta Jaitley, MK Raina, MS Sathyu, and Habib Tanvir. He was part of the latter’s celebrated play Agra Bazaar.
4- Notable Projects
Danish owns a theatre company, The Hoshruba Repertory in Mumbai. It opened with Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. He has directed masterpieces like Ira Lewis’s Chinese Coffee, an adaptation of Ibn-e-Insha’s Qissa Urdu Ki Akhri Kitab Ka, Ek Punjab Ye Bhi, Guards At The Taj, and Untitled #1.
5- Acting Portfolio
His notable film credits include Mee Raqsam, Newton (India’s entry to Oscars 2018), Soorma, Alif, Baazaar, Ankhon Dekhi, Dhobi Ghat, and Peepli Live. Danish also featured on Tv in Bin Kuch Kahe and Losing Gemma. He exuded stellar performances in the Netflix political thriller Bard of Blood and drama series Bombay Begums.
For scintillating roles such as Shams Tabrizi in Rumi: Unveil The Sun, Danish won the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010 he also won the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi, for reviving Dastangoi; telling of an epic.
7- Dastangoi-Urdu storytelling
His role in reviving the lost art of Urdu storytelling has been an instrumental one. Qissebaazi, his storytelling project involves the dramatic and vernacular recitation of tales in Haryanvi, Marwari, Bengali, Hindu, and Urdu.
Donning multiple hats, Danish Husain is a writer and a poet. His Theatre Company recently launched a poetry performance project Poetrification, with Denzil Smith.