The Dubai connection

Published Jan 14, 2014, 8:21 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 6:26 am IST
Adil Ibrahim, an engineering student who became a VJ in Dubai, is now looking to make a mark as an actor

Like a lot of engineering students, Adil Ibrahim too once bunked classes and appeared for an audition for a television show. The producers liked him and Adil became a television show host. Dubai was the venue, and it still is. But now he is facing the camera for an entirely  different reason. He is acting in a film by Ashok R. Nath. “I was in Dubai when I got a call from Ashok sir,” says Adil.

“Ashok sir said he wanted to meet me when he comes here. He did not mention anything about what I had to do in the film. I would have settled for any role the national award-winning director offered, but when I was told that I was to play the lead, I was over the moon,” says Adil, who has just finished acting in his first film 'Persiakkaran'. “One of my close friends, Ranjith Meleppat, had referred my name to him. Ranjith is also the music director for this bilingual project.”


Sometime after his VJing days, Adil had also tried his hand at being an RJ for a couple of years. The experience he gained as an RJ?will now come in handy, as that’s the role he plays in 'Persiakkaran'. “While enacting  the RJ scenes, I was reliving my radio days. My character Aravind is full of life like most vibrant radio jockeys we see around. But due to circumstances in the story, the character shifts profoundly.”

'Persiakkaran' revolves around a few characters living in the UAE. “Though the name depicts the era of the 70s, the story happens in the present” says Adil.

Most of the actors in the film are new faces just like Adil, except for Mukesh, who plays a philanthropist and Kochu Preman as Backar Sahib.  The film, a bilingual made in Malayalam and Tamil, is being produced under the banner of New TV productions, written and directed by Ashok R. Nath.