Born and brought up in Assam, where Adil Hussain’s father was a teacher, he was the youngest of seven children. He acted in school plays. He left home at age 18 for study at Guwahati. He started acting in college plays and performing as a stand-up comedian. He also mimicked popular Bollywood actors in between the performances of a local stand-up comedian group. He worked as a stand-up comedian for six years, joined a mobile theatre and also did some local cinema before moving to Delhi, where he studied at National School of Drama.