Dubai: Returning to direction after a decade, actor Rahul Bose is all set to adapt Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid's novel 'Moth Smoke' for his second big screen project.
   
Rahul's directorial debut 'Everybody Says I Am Fine' was released in 2001. It has been a while since the actor wanted to adapt 'Moth Smoke' but the project got delayed due to financial problems.
   
But things have started falling into place for him and he plans to take up the movie by next year.    

Set in modern day Lahore, Mohsin's first book 'Moth Smoke' is about a banker who loses his job, falls in love with his best friend's wife and gets involved with drugs.
   
Mohsin's second novel 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is already being adapted by Mira Nair.
   
"I directed my first film 11 years ago. Hopefully I will direct Moth Smoke by next year. I have the book rights for seven years and we just completed the financial deal," Bose
said on the sidelines of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where his film 'Laptop' was screened.
   
In 'Laptop', directed by Kaushik Ganguly, Bose plays the role of a publisher. The actor, however, says the film is more important than his part.
   
"Laptop as a film has more meaning than my role. It is an ensemble piece where my story is least important. But as a film it is sensitive and well enacted. I am very happy with
the way it has shaped up."
   
Ganguly's last film 'Just Another Love Story' garnered much critical acclaim around the globe but Rahul says he is yet to see the film.

"I have not seen 'Just Another Love Story'. For me, 'Laptop' was a leap of faith."

After DIFF, Bose is headed to the Kerala Film Festival as a jury and the actor says he is going to enjoy watching films.
   
"I have been offered to be on jury at least three times before but I never had the time. But this time I am going to enjoy watching films. Three of my films have gone to the Kerala festival before."
   
The 44-year-old actor traverses easily between different languages. After 'Laptop', he will be seen playing a negative character in Kamal Hasan starrer 'Viswaroopam', which is in Tamil. He has already done films in Bengali, Hindi, English and Malayalam.
   
When asked whether languages affect him as an actor, Bose said, "Yes, they do. A language gives birth to physicality. English does not lend itself to great physicality, Bengali and
Malayalam do. Now I am working with Kamal Hasan in a Tamil film. Language forms your physical gesture and that impacts your performance."
   
"'Viswaroopam' is a full-on action film. There are guns, helicopter, wire-work. I had a blast doing it. It is a superb, complex character."
   
Often called the poster boy of parallel cinema, Bose says one should not take these tags seriously.
   
"There are so many poster boys now; you should not take them seriously. There is a division between mainstream and art house cinema because mainstream films are to make money and they need to follow a hit formula whereas art house film whether good or bad - and there are many bad art house films - do not follow a formula."
   
The actor says he did not plan to be a part of art-house films but the projects that he chose came from a decision to follow his instinct. Though there were doubts initially.
   
"In the early years, I felt maybe I should be more popular but it was very fleeting. Once I started doing films, I forgot about it and did not really care."

(Agencies)