Arshad Warsi’s role in Anand Kumar’s next is modelled on Mahender Fauji, a Ghaziabad-based outlaw. The film goes on floors from July onwards, and the actor is expected to wrap up his work in two months.
“I play the villain. It’s a very hard-hitting character and I’ve already started preparing for it. I’m growing my hair and my complexion, I feel, has already become perfectly colour-coordinated after my road trip to Ladakh,” laughs Arshad. Based on the northern gang wars that took place between ’80s and ’90s, Zilla Ghaziabad also stars Vivek Oberoi.
Adds Arshad: “I have basic knowledge about Fauji. I’m speaking to the film’s writers to get a hang of the character. The most important part will be to understand Fauji’s temperament or may I say, ‘mizaz’.” Meanwhile, the actor starts shooting for Jolly LLB and Dedh Ishqiya later this year.
These days however, Arshad can’t stop gushing about his recent 10-day trip to Ladakh by bike with his school friend, Rajiv Gupta. “The ride was very tiring and challenging. We were riding for eight to night hours through four to five days. In fact, there were a couple of landslides too. The roads were very bad, but I liked the trip,” says Arshad, adding that people couldn’t believe he was travelling like a commoner.
“A few even thought I was a duplicate of Arshad Warsi. They’d say ‘yeh kya kar raha hai itni dhool mitti mein… (what is he doing here in this dirt and dust),” he says, reminiscing a bad fall on the bike. “Our bike fell, skidded and stopped right at a cliff. If we were riding a little faster, we would’ve died.” To add to the commonness of the trip, the actor stayed at a place called Upshi. “The tariff was only Rs 100 per day. It was a humbling experience. Such trips rid you of all the ‘herogiri’,” says Arshad, who now plans to take his family to Ladakh.