I am quite petrified of doing solo films: Arshad Warsi

  • Anirban Das, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2015 10:24 IST

Arshad Warsi will play the lead in three of his upcoming films. But, unlike most actors, who consciously choose projects that are centred on them, Arshad says he feels afraid of playing lead roles. In fact, he feels its “unfortunate” that he is not being offered multi-starrers now.

“Unfortunately, I am not being offered multi-starrer films, unlike earlier. I like being part of them, since I can share the burden of the film with other actors. In a solo lead film, I might be held responsible for its failure. While I am quite petrified of doing solo films, I couldn’t say no to playing the lead roles in the films I am currently doing, as I liked their scripts,” says Arshad.

The actor, who is best remembered as Circuit in film-maker Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai franchise, says that role cannot be recreated every time. “It is not possible to surpass the benchmark every now and then,” says Arshad, who feels glad that he is appreciated as an actor. “I am perceived as a good actor because of my performances in films like Sehar (2005) and Jolly LLB (2013),” he says.

While the actor has been part of a few hit films, he accepts that often, he hasn’t picked up the right kind of films in his career. “I have made wrong choices by doing favours to film-makers. But, it reflects badly on an actor. By considering such requests, I am deceiving my audience,” he says, adding, “I won’t do favours anymore.”

While Arshad is known for taking up unconventional roles, today, actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Irrfan Khan are popular names for that kind ofcharacters. Ask him if he fears competition, and Arshad says, “Are you seriously telling me that Nawaz is bigger than me? The body of work I have and the body of work he has, the kind of income and crowd I pull in, looking at that, I feel it is a wrong perception (about Nawaz being more popular).”

However, the actor says that for him, “scripts are more important” and he is not bothered about any competition.

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