Arshad Warsi pulled a terrifying April's Fool prank on director Vivek Agnihotri during the shooting of Goal in London, hiring two actors to play cops and tell him that an actress in the unit had been booked for possession of drugs.
Well-ensconced in his cosy apartment in London, Arshad narrates the incident amidst bouts of guffaws.
"I wanted our April Fool's in London to be a memorable experience. So I hired two actors to play cops and told them my simple but scary plan to shake up our director. All they had to do was go up to him during shooting and tell him that an Afghan actress, Nadia, in our unit has been booked and arrested for possession of drugs and narcotics," Arshad told IANS.
Arshad's prank just scared the daylights out of Agnihotri. John Abraham, Bipasha Basu and Boman Irani, who are playing important roles in the film, were Arshad's partners in crime.
"At the appointed time on Sunday, the two cops played their roles to perfection. They walked up to the unsuspecting Vivek and announced, 'Sir we've to take you in for questioning.'
"All of us in unit - John, Bipasha, Boman included - were playing along giving the best performances of our lives. Poor Vivek. He was shitting bricks. He looked around helplessly. We all shrugged and acted helpless. Vivek could've died there and then if we hadn't burst out laughing eventually when he was actually being led away."
On the same day, at the Zee awards function in Malaysia, Arshad was named bext comic actor for Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Arshad chuckles, this time with less amusement.
"This is my first round of awards, and I'm not at any of them to receive the trophy. This is god's way of letting me know that he gives with one hand and also takes away with the other. Anyway, can't complain since I'm having the time of my life here."