You loved him as Circuit. In person too, it’s not difficult to grow fond of actor Arshad Warsi. A candid chat with the man who made character roles as prominent as the lead.
Has Circuit taken over your identity?
It’s a great identity crisis. I didn’t expect this weird chap to click so well with the audience. When the role was offered to me, I really didn’t like it. I always feel that any character can be modified to match the script. It’s the same logic I applied to Circuit. By God’s grace, it worked.
It took the film industry seven years to take notice of Arshad Warsi.What would you like to attribute your success to?
It is my gut feeling and sheer timing. I can never be associated with a project to which I do not agree. There’s no great deal of thinking involved in anything that I do.Be it my characters or a major personal decision, I live for the moment, with the intentions of making best out of it.
Amidst the heavy rush of comedies, you played a serious cop in Seher.Why?
Seher was a cake walk. It’s very easy to get serious with an intense character. At the same time, it’s difficult to do a comedy. These days every second film made in the industry is a comedy. But still there aren’t enough people who can make you laugh.
The actor within me looks for a challenge. I love to try a character, which is considered inappropriate for me. Nobody thought that I would be able to pull off Circuit. Similarly, Seher was a challenge that I took. I agreed to host Bigg Boss, because I am scared of anchoring.
<b1>What’s the next challenge?
A hard core villain. Post Circuit, I was flooded with all sorts of characters. I didn’t really take up any role at that time. However, Kabeer Kaushik offered me a negative character of a man aged between 55 and 60. It is something that I look forward to.
What about the next film in the Munnabhai series?
We’ll be off to the U S now. We have shot a preview. By August, we will start the shooting on a full scale.
What about the other projects in the pipeline?
Besides Sunday, I am excited about Goal.We just wrapped up the shooting in London. I love the sport (football), so I thoroughly enjoyed the film. But, I have a confession to make here. To me that film is more about the sports than the people involved. With due respect to the director, Vivek Agnihotri and my co-stars, John and Bipasha, I worked in the film only for the sake of football.
You’ve just had a daughter. Is it any different to be a father to a daughter?
I always wanted a girl. She is an angel, at least till now. As she grows up, I will give her a gun, if need be.
You and Maria both come from a middle-class background. What would you want your kids to grow up as?
Just the same. My kids wouldn’thave a car to drop them to school. I would never want my kids to fail anywhere. No matter how much I get punched by Ziek (my son) in Kung fu session, when he is wrong, I ensure that just one look conveys it. After all I am an actor; it certainly helps in being a good father as well.