Arshad Warsi was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. There was a time when his financial state was near bankruptcy but he had a dream to become rich while staying alive on the streets of Mumbai.
His journey was full of obstacles, in an industry which prefers to keep its actors separate from its stars, but his success is a shining example of hard work and dedication.
But Arshad’s career got its Midas moment when he was cast as Circuit in ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ (2003).
He was going to reject the film until a tarot card reader friend advised him to do otherwise. That proved to be a career-defining decision. BTW, he was first considered for the role of “munna” it was eventually played by Sanjay Dutt.
Post the phenomenal success of Munnabhai films, Arshad has appeared on television as a host of a dance reality show called ‘Razzmatazz’, shared space with Karisma Kapoor in a TV serial and was the first host of ‘Bigg Boss’.
We have seen Warsi playing comic roles, but he also received critical acclaim for his performance in ‘Sehar’, ‘Ishqiya’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’. But if we are to believe his wife, Maria Goretti, we “haven’t seen best of Arshad yet”.
No wonder why Naseeruddin Shah hailed him as the “best all-round actor of this generation”.
From not being able to afford an auto from Juhu to Andheri in 1992 to wooing his audience with his roles as Circuit, Babban and Jolly, Arshad Warsi has undoubtedly carved out a comfortable space for himself in Bollywood.