Arshad Warsi: Actor, TV-anchor, choreographer…photo lab assistant, salesman; yes, he has done it all!
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.
His interest in dancing helped him join Akbar Sami’s dance group in Mumbai as a choreographer earning just Rs.1000.
He won several dance competitions, stood fourth in World Dance Championship and eventually started his own dance studio ‘Awesome’.
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“I didn’t want to act because I was scared of failure…I never thought I would have to act to take home my dreams.”
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.
Warsi is also a national-level gymnast and a film producer.
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”.
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.