Bhai…tension nahi lene ka bhai.
This dialogue from the cult film ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ marked the re-entry of Arshad Warsi into Bollywood. Before that, his versatility was not noticed, and very often he was criticized for his offbeat roles. He didn’t belong from a Bollywood family and had very average looks. But, he did have faith in his talent.
Soon after ‘Munnabhai’ success, a lot of character-driven roles started pouring in and he completely did justice to them.
From being a badass lover in ‘Ishqiya’ to exploiting his comic talent in the ‘Golmaal’ series to being a rebellious lawyer in ‘Jolly LLB’, he proved that acting is a more powerful tool to win the audience than the prized star power.
Most of us might not know that Arshad started his Bollywood career with ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ in 1996. The film was a hit but his career flopped after a few films. Arshad spoke to ‘PTI’ about his early days of struggle and it proves that he has come a long way.
“After my first film everybody said ‘damn good’. But when the next two-three (films) died, it was done and I was left with no job. Till I did Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, Seher and then of course Munna Bhai. I was jobless for three years. Luckily Maria (wife) had a job, so we were fine, the bills were being paid. But for three years I had absolutely no films. I did odd jobs, but I did no films,”
Even though ‘Jolly LLB 2’ is already a successful film but it was Arshad who started off this franchise with no Bollywood biggies in it. This shows how secure he is as an actor.
“You get insecure or worried if you don’t know your job. If you know it, sooner or later everybody will realize that. You can put up an act for sometime but after that people will understand. I feel sad for people “who have fooled their way into the job” with a team behind them, “spending crores to make them look good and talented.”
In the end, he points out an another insightful thing about his character ‘Circuit’ in the ‘Munnabhai’ series.
“If you look at the character in the film, there is no importance to it, in the sense that he is just a goon. There are five goons behind Sanju, he is one of them who has two lines more than the rest. But, if you have talent and know your job, people will see it. If I didn’t know the job, I would’ve done that film and would’ve been forgotten. Nobody would know, as there were five others with me.”