If his goofy kind of roles are endearing, then his grey character like that in Ishqiya was an eye opener to the immense talent that he holds within.
Arshad Warsi gets chatty with TOI about his bonding with Vidya Balan, his love for Madhuri and why a dance-based film hasn’t interested this actor-dancer.
‘Vidya’s a doll’
There was a palpable chemistry between Arshad and Vidya Balan in Ishqiya, so it came as quite a surprise when it was announced recently that the pretty actress will not be part of the sequel. Quiz Arshad on this development, and he says, “Much as I adore Vidya, as we share a lovely friendship, it must be said that Vishal Bharadwaj too knows his job very well. So, if he’s writing something, which as of now has no place for Vidya’s character, he must be having very good reasons for the same. But yes, I’ll miss Vidya for sure! She’s a doll and we are very good friends.” Ask him to react to the buzz that Madhuri Dixit Nene was approached for the female lead for Ishqiya’s sequel, and Arshad says, “If she’s been approached and if she agrees, it’ll be a dream come true for me! I’ve been in love with Madhuri…for like…my entire life. I really wish we can work together.”
Whether it’s starring in sequels of Golmaal, Dhamaal, Munnabhai and now Ishqiya, Arshad seems to be a sequel’s lucky charm. “I don’t want to sound like I am bragging, but I guess I do choose good scripts! They do well at the BO and so a sequel is thought of,” he says. But, doesn’t he find it a tad boring to play the same part all over again? To this he says, “Actually no! See for fun films like Golmaal, Dhamaal etc., I can work on auto-pilot mode. I can do the buffoonery just like that. It’s in films like Munnabhai and now Ishqiya, where I will think about what I am supposed to do and act accordingly.”
As the actor looks forward to a packed schedule ahead, he speaks excitedly about his role in Zilla Ghaziabad. “If I was bad in Ishqiya, then in this movie I am like ten notches higher on the evil quotient,” he says. And is this shift to doing ‘evil’ characters by design? He laughs and says, “Nah! I just go by the script. I don’t do roles to shock people or the audience. I choose a film that I feel happy doing.” And the dream dancer that he is, hasn’t he ever thought of being part of a dance film? He says, “Oh yeah I’d love to. But, the scripts I have got till date are terrible! Plus, I think in India just a dance film will not be accepted. The audience will still want drama, comedy, action in a dance film! So, I guess I’ll just have to wait to see which script excites me.” TOI