Arshad Warsi hit the big time with his Circuit act in Munnabhai. From a dancer to an actor and in between a playback singer and television anchor, Warsi?s journey has been anything but a smooth ride.
Arshad Warsi’s debut film was Tere Mere Sapne. It was a big hit. After that he had done many movies Betaabi, hogi Pyar ki Jeet, Hero Hindustani and Mujhe meri Biwi Se Bachaao etc but never come out as a big star. He had never come as a solo hero till now. His two latest released are Munnabhai MBBS with Sanjay Dutt. In this movie he had played a comic character and Waisa Bhi Hota Hai directed by Shasanka Ghosh is being dubbed in english and the portion in the film in which Arshad gives a speech in english will be dubbed in ‘Italian’.
Arshad is also doing ‘Karishma’ a serial for ‘Sahara TV’. He is doing this because he feel that this serial is being made in movie format. Even the actor in it, are movie actors. He had received many offers beside Karishma on TV.
He has also offered a English film in which the option is given to him to choice to play Hero or Villian role. He don’t want to stuck in any one image. Arshad has not signed a single film after Munnabhai MBBS he feels that numbers of producer are not important but tht quality of producer is important. The only film he has consented to grace with his presence is Kabul Express to be directed by first timer Kabir Khan.
Arshad Warsi got his chance as a movie actor in ABCL?s first production Tere Mere Sapne (1996) which failed at the box office. The movies that followed were below average performers at the box office like Betaabi (1997), Mujhe Mere Biwi Se Bachao (2001) and Jaani Dushman (2002).
Though Shashanka Ghosh?s Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part Two (2003) was a flop his performance was appreciated. His wife Maria Goretti had a cameo role in the movie. He landed the Circuit role in Rajkumar Hirani?s Munnabhai MBBS (2003). The movie hit the top of charts and his comic act won him the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role.
He worked in hits like Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005) and Golmaal (2006). The sequel Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) won him the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. Kabul Express (2006) with John Abraham was an average hit and they worked together in a sports based movie Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal(2007). The sequel Golmaal Returns (2008) was a big earner.