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01-17-2013, 03:05 AM #1
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No great friends in the industry: Arshad Warsi
Arshad Warsi talks about films and his friends from the industry
You've worked with Boman Irani in the Munnabhai series and now you're working with him in Jolly LLB. How is your rapport with him?
I was very excited the moment I heard the script. Working with good actors makes it easy and chemistry happens. Boman and me would yell on sets and abuse one another. He's very polite, sweet, wonderful and a fun guy. I call him big Santa. With someone like Boman, it's tough to ape.
You're doing sequels. What's your take on them?
It's a great idea. Sequels have various aspects to it. For a producer it means banking on a previous hit. Audiences want to enjoy because its proof they have liked the earlier film. For a director and actor, why not? But in sequels you've got to work harder because it has to match up to the previous film. Most people have not been up to the mark in sequels except for Munnabhai. Sequels are tough on everyone and you tend to become critical. For Munnabhai it was very tough because the excitement was there for the first film. To match up to that and be better is the challenge.
You've worked with Sanjay Dutt in both Munnabhai MBBS and Lagey Raho Munnabhai. How is the experience of working with an actor like him?
I like him. He's a great guy who is secure in his skin. He's a cool chap who has been there for so many of us. He's beyond numbers and is sweet. He's a big guy with a child's heart.
Multi starrer films have proven to be lucky for you. Are they a safety blanket?
Yes it is. Not every actor works well. I've never been insecure. I believe in timing. Sometimes it works, at times it doesn't. I hear a script, if I like it, I do it. I do look at who the actors are. If they are nice, it's easier to work. If it's a difficult actor, I won't do the film. I don't care if there's one actor or two actors in the film. The script matters to me.
Does comedy come naturally to you?
Acting comes easy to me but comedy is tough. I remember once Farooq Sheikh mentioned to someone that for me the camera does not exist. It's tough because you have to make people laugh. It requires energy and timing. You can't over do it. You have to learn the art. Luckily for me, I'm not conscious of the camera.
What's your role like in Zilla Ghaziabad?
I play a negative character in the film on the likes of Gabbar Singh. I've never played negative before. If this film was made 15 years back, I'd come on a horse. I'm that bad in the film, a complete villain. The script is outstanding and I feel people will like it.
Who are your friends from the industry?
Hard to say I have good friends in the industry. Everyone has their life and is busy. Riteish Deshmukh is a great guy and I've worked and spent some good time with Ashish Choudhary. Sanju's (Sanjay Dutt) a sweet guy. Then there's Kunal Khemu and Javed Jaffrey. I don't blame them because I don't party too much, nor do I go out much. I like to go home and spend time with my kids.
01-17-2013, 03:09 AM #2
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