Meena Iyer traces the grind that actor Arshad Warsi has been through before he found a spot under the arc lights By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 07, 2010)
// // // Vishal Bharadwaj’s Ishqiya has grossed 15 crores in three days… and may go on to becoming 2010’s first certified hit. The success of Ishqiya also brings in its wake glory for its leading man Arshad Warsi; who has made a mark as the unscrupulous rogue Baban, whose kohl-lined eyes wreak havoc with a captive audience. And, to think, he had almost been banished to a 14-year exile; having begun his acting career in 1996.
Yeah, for the cinematically challenged Arshad began his Bollywood trek a long time ago. Actress Amrita Singh doesn’t remember Arshad Warsi. When he was assisting the prolific Mahesh Bhatt on the Anil Kapoor-Amrita Singh drama, Thikana (1987), this 19-year-old was a faceless blur.
Orphaned in his teens; an impoverished Arshad landed the job of Mahesh’s umpteenth assistant. His chores included the thankless task of gathering crowds for the shot; and writing the continuity sheets. “I assisted on Thikana and Kaash,’’ says the actor… “and chances are that the actors from either unit won’t remember me.’’
“I don’t remember myself too well from then either,’’ he jests.
There you go. Arshad’s movie journey was a roller-coaster ride where he went from being a director’s sidekick to a star.
In the 11-year interim between 1988 and 1996, this natural-born-dancer floated his own dance troupe More >