Arshad Warsi (born 19 April 1968) is an Indian film actor, producer, television personality and playback singer who appears in Bollywood films. He is the recipient of several awards including a Filmfare Award from five nominations and is noted for acting in varied film genres.
Warsi at the launch of Malti Bhojwani's 'Don't Think of a Blue Ball' book
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
Maria Goretti (m. 1999)
Before making his acting debut, Warsi associated with English theatre group in Mumbai, served as an assistant director to Mahesh Bhatt in Kaash (1987) and also choreographed a song in Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993). Warsi made his acting debut in 1996 with Tere Mere Sapne, which was a box office success. His portrayal of Circuit in the comedy film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), and its sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role marked a turning point in his career. He featured in several commercially successful films including Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999), Hulchul (2004), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Dhamaal (2007), Krazzy 4 (2008), Golmaal Returns (2008), Ishqiya (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), F.A.L.T.U (2011), Double Dhamaal (2011), Jolly LLB (2013), Golmaal Again (2017) and Total Dhamaal (2019), and received critical recognition for his work in films including Sehar (2005), Kabul Express (2006), Dedh Ishqiya (2014) and Guddu Rangeela (2015). He is widely regarded by many as one of the most under-rated actors in the Hindi film industry.
In addition to acting in films, Warsi has hosted the dance show Razzmatazz in 2001, Sabse Favourite Kaun in 2004 and the first season of the reality television show Bigg Boss for which he was awarded the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor – Game/Quiz Show. He starred opposite Karisma Kapoor in the TV serial Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny (2003) and featured as a judge for Zara Nachke Dikha in 2010. Warsi is married to Maria Goretti since 1999 with whom he has two children.
Early life and educationEdit
Warsi was born into a Muslim family in Bombay (present-day Mumbai), India. His father's name was Ashiq Hussain Warsi. Warsi did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, in Deolali, Nashik district, Maharashtra. He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Bombay during his early days. He left school after 10th standard.
Financial circumstances forced Warsi to start work as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman at age 17. Later he worked in a photo lab. Meanwhile, he developed a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join Akbar Sami's Dance group in Bombay, which started his dancing and choreographing in Thikana (1987) and Kaash (1987).
Then in 1991, he won the Indian dance competition, followed by the fourth prize in the Modern Jazz category in the 1992 World Dance championship, London, at the age of 21. Soon, he started his own dance studio, "Awesome" with that money and also formed a dance troupe. It was here that his future wife, Maria Goretti, a St. Andrew's College student, joined him before she became a VJ. He was also associated with English theatre group in Bombay, choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar and got an opportunity to choreograph the title track for the film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993). During this time he was offered a role by Jaya Bachchan for Tere Mere Sapne.
He got his first offer to act in Amitabh Bachchan's production company, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation's first production Tere Mere Sapne in 1996. Before that he had made a small appearance as a dancer in a song in Aag Se Khelenge. He followed this by roles in films such as Betaabi (1997), Mere Do Anmol Ratan and Hero Hindustani (both 1998). His performance in P Vasu's Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999) was praised by Rediff.com's Suparn Verma. Warsi's next release was Madhur Bhandarkar's directorial debut Trishakti (1999). Completed in 3 years, the film performed poorly at the box office. His only film appearances of 2001 were in Ghaath, followed by Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao (2001) and Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002). Most of these failed to do well at the box office. In Shashanka Ghosh's Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, he played a common man who saves the life of a goon who is fatally shot. Ronjita Kulkarni wrote that he gave a "winning performance".
In 2003, he rose to fame when he starred as Circuit to Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) in Rajkumar Hirani's comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. which turned out to be a huge box office success and gained him much critical acclaim and a nomination at the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for the same. Warsi said in an interview that had the film not worked, his career would have finished. His only release in 2004 was the comedy Hulchul which earned him the GIFA Best Comedian Award and nominations for Screen Award for Best Actor, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role. Warsi played an airport manager opposite Mahima Chaudhry in Samar Khan's Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye (2005). His performance in Sehar was positively received by critics and Sanhita Paradkar of Rediff.com wrote that: "finally [he is] in a much-deserved lead role". In the same year he appeared as a supporting actor in the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and Salaam Namaste. For the latter, he was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played a computer hacker in the Vivek Agnihotri-directed suspense thriller film Chocolate. Indrani Roy Mitra of Rediff.com said that Warsi gave a "commendable [performance]" in Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005).
Warsi collaborated with Rohit Shetty for Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), which was the first installment of the Golmaal series. His next release was the comic thriller Anthony Kaun Hai?, directed by Raj Kaushal. The film drew from many Hollywood and Bollywood films and Warsi won praise from critics for his role of a conman. Raj Lalwani opined that the film "belongs to [him]" and that he was "one of the most underrated actors around". He once again teamed up with Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt for Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), which won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role, IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role and Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of a cameraman kidnapped by the Taliban in the counter-terrorism drama Kabul Express (2006), from Kabir Khan, won appreciation. H S Bunty wrote that Warsi "steals the show". Warsi appeared in the box office success comedy Dhamaal (2007). He played the role of a Pakistani footballer living in London in the sports drama Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007). In director Jaideep Sen's comedy Krazzy 4, Warsi portrayed a person suffering from intermittent explosive disorder. The film failed to generate favourable reviews. Ameeta Gupta praised Warsi's performance in Deepak Shivdasani's comedy Mr. Black Mr. White (2008). He reteamed with Rohit Shetty for the comedy Golmaal Returns (2008). His first release of 2009 was Kisse Pyaar Karoon, followed by Ek Se Bure Do. He played lead role in Neeraj Vora-directed comedy Shortkut, a remake of the Malayalam film Udayananu Tharam (2005).
In 2010, Warsi won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the black-comedy Ishqiya. He appeared alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan. He produced and acted in Hum Tum Aur Ghost. The film received negative reviews and performed poorly financially. He once again collaborated with Rohit Shetty for the comedy Golmaal 3. It was a commercial success. Raja Sen opined that "Warsi [was] killing all the streetside-cred he's built up with bhai-sidekick roles by overdoing it." His 2011 releases include the comedies F.A.L.T.U and Double Dhamaal, which were both above-average grossers. The former was directed by Remo D'Souza and was inspired by the 2006 American comedy film Accepted, directed by Steve Pink. Preeti Arora called the latter a "huge disappointment".
His only film role in 2012 was in a guest appearance in Ajab Gazabb Love. CNN-IBN wrote that Warsi was "good and effective". His first release of 2013 was the action-thriller Zila Ghaziabad in which he played the role of a gangster. Charu Thakur criticised the film but praised Warsi's performance. He played a lawyer in the Subhash Kapoor-directed Jolly LLB, his first solo hit. Raja Sen wrote that he was "earnest to a fault". He was awarded the BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film (Male) and the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and Apsara Film Producers Guild Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for his performance in the comedy drama. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Warsi played an important role in the Amrit Sagar Chopra-directed sex comedy Rabba Main Kya Karoon (2013). He starred as the titular detective in Samir Tewari's comedy Mr Joe B. Carvalho opposite Soha Ali Khan. Panned by critics, the film failed to perform well at the box office. He starred in Abhishek Chaubey's Dedh Ishqiya (2014). He received a head injury while shooting an action scene for Manish Jha's comedy film The Legend of Michael Mishra. Ashish R Mohan's comedy Welcome to Karachi (2015) featured Warsi alongside Jackky Bhagnani and Lauren Gottlieb. Rohit Vats and Shubha Shetty-Saha lauded Warsi's acting and comic timing. His upcoming films include The Legend of Michael Mishra, Guddu Rangeela, Fraud Saiyyan and Bhaiyyaji Superhitt while film Zamaanat, a courtroom drama directed by S Ramanathan, is still unreleased.
Warsi was the co-host of the dance show Razzmatazz (2001) on Zee TV. He starred opposite Karisma Kapoor in the TV serial Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny from 2003 to 2004. It aired on Sahara One. He hosted a popular award show Sabse Favourite Kaun (2004) for STAR Gold. He was the host of Bigg Boss 1 (2006), the Indian version of the reality television series Big Brother which was aired on Sony Entertainment. Warsi won the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor—Game/Quiz Show for this. He has also done a small cameo on Disney Channel's television show Ishaan: Sapno Ko Awaaz De (2010).
Arshad Warsi married Maria Goretti on 14 February 1999. They are blessed with two kids, son named Zeke Warsi, born on 10 August 2004 and daughter Zene Zoe Warsi, born on 2 May 2007. Both Maria and Zeke made a special appearance in Salaam Namaste. During his school days, Warsi was a national level gymnast. Singer Anwar Hussain and actress Asha Sachdeva are his step brother and sister respectively. 
Reception and in the mediaEdit
Naseeruddin Shah said that: "He is easily the best all-round actor in this generation", while Vidya Balan said of Warsi: "He reminds me of the great European actors who can fit into any role. But he is completely under-utilised". In his book Hero Vol.2, Ashok Raj has called him "one of the most talented actors among today's breed". Despite being a well known actor, Warsi does not prefer giving auditions. Bhawana Somaaya has called him "one of the best three dancers of the Hindi film industry". Director Samir Tewari called him "the most underrated and unutilised actor." Boman Irani also feels the same and called him a "natural and unique performer".
Filmography and awardsEdit
Warsi won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role in 2007. He has been awarded Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role twice (in 2004 and 2007). He did a cameo in Simmba in the song remake from his original "Ladki Aankh Maare"
- "The success story of the circuit of Bollywood: Arshad Warsi". The GenX Times. The GenX Times. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- "Holi, Arshad Warsi style". The Times of India. The Times Group.
- "Arshad Warsi most underrated actor, says director - NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Arshad Warsi is a hugely underrated actor: Boman Irani". News18. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Arshad rejects politics but will give Sanjay 'moral' support". Daily News and Analysis. Diligent Media Corporation. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
- "On a roll: Meet Arshad Warsi – the real life hero of the rags-to-riches story". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
- Times News Network (10 March 2013). "I cannot find another woman like my wife: Arshad Warsi". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "I want to make my own films: Arshad". The Times of India. The Times Group. 10 February 2010.
- "Personal agenda: Arshad Warsi". Hindustan Times. HT Media. 6 February 2010.
- Banan, Aastha Atray (13 February 2010). "How To Break The Circuit". Tehelka. 7 (06). Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- Video on YouTube
- Verma, Suparn (8 May 1999). "Lost and frowned". Rediff.com. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Gupta, Priya (17 September 2012). "I have faced humiliation in the industry: Madhur Bhandarkar". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Kulkarni, Ronjita (14 November 2003). "Goons are normal too!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Narwekar, Sanjit (12 December 2012). Eena Meena Deeka: The Story of Hindi Film Comedy. Rupa Publications. p. 265. ISBN 978-81-291-2625-2.
- Rishi, Tilak (5 June 2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A tribute to Hindi Cinema on completing 100 years. Trafford Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 978-1-4669-3962-2.
- Press Trust of India (28 June 2011). "Failure of Munnabhai MBBS would have ended my career: Arshad". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- Kulkarni, Ronjita (13 April 2005). "'I did some horrible films before'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Paradkar, Sanhita (29 July 2005). "Seher does Arshad Warsi justice". Rediff.com. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- Bajaj, J.K. (26 March 2014). On & Behind the Indian Cinema. Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd. p. 2008. ISBN 978-93-5083-621-7.
- Stoddart, Brian; Weigold, Auriol (2011). India and Australia: Bridging Different Worlds. Readworthy. p. 192. ISBN 978-93-5018-080-8.
- Mitra, Indrani Roy (23 December 2005). "Vaah! Copy ho to aisi!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Lalwani, Raj (4 August 2006). "Anthony Kaun Hai? Watch it for Arshad". Rediff.com. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Jess-Cooke, Carolyn (2 February 2009). Film Sequels: Theory and Practice from Hollywood to Bollywood. Edinburgh University Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7486-3133-9.
- Barooah Pisharoty, Sangeeta (3 November 2006). "The Friday Circuit!". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- "Warsi is in hot 'circuit'". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- Athique, Adrian; Hill, Douglas (17 December 2009). The Multiplex in India: A Cultural Economy of Urban Leisure. Taylor & Francis. p. 258. ISBN 978-1-135-18187-1.
- Bunty, H S (15 December 2006). "Kabul Express: Flawed, but thought-provoking". Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Sinha, Dheeraj (14 February 2011). Consumer India: Inside the Indian Mind and Wallet. John Wiley & Sons. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-470-82632-4.
- Masand, Rajeev (12 April 2008). "Masand's Verdict: Krazzy 4". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Kamath, Sudhish (18 April 2008). "Refund, please -- Krazzy 4". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Gupta, Ameeta (2 May 2008). "For Arshad Warsi fans only". Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Joshi, Namrata (17 November 2008). "Movie Review: Golmaal Returns". Outlook. Outlook Publishing. 48 (46): 80.
- Parkar, Shaheen (7 July 2009). "Shortkut, remake of a Malayalam film, seems more inspired by Bowfinger". Mid Day. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Teo, Stephen (7 May 2013). The Asian Cinema Experience: Styles, Spaces, Theory. Routledge. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-136-29608-6.
- Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (12 September 2014). Bollybook: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia. Penguin Books Limited. p. 158. ISBN 978-93-5118-799-8.
- Jhunjhunwala, Udita (26 March 2010). "Hum Tum Aur Ghost". Mint. HT Media. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Indo-Asian News Service (1 February 2013). "Arshad Warsi: I am a bad producer". Mumbai: CNN-IBN. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Mirani, Vinod (29 March 2010). "Bollywood's dismal show at the box office". Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Mirani, Vinod (8 November 2010). "Golmaal 3 beats Action Replayy at the box office". Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Sen, Raja (5 November 2010). "Third time the harm!". Mumbai: Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Pathak, Ankur (1 April 2011). "Review: Not a FALTU idea after all". Mumbai: Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Arora, Preeti (24 June 2011). "Review: Double Dhamaal, but half the gags". Mumbai: Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "'Ajab Gazabb Love' Review: It's not so lovable". CNN-IBN. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Thakur, Charu (22 February 2013). "Zila Ghaziabad review: Tries hard to be 'Dabangg 3'". New Delhi: CNN-IBN. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Tuteja, Joginder (2 December 2013). "Arshad Warsi is back with 'Jolly' maker". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Sen, Raja (15 March 2013). "Review: Jolly LLB is too predictable to be fun". Mumbai: Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Bollywood Hungama News Network (19 December 2013). "Winners of Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Complete list of winners at IIFA 2014". CNN-IBN. 27 April 2014. Archived from the original on 22 July 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- Bollywood Hungama News Network (15 January 2014). "Nominations for 9th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- Kaushal, Sweta (3 January 2014). "Movie review: watch Mr Joe B Carvalho for Vijay Raaz, Arshad Warsi". Hindustan Times. New Delhi: HT Media. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "Sholay 3D outshines Mr Joe B Carvalho at box office". Hindustan Times. New Delhi: HT Media. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Chopra, Anupama (11 January 2014). "Movie review: Many things to enjoy in Dedh Ishqiya, writes Anupama Chopra". Hindustan Times. HT Media. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "I am fine and under observation, tweets Arshad Warsi after injury". Mid Day. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Shetty-Saha, Shubha (29 May 2015). "'Welcome To Karachi' - Movie Review". Mid Day. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Vats, Rohit (29 May 2015). "Welcome To Karachi review: It's illogical but funny". Hindustan Times. New Delhi: HT Media. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Tuteja, Joginder (21 November 2014). "10 Last Films of Bollywood's Noted Directors". Mumbai: Rediff.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Unnikrishnan, Chaya (17 March 2013). "Arshad Warsi approached to judge dance show". Daily News and Analysis. Mumbai: Diligent Media Corporation. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- "Karisma's TV incarnation". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram: The Hindu Group. 7 October 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- IndiaFM News Bureau (23 April 2004). "Pepsi Gold Sabsey Favourite Kaun?". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Indian Television Academy Awards 2007". Mumbai: Indian Television Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Disney Channel brings actor Arshad Warsi on its popular tween show Ishaan". Business Standard. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2015. (press release)
- "Meet the gymnast: Arshad Warsi Interview". Daily News and Analysis. Diligent Media Corporation. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- Raj, Ashok (1 November 2009). Hero Vol.2. Hay House, Inc. p. 205. ISBN 978-93-81398-03-6.
- Chopra, Tisca (8 April 2014). Acting Smart: Your Ticket to Showbiz. HarperCollins Publishers India. p. 34. ISBN 978-93-5136-204-3.
- Somaaya, Bhawana (19 July 2013). Taliking Cinema: Conversations with Actors and Film-makers. HarperCollins Publishers India. p. 55. ISBN 978-93-5029-646-2.
- "Arshad most underrated, unutilised actor: Samir Tewari". Mumbai: CNN-IBN. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "Arshad Warsi is a hugely underrated actor: Boman Irani". New Delhi: CNN-IBN. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- Sharma, Garima (17 May 2015). "Arshad Warsi: I'm a better serious actor than a comic actor". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- Singh, Veenu (10 May 2015). "Meet Bollywood's biker boys, Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Gupta". Hindustan Times. HT Media. Retrieved 29 May 2015.