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chat Actor Arshad Warsi says that contrary to popular belief, comedy is hard work

ON HIS OWNARSHAD WARSI
ON HIS OWNARSHAD WARSI

W ith his film Jolly LLB gearing up for release, Arshad Warsi talks about the roles he has essayed so far, doing comedy and the fiasco as producer. Excerpts from an interview with the actor-producer.

Are you happy with the way your career has shaped up?

Personally, I have got way more than what I had asked for or desired. Professionally, I feel I am more talented and capable of doing better things. Sooner or later it will happen. It is just a matter of time. The longer the wait, the better it is… it means I will be here for longer.

Despite being appreciated for your roles, you haven’t got major recognition for your talent. Does that bother you?

I’m not worried about whether I have got my due in the industry or not. I take whatever comes my way. I hear the script… I do it if it excites me.

There are no rules. I have not made a list of roles I wish to do. I want more exciting work to come my way.

Your upcoming release Jolly LLB is a courtroom drama. How was the experience playing a lawyer?

We don’t portray the actual courtroom in films. It is a fictitious image and we maintain that in our films.

With films such as the Munnabhai and Golmaal series, comedy seems to come across as your forte.

Comedy is seen as an easy task, but it is not. Your performance has to match the comic situation or dialogue.

Things have changed for me after Ishqiya . Also, unlike earlier, comedy has become profound. People now view me as a versatile actor.

Has your perception about work changed?

I am an actor; superstars show their stardom and also guarantee money at the box-office. If you cast a superstar, the film will earn Rs. 100 crore at the box-office.

You tried production with You, Me Aur Ghost . Are you keen on producing a film again?

I think I’m a terrible producer; I don’t know how to produce a film. I spend so much that I end up losing money.

I will take time to learn how to do it again; I will definitely produce films.

Bollywood News Service

Your performance has to match the comic situation or dialogue

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