Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi is quite active on the big screen playing a variety of roles, but says he is is also keen to be seen on the small screen.
After playing a communist in Zila Ghaziabad, Arshad is seen as a lawyer in Jolly LLB, a Subhash Kapoor-directed satirical drama which came out on Friday. His films Chambal Safari, Dedh Isqiya and Joe B Carvalho will release soon — but he won’t mind adding a TV project to his kitty.
“Though films are my priority, I am also open to doing TV. I would love to appear as a judge on reality shows,” said Arshad, who hosted the first season of Bigg Boss. “Television industry is growing like anything. TV actors are getting their due recognition,” added the actor, who is also planning a break during summer.
Dedh Ishqiya, which also stars Madhuri Dixit, is in its post-production stage and that it may release in April. “I’ll be taking a break in May and June because I want to work on a script,” he said and added: “It’s Maqbool Khan’s Chambal Safari, a satire on dacoits. I never do research work, but for this film I’ll have to study to give my best.”
“Though comedy is my favourite genre, I can never say no to politics, action, romance or thrillers,” said the actor, who showed his serious side in Sehar and won appreciation for it.
The 44-year-old also shared that while selecting a film, he doesn’t worry about the budget.
“The script has to be strong. And a director should be clear about what he wants,” said Arshad, known for his performance in films like the Munnabhai series, the Golmaal franchise and Ishqiya.
Arshad feels that he has grown as an actor. “When I started my career, I wasn’t satisfied and used to think that I am not a good actor,” said Arshad. “I even thought of leaving the industry. But gradually I started getting good films. And people started loving my work.”
Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2013.
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