COM­EDY IS A TOUGH AND TIR­ING GENRE AR­SHAD

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Ac­tor Ar­shad Warsi is back to do­ing what he does best — mak­ing peo­ple laugh. With his lat­est re­lease Gol­maal Again do­ing well at the box-of­fice, the com­edy genre has once again proved to be close to view­ers’ hearts.

“Peo­ple en­joy com­edy, and that’s why we make such films ev­ery year. Com­edy — in fact, act­ing — comes nat­u­rally to me. But I am more com­fort­able with se­ri­ous cin­ema. Com­edy is very tax­ing. Mak­ing peo­ple laugh is tough,” says the 49year-old.

Ar­shad has been a part of Bol­ly­wood for over two decades now. He be­gan his jour­ney in the in­dus­try as a chore­og­ra­pher in 1987, but went on to es­tab­lish him­self as an ac­tor with films such as Munnab­hai MBBS (2003), Lage Raho Munnab­hai (2006), and Jolly LLB (2013). His por­trayal of Cir­cuit in the Munnab­hai se­ries along­side San­jay Dutt was loved by the au­di­ence. It’s nat­u­ral, there­fore, to sup­pose that the char­ac­ter of Cir­cuit is clos­est to his heart. But Ar­shad’s an­swer sur­prises us.

“I en­joy the process of act­ing. For me, ev­ery genre is fab­u­lous. But the char­ac­ter I en­joyed play­ing the most was Bab­ban in Ishqiya (2010). The film was a western film for me. You can say that I liked the raw­ness of my char­ac­ter,” says Ar­shad.

“I like re­al­is­tic, com­mer­cial films, but will do ev­ery­thing. I want to do a hor­ror film next!” he signs off.

PHOTO: JASJEET PLAHA/HT

Ar­shad Warsi says he is more com­fort­able with se­ri­ous cin­ema

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