‘If I say I had chicken biryani, I’d be told to stay in Pak­istan’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com ■

Ac­tor Arshad Warsi (right), who played a truth­seek­ing lawyer in Jolly LLB (2013), doesn’t feel com­fort­able giv­ing an opin­ion about the cur­rent state of af­fairs in the coun­try, be it po­lit­i­cal or so­cial is­sues.

In fact, Arshad is so very un­com­fort­able that he stops and stam­mers, when even talk­ing about it with us over the phone. “Look how ner­vous I’m right now to even talk to you about it,” says the ac­tor. “That’s how un­com­fort­able I am when it comes to mak­ing my opin­ion on dif­fer­ent mat­ters pub­lic, ei­ther on so­cial me­dia or oth­er­wise.”

Arshad says that a celebrity is not spared, and is bul­lied mer­ci­lessly on so­cial me­dia. There­fore, he doesn’t think it’s safe to be opin­ion­ated in pub­lic. “Hon­estly, I don’t know why oth­ers are do­ing it. But I know that even if I tweet that I had chicken biryani for lunch, I’ll be told to stay in Pak­istan. That’s the fear,” he says. “Ev­ery time you say some­thing, you get trolled for it so badly. It’s not even worth it. That’s why I stay away, and I’m happy.”

Un­like other celebri­ties who give it back to their crit­ics, Arshad re­veals that he is afraid of con­fronta­tions. “I’m not the kind of guy who fights,” says the ac­tor, who hit a high point in his ca­reer play­ing the char­ac­ter of Cir­cuit, the good-na­tured goonda who is the hench­man of the golden-hearted gang­ster Munnab­hai (played by San­jay Dutt in two su­per­hit films).

“I don’t fight at home,” adds Arshad. “I don’t fight at work, while shoot­ing or oth­er­wise. I just don’t like the idea of fight­ing. ‘Live and let oth­ers live’ is my motto,” he laughs.

Look how ner­vous I’m right now to even talk to you about it. That’s how un­com­fort­able I am when it comes to mak­ing my opin­ion pub­lic, ei­ther on so­cial me­dia or oth­er­wise ARSHAD WARSI, AC­TOR

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