Ar­shad on low phase: Peo­ple de­serted me

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri

Films come and go; some work, some don’t. But an ac­tor must ex­per­i­ment with roles and gen­res, and that’s what Ar­shad Warsi has been do­ing. Irada, the thriller that the 49-year-old starred in this year might have failed to leave a mark, but the com­edy, Gol­maal Again — a genre that Ar­shad aces — has come as a respite from his long dry run. Ar­shad’s last hit film was Jolly LLB (2013). The ac­tor is in a happy space, but con­stantly re­minds him­self that in Bol­ly­wood, fate changes ev­ery Fri­day, of­ten turn­ing friends into foes. “What hap­pens is that an ac­tor fi­nally ends up be­ing a com­mod­ity— as long as it works, peo­ple want to be con­nected to it, if it doesn’t, then not,” says Ar­shad. And the ac­tor has ex­pe­ri­enced the dark, self­ish side of the in­dus­try. “In the phase where my films were do­ing well, I’d en­ter a party and would im­me­di­ately be sur­rounded by a lot of peo­ple. Later, when they (films) started flop­ping, there would be a vacuum when I went to any such event — no one would be there around me.” Ar­shad, how­ever, con­sid­ers him­self lucky to have been able to forge tight bonds with some se­lect peo­ple. “Like Sub­hash Kapoor (with whom Ar­shad worked in Jolly LLB), Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani, Aditi Rao Hy­dari, Vidya Balan, Huma Qureshi, Sanju (San­jay Dutt) and Kabir Khan. They are al­ways there for me, whether I’m do­ing well or not,” he says. Did the fail­ures at the box of­fice these last cou­ple of years af­fect the ac­tor in Ar­shad? “They didn’t af­fect me much. I have been here (in the Hindi film in­dus­try) for too long. I have proved my ca­pa­bil­ity to ev­ery­one — my fans and crit­ics. I am glad that to­day, if a film of mine doesn’t do well, I’m not blamed for it. At least I did my job well. Of course, you want ev­ery film of yours to do well, but suc­cess and fail­ures both shouldn’t af­fect a per­son,” he says.

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