MUMBAI: Where on earth is Arshad Warsi these days? If very reliable sources are to be believed Arshad is getting ready for the biggest challenge of his career. To play Dawood Ebrahim in Nikhil Advani’s film D Day.
The film about a bunch of RAW agents who are assigned to bring Dawood back from Pakistan to Delhi by road, is currently in the casting process.
The crucial role of Dawood has gone to Arshad Warsi. However Arshad, we hear, has his reservations.
Says a source, “Playing Dawood is not quite as simple as it sounds. So many actors have done it. And Arshad is not going into a space already occupied by any other actor. He has asked for time to think about and think out the role at some length.”
Another source tells us that playing Dawood could hamper Arshad’s ‘Circuit’ image in Munnabhai.
Says the source, “The third Munnabhai film is all set to roll by the end of this year. The series decries everything that Dawood represents. Should he risk playing such a character at a time when the Munnabhai franchise is ready to be renewed? That’s the dilemma Arshad faces. But Arshad should remember that Ben Kingsley who played Gandhi soon after played an abusive Arab sheikh in Harem.”
So the dilemma facing Arshad, be faithful to the Munnabhai brand, or be adventurous as an actor?
When contacted Arshad said, “You should ask Nikhil Advani if he is making it and if I am doing it.”