We suspect we haven’t seen the best from the talented and underrated Arshad Warsi. Birthday boy Warsi really has a knockout performance up his sleeve.
The Mumbai-born, middle-class Muslim boy was sadly orphaned at the tender young age of fourteen. Since then, Arshad has supported himself, and built a reputation as a skilled actor. At the age of seventeen, Warsi was forced by circumstances to sell cosmetics, door-to-door. He then picked up a job as an assistant, working in a photo lab.
Then, in 1987, Arshad Warsi got bitten by the film bug, and began assisting Mahesh Bhatt on films like Thikana and Kaash. Not only was Arshad a great A.D, but one of his hidden talents is that he is a great dancer. In 1991, Arshad won a dance competition, and even picked up the fourth place in the prestigious World Dance Championship in London.
With the money he made, he opened up his own dance studio called Awesome, where he ended up meeting his future wife, Maria Goretti. Then, Arshad switched gears, and got into choreographing for theatre, which led him to his first Bollywood number, in Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja in 1993.
Then, in 1996, Arshad Warsi got his big break. He was cast as the male lead in an Amitabh Bachchan production– ABCL’s first film, Tere Mere Sapne. The film took off, and with it, so did Arshad’s career. He starred in films like Betaabi, Mere Do Anmol Ratan, Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, Ghaath and Jaani Dushman in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Sadly, Arshad did not taste too much success as a solo hero.
His fortunes turned again, when in 2003, he was cast as Sanjay Dutt’s sidekick in Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Since then, he’s appeared in hits like Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Dhamaal, Golmaal Returns, Ishqiya, Golmaal 3, Jolly LLB. Up next, Arshad will be seen in The Legend of Michael Mishra, Bhaiyyaji Super hit, Munnabhai Chale Delhi among others.
Here’s wishing the very talented and grounded Arshad Warsi a very happy birthday!