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Years active
  
1996–present

Spouse
  
Maria Goretti (m. 1999)

Website
  
Official website

Parents
  
Ahmed Ali Khan

Name
  
Arshad Warsi

Siblings
  
Asha Sachdev, Anwar

Height
  
1.65 m


Arshad Warsi wwwmasalacomsitesdefaultfilesimages201506

Born
  
19 April 1968 (age 55) (
1968-04-19
)

Occupation
  
Actor, Playback singer, Television presenter, Movie producer

Role
  
Film actor · arshadwarsi.net

Movies
  
Guddu Rangeela, Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya, Zila Ghaziabad, Welcome to Karachi

Similar People
  
Maria Goretti, Amit Sadh, Sanjay Dutt, Ronit Roy, Jackky Bhagnani

Arshad Warsi Bollywood Comedy


Arshad Warsi is an Indian film actor and producer. he made his debut in 1996 with Tere Mere Sapne, which was a box office success. He is best known for his portrayal of Circuit in the comedy film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), and its sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for the latter. He is also recognised for his role as Babban in Ishqiya (2010) and its sequel Dedh Ishqiya (2014), and for his role in Jolly LLB (2013).

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Early life and education

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Warsi was born into a Muslim family in Mumbai, India. His father's name was Ahmed Ali Khan. Warsi did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, in Deolali, Nashik district, Maharashtra. He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Mumbai during his early days. He left school after 10th standard.

Early career

Financial circumstances forced Warsi to start work as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman at age 17. Later he worked in a photo lab. Meanwhile, he developed a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join Akbar Sami's Dance group in Mumbai, which started his dancing and choreographing career. He also assisted Mahesh Bhatt in Thikana (1987) and Kaash (1987).

Then in 1991, he won the Indian dance competition, followed by the fourth prize in the Modern Jazz category in the 1992 World Dance championship, London, at the age of 21. Soon, he started his own dance studio, "Awesome" with that money and also formed a dance troupe. It was here that his future wife, Maria Goretti, a St. Andrew's College student, joined him before she became a VJ. He was also associated with English theatre group in Mumbai, choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar and got an opportunity to choreograph the title track for the film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993). During this time he was offered a role by Jaya Bachchan for Tere Mere Sapne.

Film career

He got his first offer to act in Amitabh Bachchan's production company, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation's first production Tere Mere Sapne in 1996. Before that he had made a small appearance as a dancer in a song in Aag Se Khelenge. He followed this by roles in films such as Betaabi (1997), Mere Do Anmol Ratan and Hero Hindustani (both 1998). His performance in P Vasu's Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999) was praised by Rediff.com's Suparn Verma. Warsi's next release was Madhur Bhandarkar's directorial debut Trishakti (1999). Completed in 3 years, the film performed poorly at the box office. His only film appearances of 2001 were in Ghaath, followed by Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao (2001) and Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002). Most of these failed to do well at the box office. In Shashanka Ghosh's Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, he played a common man who saves the life of a goon who is fatally shot. Ronjita Kulkarni wrote that he gave a "winning performance".

In 2003, he rose to fame when he starred as circuit to Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) in Rajkumar Hirani's comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. which turned out to be a huge box office success and gained him much critical acclaim and a nomination at the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for the same. Warsi said in an interview that had the film not worked, his career would have finished. His only release in 2004 was the comedy Hulchul which earned him the GIFA Best Comedian Award and nominations for Screen Award for Best Actor, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role. Warsi played an airport manager opposite Mahima Chaudhry in Samar Khan's Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye (2005). His performance in Sehar was positively received by critics and Sanhita Paradkar of Rediff.com wrote that: "finally [he is] in a much-deserved lead role". In the same year he appeared as a supporting actor in the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and Salaam Namaste. For the latter, he was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played a computer hacker in the Vivek Agnihotri-directed suspense thriller film Chocolate. Indrani Roy Mitra of Rediff.com said that Warsi gave a "commendable [performance]" in Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005).

Warsi collaborated with Rohit Shetty for Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), which was the first installment of the Golmaal series. His next release was the comic thriller Anthony Kaun Hai?, directed by Raj Kaushal. The film drew from many Hollywood and Bollywood films and Warsi won praise from critics for his role of a conman. Raj Lalwani opined that the film "belongs to [him]" and that he was "one of the most underrated actors around". He once again teamed up with Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt for Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), which won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role, IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role and Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of a cameraman kidnapped by the Taliban in the counter-terrorism drama Kabul Express (2006), from Kabir Khan, won appreciation. H S Bunty wrote that Warsi "steals the show". Warsi appeared in the box office success comedy Dhamaal (2007). He played the role of a Pakistani footballer living in London in the sports drama Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007). In director Jaideep Sen's comedy Krazzy 4, Warsi portrayed a person suffering from intermittent explosive disorder. The film failed to generate favourable reviews. Ameeta Gupta praised Warsi's performance in Deepak Shivdasani's comedy Mr. Black Mr. White (2008). He reteamed with Rohit Shetty for the comedy Golmaal Returns (2008). His first release of 2009 was Kisse Pyaar Karoon, followed by Ek Se Bure Do. He played lead role in Neeraj Vora-directed comedy Shortkut, a remake of the Malayalam film Udayananu Tharam (2005).

In 2010, Warsi won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the black-comedy Ishqiya. He appeared alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan. He produced and acted in Hum Tum Aur Ghost. The film received negative reviews and performed poorly financially. He once again collaborated with Rohit Shetty for the comedy Golmaal 3. It was a commercial success. Raja Sen opined that "Warsi [was] killing all the streetside-cred he's built up with bhai-sidekick roles by overdoing it." His 2011 releases include the comedies F.A.L.T.U and Double Dhamaal, which were both above-average grossers. The former was directed by Remo D'Souza and was inspired by the 2006 American comedy film Accepted, directed by Steve Pink. Preeti Arora called the latter a "huge disappointment".

His only film role in 2012 was in a guest appearance in Ajab Gazabb Love. CNN-IBN wrote that Warsi was "good and effective". His first release of 2013 was the action-thriller Zila Ghaziabad in which he played the role of a gangster. Charu Thakur criticised the film but praised Warsi's performance. He played a lawyer in the Subhash Kapoor-directed Jolly LLB, his first solo hit. Raja Sen wrote that he was "earnest to a fault". He was awarded the BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film (Male) and the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and Apsara Film Producers Guild Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for his performance in the comedy drama. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Warsi played an important role in the Amrit Sagar Chopra-directed sex comedy Rabba Main Kya Karoon (2013). He starred as the titular detective in Samir Tewari's comedy Mr Joe B. Carvalho opposite Soha Ali Khan. Panned by critics, the film failed to perform well at the box office. He starred in Abhishek Chaubey's Dedh Ishqiya (2014). He received a head injury while shooting an action scene for Manish Jha's comedy film The Legend of Michael Mishra. Ashish R Mohan's comedy Welcome to Karachi (2015) featured Warsi alongside Jackky Bhagnani and Lauren Gottlieb. Rohit Vats and Shubha Shetty-Saha lauded Warsi's acting and comic timing. His upcoming films include The Legend of Michael Mishra, Guddu Rangeela, Fraud Saiyyan and Bhaiyyaji Superhitt while film Zamaanat, a courtroom drama directed by S Ramanathan, is still unreleased.

Television career

Warsi was the co-host of the dance show Razzmatazz (2001) on Zee TV. He starred opposite Karisma Kapoor in the TV serial Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny from 2003 to 2004. It aired on Sahara One. He hosted a popular award show Sabse Favourite Kaun (2004) for STAR Gold. He was the host of Bigg Boss 1 (2006), the Indian version of the reality television series Big Brother which was aired on Sony Entertainment. Warsi won the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor—Game/Quiz Show for this. He has also done a small cameo on Disney Channel's television show Ishaan (2010).

Personal life

Warsi married Maria Goretti on 14 February 1999. They have a son named Zeke Warsi, born on 10 August 2004. Both Maria and Zeke made a special appearance in Salaam Namaste. On 2 May 2007, the couple had a baby girl named Zene Zoe Warsi. During his school days, Warsi was a national level gymnast.

Reception and in the media

Naseeruddin Shah said that: "He is easily the best all-round actor in this generation", while Vidya Balan said of Warsi: "He reminds me of the great European actors who can fit into any role. But he is completely under-utilised". In his book Hero Vol.2, Ashok Raj has called him "one of the most talented actors among today's breed". Despite being a well known actor, Warsi does not prefer giving auditions. Bhawana Somaaya has called him "one of the best three dancers of the Hindi film industry". Director Samir Tewari called him "the most underrated and unutilised actor." Boman Irani also feels the same and called him a "natural and unique performer".

He considers himself a better serious actor than a comic one. He's also an avid biker and was part of a bikers' gang in school.

Filmography and awards

Warsi won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role in 2007. He has been awarded Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role twice (in 2004 and 2007).

Filmography

Actor
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Golmaal 5 (announced) as
Madhav Singh Ghai
-
Untitled Sanjay Dutt/Arshad Warsi Project (announced)
-
Awara Pagal Deewana 2 (pre-production)
-
Banda Singh (pre-production)
-
Jolly LLB 3 (pre-production)
-
In-Deewar (filming)
2024
Welcome to the Jungle (filming)
-
Jeevan Bheema Yojana (post-production)
-
The Routes as
Raju
2023
Choona (TV Series) as
Voice of Author
- Episode #1.8 (2023) - Voice of Author
- Episode #1.7 (2023) - Voice of Author
- Episode #1.6 (2023) - Voice of Author
- Episode #1.5 (2023) - Voice of Author
- Episode #1.4 (2023) - Voice of Author
- Episode #1.3 (2023) - Voice of Author
- Enemy of My Enemy (2023) - Voice of Author
- Sleep with the Fishes (2023) - Voice of Author
2020
Asur: Welcome to Your Dark Side (TV Series) as
Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The God's Dilemma (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Birth of the New God (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The Domino Effect (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The Countdown begins (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Designing the Future (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Burning the Forest (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The Past, the Present and the Future (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The Dance of Death (2023) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Let there be darkness (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The devil has a face (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The firewall (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Ashes from the past (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Peek - a - boo (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- End is the beginning (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- Rabbit Hole (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
- The Dead Can Talk (2020) - Dhananjay Rajpoot
2022
Modern Love: Mumbai (TV Series) as
Daniel
- Cutting Chai (2022) - Daniel
2022
Bachchhan Paandey as
Vishu (Vishwakanth Mahtre)
2021
Zamaanat: And Justice for All as
Suraj
2020
Durgamati: The Myth as
Ishwar Prasad
2019
Pagalpanti as
Junky
2019
Yo Yo Honey Singh: Thumka (Music Video) as
Arshad Warsi
2019
Total Dhamaal as
Aditya
2019
Fraud Saiyaan as
Bhola
2018
Simmba as
Self in 'Aankh Marey' song (special appearance)
2018
Brother, Superhit! as
Goldie Kapoor
2017
Golmaal Again as
Madhav
2017
Irada as
Arjun Mishra
2016
The Legend of Michael Mishra as
Michael Misra
2015
Guddu Rangeela as
Rangeela
2015
Welcome 2 Karachi as
Shammi Thakur
2014
Dedh Ishqiya as
Babban Hussain
2014
Mr Joe B. Carvalho as
Joe B Carvalho
2013
Rabba Main Kya Karoon as
Shrawan Singh Choudhary
2013
Jolly LLB as
Jagdish Tyagi a.k.a. Jolly
2013
Zila Ghaziabad as
Mahendra Fauji
2012
Six December
2012
Ajab Gazabb Love as
Subramaniam Seth
2011
Double Dhamaal as
Aditya Shrivastav / Ghanta Singh
2011
F.A.L.T.U as
Google Chand
2010
Golmaal 3 as
Madhav
2010
Hum Tum Aur Ghost as
Armaan Suri
2010
Ishqiya as
Babban Hussain
2009
Shortkut - The Con Is On as
Rajesh 'Raju' 'King Kumar' Kumar
2009
Ek Se Bure Do as
Toti
2009
Kisse Pyaar Karoon? as
Sid
2008
Golmaal Returns as
ACP Madhav Singh Ghai
2008
Mr. White Mr. Black as
Kishen / Hari
2008
Krazzy 4 as
Raja
2008
Sunday as
Ballu
2007
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal as
Shaan Ali Khan
2007
Dhamaal as
Aditya Shrivastav (Adi)
2006
Kabul Express as
Jai Kapoor
2006
Carry On, Munna Bhai as
Sarkeshwar (Circuit)
2006
Anthony Kaun Hai? as
Champak 'Champ' Chaudhary / Anthony Gonzales
2006
Golmaal: Fun Unlimited as
Madhav Singh 'Madhu' Ghai
2005
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! as
Fakira B.P.C.M.
2005
Salaam Namaste as
Ranjan "Ron" Mathur
2005
Sehar as
SSP Ajay Kumar
2005
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya as
Vicky
2005
Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets as
Chip
2005
Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye as
Manager S.R. Khan
2003
Karishma: The Miracles of Destiny (TV Series) as
Pakiya (2003-2004)
2004
Hulchul as
Lucky
2003
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. as
Sarkeshwar (Circuit)
2003
It Happens That Way Too: Part II as
Puneet Sayal
2002
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani as
Abdul
2001
Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao as
Rocky
2001
Jeetenge Hum
2000
Ghaath as
Divakar
1999
Trishakti as
Sagar Malhotra
1999
Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet as
Kishan
1998
Mere Do Anmol Ratan as
Narinder (Naren)
1998
Hero Hindustani as
Romi Pratap Singh / Romi Babulal (as Arshad Warsi Khan)
1997
Betaabi as
Shekhar / Vicky
1996
Tere Mere Sapne as
Ballu
1993
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja as
Dancer in title sequence
1989
Aag Se Khelenge as
Rogue
Writer
2010
Hum Tum Aur Ghost (screenplay & dialogues) / (story)
Assistant Director
1987
Thikana (assistant director)
1987
Kaash (assistant director)
Music Department
2006
Carry On, Munna Bhai (playback singer)
2003
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (playback singer)
Soundtrack
2006
Carry On, Munna Bhai (performer: "Samjho Ho Hi Gaya")
2003
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (performer: "Apun Jaise Tapori")
Miscellaneous
1993
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (Choreographer) / (choreographer)
Producer
2010
Hum Tum Aur Ghost (producer)
Thanks
2011
Love Breakups Zindagi (special thanks)
Self
2023
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (TV Series) as
Self - Judge
- Episode #11.1 (2023) - Self - Judge
2016
The Kapil Sharma Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Holi Special (2022) - Self
- Team Durgamati (2020) - Self
- The Star-Cast of Pagalpanti - Part 2 (2019) - Self
- The Star-Cast of Pagalpanti - Part 1 (2019) - Self
- Arshad Warsi in Kapil's Mohalla (2016) - Self
2021
LOL - Hasse Toh Phasse (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- The Final Countdown (2021) - Self - Host
- The Zombies (2021) - Self - Host
- Between a Rock and a Rockstar (2021) - Self - Host
- Hitting the Right Notes (2021) - Self - Host
- To Be or Not to Be (2021) - Self - Host
- Skeleton in the Closet (2021) - Self - Host
2019
By Invite Only (TV Series) as
Self
- John, Arshad, Ileana, Pulkit, Kriti, Urvashi (2019) - Self
2019
Son of Abish (TV Series) as
Self
- Son of Abish feat. Arshad Warsi & Kubbra Sait (2019) - Self
2018
Sanju as
Self
2017
Sabse Bada Kalakar (TV Series)
2017
Baba Ki Chowki (TV Series) as
Self
- Golmaal Again with Baba (2017) - Self
2017
Poster Boys as
Self
2015
Comedy Nights with Kapil (TV Series) as
Self / Host
- Arshad Warsi as a host, Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran (2015) - Self / Host
- Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani and Lauren Gottlieb (2015) - Self
2006
Bigg Boss (TV Series) as
Self - Host / Self - Presenter / Self
- Elli saves Andy from elimination (2013) - Self
- Grand Finale (2007) - Self - Host
2012
13th International Indian Film Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - award presenter
2011
12th International Indian Film Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - award presenter
2011
Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala (TV Series) as
Captains
2010
Ishaan (TV Series) as
Self (2010)
2008
Zara Nachke Dikha (TV Series) as
Self - Judge
2008
Halla Bol as
Self
Archive Footage
2020
B Praak: Baras Baras (Music Video) as
Arshad Warsi

References

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