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    "I am the worst singer ever," says Arshad Warsi

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Friday, August 25, 2006
    Arshad Warsi found his bearings with Munnabhai’s Circuit. Having been around for more than a decade an out of work Warsi had to depend on wife Maria Goretti for running the kitchen. That’s when Vidhu Vinod Chopra gave him the opportunity of a lifetime by believing that he can pull off the Circuit magic in Raj Kumar Hirani’s debut film ‘Munnabhai MBBS’. That his role earned iconic proposition and his career took off in a big way is what folklores are made of. Today Arshad is the first choice for a comic multiple hero films like ‘Golmaal’, ‘Pyaar Maine Kyun Kiya’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Hulchul’ to name a few. IndiaGlitz brings you an exclusive interview with Circuit:

    What’s the difference between the making of ‘M.B.B.S.’ and ‘Lage Raho..’?

    Last making bina kisi expectation se ki thi aur yeh making… bahut dar lag raha hain kyunki mujhse zyada logon ko expectation zyada hain. But fark toh kaafi hain actually. Fark bhi hain, nahin bhi hain. Fark isliye ki iss bar film thodi badi hain, canvas bada hain, tension zyada hain. Fark isliye nahin hain kyunki mentality wahi hain, humor hain. Magar ghabrahat zyada hain iss time pe.

    Ten things you liked while working on the film?

    Working with Sanju, Raju. The whole crew. The feel, the whole thought of going to shoot Munnabhai, the reaction I get from people, The seriousness and dedication that is there on the set with the whole lot of humour and masti and all the oneliners happening on the set. My clothes that I wear, my knife that I use. Freedom that I have to improvise and have fun to do and enjoy… and the fact that this is Munnabhai.

    Did you have any problem getting into Circuit’s character again?

    Mera problem kya hain ki main role karne ke baad bhool jata hoon and then I move to next role. Same thing I did with Munnabhai. Film ki, film khatam hui, bhool gaya, kaise kiya tha, kya kiya tha, completely bhool gaya. And jab part two ki baat hui, maine socha thodi si takleef hogi, thodi na kisi ki mimicry kar raha hoon. Lekin jab actual set pe gaya, tab mujhe realise hua, okay , this is the same character I am repeating, who I have never done in my life. Ab mujhe khud hi apne ko play karna hoga. Ab wahan mujhe takleef hui kyunki main bhool chuka tha maine kya kiya tha. Aur main yeh dialogue kabhie iss tareeke se kar raha hoon, kabhie uss tareeke se kar raha hoon. Aur finally Raju ne kaha yeh lijiye DVD, film dekhiye aur apne aap ki mimicry kijiye. Toh haan pehle din thoda sa confusion tha, even Sanju ko bhi confusion tha.

    How does this bonding helps in Munna Circuit chemistry?

    It does help. Do actor jinke beech mein koi negativity nahin hain, the results are always positive. And Sanju ke saath mera yahin connection hain. Aur main yahin dekhta hoon ke Sanju ke saath main kitna bhi ghumoo, phiroo, kheloo, but main yeh kabhie bhi nahin bhoolta ke end of the day woh mera senior hain and I have to give him the respect and I think that makes the difference. Its not fake, its genuine. Its genuine respect that happens. Sanju knows what I will do, and I know how Sanju will react. When I say Bhai vinamra ke saath bolna chahiye, I knew he will ask what is Vinamra. I knew ke Sanju aisa karega.

    Your first encounter with songs.

    Arre woh Shantanu, lagta hain usse apna career pasand nahi hain. I am the worst singer ever. Main jhooth bhi nahin bolta. Main happy birthday bhi nahin gaata kisi ke birthday pe. I am that frightened. Aur Raju kehta hain ki Arshad gaana gaana hain. Maine kaha main nahi gaa sakta. Gaana nahi hain, bas thoda sa dialogue hain aur wahan Shantanu ne pahoonchne ke baad bola (humming song), maine bola nahi. Aur highlight usmein ye thi ki chalo theek hain Sanju hi gayega maximum, main thoda sa idhar udhar. Sanju ne apna dialogue gaake chala gaya au baaki ka part mujhe hi karna pada. Maine kaha main kahan phas gaya. But anyways it was thanks to Shantanu and Technology.

    First part toh gaya. Now Raju was planning for the second part. Now what was your guessing ke kya hoga?

    Jahan tak mera vichar hain, part two should always be better than part 1. You need to have something in the script which is beyond people's imagination and which shocks you. Kaafi chal tha, LLB, vagera chal raha tha and then one day he said Arshad film mein Gandhi rahega. I said correct. That’s the one. I completely rely on your faith. I know he cannot go wrong. Other people might think him idiotic. But I don’t knew how he will weave the whole story. And mereko kahani jab sunaya. it completely moved on.

    Any favourite scene?

    I like drunk scene, Sanjay and me when he says koi bhi gaana gaate hain toh Bapu aa jata hain. The whole scene where I can’t see Bapu and Munna tells me Bapu ko chhod de, the entire scene where is Bapu, it is fantastic.

    How much freedom does Raju give to the actor, especially to you?

    Raju is a very clever director. We will say that Raju aise aise karte hain, he will say that haan haan and then finally he will say that but stick to that. Par mujhe Raju ne bahut freedom diya tha. Part 1 bahut diya. Part 2 mein mujhe zaroorat hi nahin padi, it was like a cakewalk. But I remember one sequence of Sanju's, He's crying and sobbing. And this is typical Raju. Will say Kamaal ka performance diya, very good, very good. We think the take is OK. then he says OK, one more. Usmein thoda crying kam kar dena. He will push you till he gets the right shot.

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