Name: Arshad Warsi
Birthday: 19th April, 1968
Marital Status: Married to MTV VJ Maria Goretti since 1999. The couple has two children- an 8 year old son named Zeke, and a 5 year old girl names Zene Zoe.
Awards: Arshad Warsi won the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in Comic Role for Munnabhai M.B.B.S. and the GIFA Best Comedian Award for Hulchul. He won four awards for Lage Raho Munnabhai- the Filmfare Best Comedian Award, the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in Comic Role and the Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also the winner of the Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Ishqiya.
Trivia: Not all people know that the actor with a brilliant comic timing is a superb choreographer as well. Before stepping into the world of dance and acting, he did odd jobs. He has been the winner of major dance competitions in 1991 and 1992. Besides having acted in 40-odd films, he has also been a television presenter and the producer of two films.
Biography: The versatile actor was born in Mumbai and studied at a boarding school in Nashik. He lost his parents at age 14, as a consequence of which he faced plenty of hardships to survive in Mumbai during his early career phase. He worked as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman and also as a photo lab assistant just to support himself.
Following his interest in dancing, he joined Akbar Sami’s dance group, which set the stage for a bright future for him. He assisted filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt in two of his films- Thikana and Kaash. Arshad later won the Indian Dance Competition in 1991, and the following year, he finished fourth in the World Dance Championship in London in the modern jazz category. This victory opened up new vistas for him, and he started his own dance studio named ‘Awesome’. His association with Bharat Dabholkara and an English theatre group helped him bag the opportunity to choreograph the title song of Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993.
Life took a new turn for this talented actor- dancer in 1996 when he was chosen to play one of the lead roles in Tere Mere Sapne, which was being produced by Amitabh Bachchan’s production company ABCL. The film’s positive response helped Arshad Warsi gain some recognition. This was followed by a number of films in the subsequent years, all of which failed to make an impact at the box office. And then came Munnabhai M.B.B.S. in 2003, and changed things for the better! The Rajkumar Hirani film has Arshad playing the supporting role named Circuit, which went on to become of the most historical characters in the history of Indian cinema.
Thereafter, he appeared many successful films like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Salaam Namaste, Golmaal and Kabul Express, mainly doing supporting yet noticeable roles. In 2006, he starred in Lage Raho Munnabhai, the sequel to Munnabhai M.B.B.S., for which he won four prestigious awards, including his first Filmfare Award. He then acted in films like Dhamaal, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, Golmaal Returns, Ishqiya and Golmaal 3. His performance in Ishqiya was hugely appreciated and he was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Arshad Warsi produced a film named Hum Tum Aur Ghost in 2010. He has lent his voice for two songs- one each in Munnabhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munnabhai. He hosted a dance show called Razzmatazz on Zee TV, the first season of popular reality show Bigg Boss on Sony TV and the second season of dance show Zara Nachke Dikha on Star Plus.
Some of the upcoming films of this all-in-one actor-producer-presenter-singer are Bhaiyyaji Superhit, Zilla Ghaziabad, Total Dhamaal, Jolly LLB, Golmaal 4, Hungame Pe Hungama and Kismat Ki Kompony.