Date of Birth: 19-Apr-68
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Description: Arshad Warsi is an Indian actor. He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Mumbai during his early days. 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 had 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 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, his future wife, Maria Goretti, a St. Andrew's College student joined him, before she became a VJ. He got his first offer to act in Amitabh Bachchan's production company, ABCL's first production Tere Mere Sapne in 1996. After its success, he acted in several other films over the next six years, but most of which failed to do well at the box office, till 2003, when he starred in the comedy film Munnabhai MBBS, which turned to be a huge box office success and gained him much critical acclaim and a nomination at the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting role. His first film as a producer, Hum Tum Aur Ghost was released in 2010. Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arshad_Warsi)
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Arshad Warsi may no longer be a permanent fixture in big Bollywood flicks but that does not mean he won’t keep trying with his little independent movies. But does his latest offering live up to expectations? Let’s find out. As the title suggests, The Legend Of Michael Mishra is narrated by a character named Full Pant played by Boman Irani. We are introduced first to a teenage Michael who is a tailor. He invariably take a wrong turn down the line and ends up in a life of crime but not before hopelessly falling in love with a young girl. Years later our Michael is a kidnapping kingpin when he encounters the very same girl who has now grown up into Aditi Rao Hydari who sings songs in atrocious English. But obviously she isn’t going to settle down with a goon like Michael and hence our legendary gunda must now prove that he can turn over a new leaf. A few random twists and turns aside, that is pretty much all you need to know about the story of this movie. Director Manish Jha tries very hard to create something very unique and has failed miserably. While we were expecting a Jolly LLB level entertainer we have a legendary letdown on our hands. The film tries very hard to be smart and witty but most of the jokes feel too overdone. The humour is forced and the writing is fairly bad across the board. Not even the acting chops of Arshad Warsi can save this film because Warsi himself doesn’t seem to care. The versatile actor’s heart doesn’t seem to be in the role and he just seems eager to get done with the whole thing. Aditi Rao Hydari looks pretty as ever but is a bit of a mismatch with Arshad. Boman Irani works his magic but it doesn’t really help. Overall, this is one movie you should definitely skip. The script is dull, the performances are dull and the film deserves not more than two stars.
The inimitable Amit Trivedi is the talent behind Arshad Warsi and Amit Sadh’s upcoming film Guddu Rangeela. Let’s take a look at what the maverick music director has managed to cook up this time.
Title track Guddu Rangeela is funny and quirky with a playful rhythm. This male duet by Amit Trivedi and Divya Kumar effectively introduces us to our two wacky leading men. It won’t be winning any awards but should be a fun addition to the movie. Shahid Mallya replaces Amita Trivedi for the remix version adding a new level of freshness. The addition of the chorus makes it the most preferable one of the two.
Next up we have Arijit Singh doing what he does best – a beautiful romantic track titled Sooiyan. He is joined by the mellifluous Chinmayi Sripada. Complimented by minimalistic instruments, this breezy track fails to leave a lasting impression. But it is still fun while it lasts.
Chinmayi Sripada is joined by Shahid Mallya for Sahebaan which starts off much the same as Sooiyaan. It picks up pace later on but still feels too familiar to stand out in any way. We feel Trivedi could have done a lot with this track but seems to settle for less.
Gajendar Phogat grabs the microphone for Mata Ka Email which was been composed by director Subhash Kapoor himself. It creates a wonderful ‘jaagran’ type atmosphere with an incredibly catchy tune. The weird lyrics are an added treat and things are kept suitably rustic throughout.
Overall, while Mata Ka Email really shines, the rest of the album feels like a missed opportunity for Amit Trivedi. He never delves into the mediocre but fails to impress throughout.
Arshad Warsi’s recent outing Welcome 2 Karachi may have opened to lukewarm response but the actor does not seem too disheartened. We hear that Arshad has been visiting New York City and he recently even met Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon for dinner! Arshad and his wife Maria were spotted having a meal with Susan at the city’s famous Junoon NYC restaurant. Run by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, Junoon NYC specializes in fine contemporary Indian cuisine. Arshad even shared a lovely photo of the couple with Susan and tweeted, “Had a lovely time last night with the utterly delightful Susan Sarandan @junoonNYC.” Maria too had a great time. She wrote on her Twitter account, “Had dinner with the wildly lovely Susan Sarandon last night..Filled with conversation about travel, art family & films..She is an amazing artist, humanitarian, wild-child, mother & is just beautiful inside out ..” We wonder if something is cooking between Arshad and Susan, maybe Bollywood’s beloved circuit is thinking of going west! Only time will tell.
Relatively smaller budget Bollywood films have had better luck at the box office this year with movies like Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Piku encashing more than mega features like Bombay Velvet. Arshad Warsi’s Welcome 2 Karachi however seems to have completely missed the gravy train. The film barely made 1.45 Crores on Friday and added just another 1.55 Crores on Saturday another 1.75 Crores on Sunday. Add to that the 50 lakhs collected through paid previews on Thursday and the opening weekend total comes to something like 5.25 Crores. It did manage to outperform other smaller movies like Ishqedaariyan and P Se PM Tak but that isn’t saying much. On the other hand, Tanu Weds Manu Returns has crossed 96.77 Crores in ten days and seems slated to become an unlikely but very deserving member of the 100 Crore club. 2015 should finally get its first true mega performer later this week in the form of Dil Dhadakne Do. However, after the Bombay Velvet debacle, one can never be too sure.
Kedar (Jackky Bhagnani) is the son of a Gujarati party planner (Dalip Tahil). Shammi (Arshad Warsi) is an ex- Naval officer, who now works under Kedar’s father. One day, due to a communication gap, they take one of the party boats meant for a marriage party for their own enjoyment, but due to a storm the boat sinks and both our heroes are washed ashore in Karachi, Pakistan. When they realize where they are, they try their best to get back to India, but keep running into either the Taliban, Pakistan’s political power class or the American Intelligence. For how they finally escape, you need to see the movie. W2K is funny in parts, and many times when you feel the movie is just running along, either the lead pair or one of the supporting characters come up with a funny situation to make you laugh. Arshad and Jackky make a good pair, and Arshad delivers dialogues in his trademark style that makes you stick to your seat despite some hammy performances by some other actors. Jackky supports Arshad well and has managed to carry off the Gujarati accent and mannerisms well, especially for some of his punchlines. Lauren as a Pakistani intelligence agent does a decent job and surprisingly her Hindi is pretty good. But comedy, especially in a 2 hr 20 minute movie, is not an easy concept to execute. One mistake that Welcome 2 Karachi makes is that it tries to tickle you at each and every instance, often trying to pull off forced jokes. The musical cues after every funny dialogue- like ting and toing are like the false audience applause on the 90’s serials that try to remind you-that hey, you've got to laugh now, just incase you were beginning to zone out. The Gujaratiness is also rubbed in a bit too much after sometime. Ultimately, we shall go with 2 stars for this movie.