Arshad Warsi: Comic relief!


By Hindustan Times

Funnyman Arshad Warsi’s next two films are serious in content. The first, Mr Jolly LLB, is the story of a small-time lawyer who takes on the biggies; the second titled Zilla Ghaziabad is on crime in the UP city.

While the latter starts next month and marks the actor’s debut as a villain, Zilla Ghaziabad will begin later this year. His comic caper Double Dhamaal (DD) will precede both these films.

“After Double Dhamaal, I’ll take off on a really long bike ride, before I start work on Zilla Ghaziabad. I can’t disclose much, but I’m excited because this is my first out-and-out negative role, for which I have to do a lot of mental and physical preparation to get into the skin of the character,” says Arshad.

“Mr Jolly LLB is interesting too, but both the films after DD are serious.” To balance out all this intensity, Arshad will have a blast on his upcoming TV stint, Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla, which goes on air next weekend on Star Plus.

“It’s important for me to have my dose of laughter because life will be without humour once I start working on these two films. And nothing beats a comedy show to fill the vacuum,” says Arshad, who has previously been seen on Bigg Boss Season One and Zara Nachke Dikha. It’s a coincedence that the time slot of Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla is almost the same as director-friend Rohit Shetty’s Comedy Circus on Sony Entertainment. But Arshad’s not worried: “We’re not competitors, the channels are. And we can do little about it, except do our work as judges; and in my case, as a mentor too.” Munnabhai Sanjay Dutt’s sidekick Circuit has laid down simple rules for his team and all other participants on the show.

“Comedy in films, stand-up comedy and stand-up comedy on a TV show are very different from each other. What works for one, may or may not work for the other. So, it’s important to understand the audience before cracking a joke,” Arshad points out, adding, “We’re working on timing and getting the cues and punches bang on. There’s no room for a delay. A script runs into six to seven pages and it’s easy to miss a pun intended. That’s what I will look for when I judge the other teams.”