Arshad Warsi

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Arshad Warsi is an Indian actor who debuted in 1996 with the film Tere Mere Sapne which was a success but he is best known for his role as “Circuit” in the comedy films Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and his role as Babban in Ishqiya (2010) which won him acclaim.

Personal Profile
Date of Birth (Birthday): 19 April, 1968
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Religion: Muslim
Marital Status: Married
Languages: Hindi, English
Contact Address: Kohinoor Apartments, 503 Yari Road, Versova, Andheri, Mumbai 400 061

Family Background
Spouse: Maria Goretti
Son: Zeke Zidaan Warsi

Film Background (Filmography)
Debut Film: Tere Mere Sapne
Famous Movies: Salaam Namaste, Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya, Sehar, Hulchul, Munnabhai M.B.B.S., Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao, Ghaath, Trishakti, Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, Hero Hindustani, Betaabi
Latest Movies: Chocolate
Upcoming Movies: Yun Hota To Kya Hota, Munnabhai Meets Mahatma Gandhi, Kisse Pyaar Karoon

Favourites
Favourite Dish/ Recipes: Chicken Biryani
Breakfast: One egg, one slice of bread with butter and fresh fruit juice
Likes: Cooking

Warsi was born in Mumbai, India, and did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, Deolali in Nashik district, Maharashtra. 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. Andrews College student joined him, before she became a VJ. He was also associated with English theater 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).

Film career
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. He has since appeared in several successful films such as Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005) Golmaal, Kabul Express, Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), the sequel to Munnabhai MBBS which also won him his first Filmfare Award under the category of Best Comedian. He also starred in hit films like Dhamaal (2007), Golmaal Returns (2008), and Ishqiya (2010).

His first film as a producer, Hum Tum Aur Ghost was released in 2010.

Warsi is starring opposite Sanjay Dutt in Munnabhai Chale Amerika, the third sequel to the much acclaimed Munnabhai MBBS (2003).

Television career
Warsi has made a mark for himself on the small screen as well. He hosted a popular award show Sabse Favourite Kaun for STAR Gold. He was the host of Bigg Boss, Season 1, the Indian version of the reality television series Big Brother which was aired on Sony. He was also the co-host of a dance show Razzmatazz on Zee TV.

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.

Awards
* 2007: Filmfare Best Comedian Award – Lage Raho Munna Bhai
* 2007: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role – Lage Raho Munna Bhai
* 2005: GIFA Best Comedian Award – Hulchul

Filmography

Golmaal 3 2010 Madhav
Munnabhai Chale Amerika 2010 Circuit
Hum Tum Aur Ghost 2010 Armaan
Ishqiya 2010 Babban
Zamaanat 2009 Suraj
Shortcut: The Con is on 2009 Raju
Ek Se Bure Do 2009 Toti
Kisse Pyaar Karoon 2009 Siddharth (Sid)
Golmaal Returns 2008 ACP Madhav Singh Ghai
Mr. White Mr. Black 2008 Kishan
Krazzy 4 2008 Raja
Sunday 2008 Ballu
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal 2007 Shaan Ali Khan
Dhamaal 2007 Adi
Anthony Kaun Hai 2006 Champ
Kabul Express 2006 Jai Kapoor (TV journalist – cinematographer)
Chocolate 2006 Chip
Lage Raho Munnabhai 2006 Circuit Winner, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Golmaal 2006 Madhav Singh ‘Madhu’ Ghai
Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi 2005 Fakira B.P.C.M.
Salaam Namaste 2005 Ranjan ‘Ron’ Mathur
Sehar 2005 SSP Ajay Kumar
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya 2005 Vicky
Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye 2005 Manager S.R. Khan
Hulchul 2004 Lucky
Munnabhai M.B.B.S. 2003 Circuit
Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II 2003 Punit Sanyal
Jaani Dushman 2002 Abdul
Jeetenge Hum 2001
Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao 2001 Rocky
Ghaath 2000 Divakar
Trishakati 1999 Sagar Malhotra
Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet 1999 Kishan
Hero Hindustani 1998 Romi
Mere Do Anmol Ratan 1998 Narinder (Naren)
Betaabi 1997 Vicky/Chetan
Tere Mere Sapne 1996 Ballu


Producer

* Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010)

Playback Singer

* 2006 – Lage Raho Munnabhai

* 2004 – Munnabhai M.B.B.S.

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