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Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi is an Indian film actor, producer, television personality and playback singer who appears in Bollywood films.

He is the recipient of several awards including a Filmfare Award from five nominations and is noted for acting in varied film genres.

  • Full name: Arshad Warsi
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 19 April 1968 (age 51 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Spouse: Maria Goretti (m. 1999)
  • TV shows: Bigg Boss, Sabse Bada Kalakar, MORE
  • Children: Zeke Warsi, Zene Zoe Warsi
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About Arshad Warsi

Warsi was born into a Muslim family in Bombay (present-day Mumbai), India. His father’s name was Ashiq Hussain Warsi.

Warsi did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, in Deolali, Nashik district, Maharashtra.

He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Bombay during his early days. He left school after 10th standard.

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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 developed a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join Akbar Sami’s Dance group in Bombay, which started his dancing and choreographing 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 the 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 that his future wife, Maria Goretti, a St. Andrew’s College student, joined him before she became a VJ.

He was also associated with English theatre group in Bombay, choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar and got an opportunity to choreograph the title track for the film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993).

During this time he was offered a role by Jaya Bachchan for Tere Mere Sapne.

Career

Before making his acting debut, Warsi associated with English theatre group in Mumbai, served as an assistant director to Mahesh Bhatt in Kaash (1987) and also choreographed a song in Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993).

Warsi made his acting debut in 1996 with Tere Mere Sapne, which was a box office success. His portrayal of Circuit in the comedy film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), and its sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role marked a turning point in his career.

He featured in several commercially successful films including Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999), Hulchul (2004), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005).

Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Dhamaal (2007), Krazzy 4 (2008), Golmaal Returns (2008), Ishqiya (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), F.A.L.T.U (2011), Double Dhamaal (2011), Jolly LLB (2013).

Golmaal Again (2017) and Total Dhamaal (2019), and received critical recognition for his work in films including Sehar (2005), Kabul Express (2006), Dedh Ishqiya (2014) and Guddu Rangeela (2015).

He is widely regarded by many as one of the most under-rated actors in the Hindi film industry.

In addition to acting in films, Warsi has hosted the dance show Razzmatazz in 2001, Sabse Favourite Kaun in 2004 and the first season of the reality television show Bigg Boss for which he was awarded the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor – Game/Quiz Show.

He starred opposite Karisma Kapoor in the TV serial Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny (2003) and featured as a judge for Zara Nachke Dikha in 2010. Warsi is married to Maria Goretti since 1999 with whom he has two children.