Arshad Warsi

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Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi

Most popularly known for the role of Circuit in the iconic Munnabhai series, Arshad Warsi is an Indian film actor, choreographer and dancer who is also known for his comedy roles in various films.

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15 March 2013Jolly LLB
Jagdish Tyagi / Jolly

29 January 2010Ishqiya
Babban Hussain

2009Shortkut
Rajesh 'Raju' 'King Kumar' Kumar

7 September 2007Dhamaal
Aditya Adi Shrivastav

20 May 2007Sehar
SSP Ajay Kumar

Biography

Most popularly known for the role of Circuit in the iconic Munnabhai series, Arshad Warsi is an Indian film actor, choreographer and dancer who is also known for his comedy roles in various films. Born into a Muslim family in Mumbai, Arshad did his schooling from Barnes School, Nashik.He was orphaned at the age of 14 and hence left school after 10th Std. Due to the circumstances, Arshad did a lot of odd jobs before starting his dancing and choreography career with Akbar Sami’s Dance Group. At the age of 21, he won the Indian dance competition followed by fourth prize in Modern Jazz competition at the World Dance Championships. With this success, he started his own dance studio, Awesome choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar and for the film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993), where he was offered his first film. Arshad made his debut with the film, Tere Mere Sapne (1996) which did not too well at the box office but got him attention which was followed by flops like Betaabi (1997) and Hero Hindustani (1998). He starred alongside Ajay Devgn in the film, Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999) where his performance was praised. After another string of flops, his career took a 360 degree turn with the role of Circuit in the film, Munnabhai M.B.B.S (2003), which received widespread critical acclaim and was a blockbuster at the box office along with becoming a cult over the years. Arshad’s performance was widely appreciated. He followed it up with working in films like Hulchul (2004), Sehar (2005) which was critically acclaimed, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005) and Chocolate (2005). He was a part of four-hero cast in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal:Fun Unlimited (2006) which was a blockbuster followed by his critically acclaimed performance in Anthony Kaun Hai? (2006) and reprising his role of Circuit for the film, Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), sequel to Munnabhai M.B.B.S which was also critically acclaimed and was a blockbuster also earning Arshad his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. After success in Kabul Express (2006) and Dhamaal (2007) he had another string of flops with the films, Krazzy 4 (2007), Mr. Black Mr. White (2008) and Shortkut: The Con Is On (2009) with the exception being the sequel to Golmaal, Golmaal Returns (2008). Arshad broke his stereotyped comedy roles image with the film, Ishqiya (2010) which was a critical and commercial success also earning him a Filmfare Award nomination followed by the third installment in Golmaal series, Golmaal 3 (2010) which was a blockbuster. After a small role in F.A.L.T.U (2011), he starred in the Dhamaal sequel, Double Dhamaal (2011) which was panned by the critics but fared well at the box office. After another two flops, Arshad got his first ever solo hit, Jolly LLB (2013) which was also a critical success earning him the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and Apsara Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role. His last successful film was Dedh Ishqiya (2014) other than flops like Mr Joe B Carvalho (2014), Welcome 2 Karachi (2015) and Guddu Rangeela (2015). His latest projects include roles in The Legend of Michael Mishra (2015), Bhaiyyaji Superhitt (2016), Fraud Saiyyan (2016) and Jolly LLB 2 (2016). He also did some TV shows like Razzmatazz (2001) and the first season of Big Boss (2006). Arshad is married to former VJ Maria Goretti whom he met during his choreography days and together they have a son Zeke Warsi and a daughter, Zene Zoe Warsi.

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