Arshad Warsi: From an orphan at age 14 to becoming a self-made man

Apr 19, 2018, 10:00 IST
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    Arshad Warsi was born in Mumbai on 19th April, 1968. He was just 14 when he became an orphan, who was forced to support himself. He was schooled at Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik but dropped out after Std X. He was a national level gymnast during his school days. All pics/Arshad's official Instagram account

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    Arshad Warsi was forced to as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman due to financial struggles at age 17. He worked in a photo lab following that

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    Arshad Warsi developed a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join Akbar Sami's Dance group, which led to a career in dancing and choreographing, which he did for films like Thikana and Kaash

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    Arshad Warsi won an Indian dance competition in 1991 and was awarded the fourth prize at in the Modern Jazz category in the 1992 World Dance championship, London the following year at age 21

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    Arshad Warsi followed this up by opening his own dance studio titled Awesome and went on to form his own dance troupe

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    Arshad Warsi met his future wife Maria Goretti, who joined him during this time. She was a student of St Andrew's College and also became a VJ. They tied the knot on 14th February 1999 and have two children, a son Zeke Warsi, who was born on 10th August 2004 and a daughter Zene Zoe Warsi, born on 2 May 2007

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    Arshad Warsi forayed into Bollywood as an actor occurred when he took an opportunity to choreograph the title track for the film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993 and was offered a role in Tere Mere Sapne (1996) by Jaya Bachchan during this time. It was produced by Amitabh Bachchan's production company, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation

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    Arshad Warsi was also associated with English theatre group in Mumbai, choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar. Not many know that he made a small appearance as a dancer in a song in Aag Se Khelenge before his acting career

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    Following his Bollywood debut, Arshad Warsi starred in several films such as Betaabi (1997), Mere Do Anmol Ratan and Hero Hindustani (both 1998), Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999), Trishakti (1999), Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao (2001), Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002), Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003) among many other films

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    Arshad Warsi gained popularity in 2003 for his role as Circuit opposite Sanjay Dutt in Munnabhai MBBS, which was a critical and commercial success. He received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and credits the film for saving his career

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    Arshad Warsi starred in many films following that including Hulchul (2004), Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye (2005), Sehar (2005), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and Salaam Namaste in which Arshad's wife Maria and son Zeke appeared in a cameo

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    Arshad Warsi's collaboration with filmmaker Rohit Shetty for Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), was a successful one, which established himself as one of Bollywood's leading comic actors, though he considers himself a better serious actor. The highly successful film franchise went on to spawn three sequels including Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3 and Golmaal Again

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    Apart from his comic timing, Arshad Warsi earned a name for himself for his versatile performances. He played a computer hacker in the thriller Chocolate (2005), a cameraman kidnapped by the Taliban in Kabul Express (2006), a Pakistani footballer living in London in the sports drama Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007) and a person suffering from intermittent explosive disorder in Krazzy 4 (2008)

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    Arshad Warsi won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the black-comedy Ishqiya, which also starred Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan

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    Arshad Warsi's role as a gangster in the 2013 film Zilla Ghaziabad was appreciated by critics. He delivered his first solo hit, Jolly LLB the same year in which he essayed a lawyer

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    Arshad Warsi reprised the successful characters that made him famous in the films Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and Dedh Isqhiya (2014). The latter also saw Naseeruddin Shah returning and also starred Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi

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    Arshad Warsi first forayed into television with the dance show Razzmatazz in 2001 as co-host. He co-starred with Karisma Kapoor in Karishma -- The Miracles of Destiny in 2003 and also hosted a popular award show in 2004 titled Sabse Favourite Kaun

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    Arshad Warsi was the host of the first season of the controversial reality show Bigg Boss in 2006. The show went on to gain a life of its own. He won the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor—Game/Quiz Show for this

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    Arshad Warsi has been lauded for his acting skills by fellow actors Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Boman Irani. He is also an avid biker and was part of a bikers' gang in school. His upcoming projects include The Legend of Michael Mishra, Guddu Rangeela, Fraud Saiyyan and Bhaiyyaji Superhitt

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Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi turns 49 today. He started his showbiz career as a dancer and choreographer only to emerge into a successful performer known for his impeccable comic timing as well as serious roles. From being orphaned at 14, to struggling to make ends meet, discovering a love for dance and finding his groove as an actor, his life is the perfect example of an inspirational story. Let's take a deep dive into Arshad's life

 

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