Arshad plays most ‘despicable’ guy in ‘Short Cut’

May 4th, 2008 - 9:29 am ICT by admin  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, May 4 (IANS) Funny man Arshad Warsi is upbeat about his forthcoming film “Short Cut”, but says he plays one of the worst characters ever. “I’ve never played a more despicable character in my life. I never thought I’d play someone so low down. When I watched myself I thought … how could anyone be so cheap?” he told IANS from Goa, where he is shooting for “Gol Maal Returns”.

Arshad has attempted a new kind of acting in the film by Neera Vora. “See I play a bad actor. So when the camera is on I do some terrible acting. When my character is off-sets he’s a bad actor trying to behave like a normal decent guy, which he is not. I just hope audiences get the point and don’t accuse me of hamming.”

The actor has been travelling a lot lately. “I was in Bangkok for almost two months, came back to Mumbai for two days and left for Mauritius. Now I’m in Goa and then I go to London for a long schedule. I’m seriously thinking of getting NRI status.”

But Arshad had a great birthday April 19 - he was shooting for a song for “Short Cut” in the middle of the ocean in Mauritius.

“Normally I don’t like birthdays. They’re so embarrassing. But this one was special. My choreographer Bosco and 20 dancers got into a catamaran with 200 beer bottles and just sailed away … It was liberating,” he said.

His latest release, “Mr. White Mr. Black”, had some name problems. It was earlier entitled “Mr. Black Mr. White”.

“But then Subhash Ghai’s film ‘Black & White’ came along. To avoid confusion, the film’s title was flipped around,” the actor explained.

“It’s a nice clean comedy and that’s the only kind of comedy I can do.”

Arshad’s first production goes on floors July 10, but he is still searching for a heroine and a title.

“I am yet to get a proper title for it. Though tentatively we’ve called it ‘I Believe In Angels’. Everyone thinks English titles don’t work. So we’re searching for a title and a heroine. No one wants to work with me. I think I need to have a long talk with god…or maybe plastic surgery will help?” he remarked in a lighter vein.

Arshad regrets missing out on “Teen Patti” with Amitabh Bachchan.

“I’m dying to work with Mr. Bachchan. But I couldn’t possibly mess around with my dates in a film that stars him … Next time …”

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