January 15, 2014 11:49:49 AM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Dear Arshad Warsi
You've had a fantastic start to the New Year. MR. JOE B CARVALHO and then DEDH ISHQIYA. What more could an actor ask for? Two back-to-back films; both with good content, enabling you to display your acting skills.
For someone who is not from the industry (read no godfather, no producer father, actor or uncle), you have done extremely well. Agreed, there were times of struggle after TERE MERE SAPNE, but you never stopped dreaming. Your dream came true with a dream role in MUNNABHAI MBBS. It's almost a decade now since that Circuit-Breaking performance that propelled you to a league of your own.
The dictionary gives the scientific meaning of Circuit-Breaker as thus:A switch that automatically interrupts the flow of electric current if the current exceeds a preset limit, measured in amperes. Circuit-breakers are used most often as a safety precaution where excessive current through a circuit could be hazardous. Unlike fuses, they can usually be reset and reused.
You interrupted the excessive flow of nepotism in the Film Industry known as Bollywood. Even though it was not an intended action, it was initiated by the laws of nature, a corrective flow. Insiders and outsiders lauded your performance and you went from strength to strength, although there have been some really bad choices in between. Remember ZILLA GHAZIABAD?
But what actors like you do to the industry is give the talented ones who are knocking from door-to-door for a break (or build up on their break) a reason to struggle. You know how tough it has been for you to break through right from the time you started choreographing. I don't think anyone even gave you a second glance. But you persevered with a never-say-die attitude.
Your intensity can be seen in your performances. If Circuit was a landmark character Babban is 'cheeky cute'. Jagdish Tyagi (JOLLY LLB) sprung a surprise on us all. As for Carvalho, he had this funny bone to stand out even in insipid scenes.
Nothing comes easy, but there would have been that someone in your life who believed in you and helped you realize your dream. My only request to you is to pick out two talented actors who are struggling and deserve a break. Help them make it. It's no big deal, you have it in you to change someone's life.
With Maria Goretti's influence, I am sure you would have come across this line: ''Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into into your bosom. For with the measure you deal out, it will be measured back to you.''
Looking forward to more interesting stuff from you this year.
God Bless You Martin D'Souza (This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)