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Arshad WarsiCircuit is just another character: Arshad Warsi
18th Dec 2006  14.00 IST
By Agencies  

Arshad Warsi is firmly ensconced in public psyche as Circuit, the bumbling acolyte of the don Munnabhai in Munnabhai MBBS and the recent Lage Raho Munnabhai .

No matter what role he essays, watching Warsi on screen invariably brings to mind the image of him as "comical-but good natured 'Circuit' whom the unprecedented success of 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' has made a household name.

His 'all encompassing' image of 'Circuit' notwithstanding, Warsi continues to try his hand at roles far removed from his 'comical' portrayals in 'Munnabhai MBBS', Salaam Namaste , Hulchul and 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'.

The portrayal of 'Circuit' in 'Munnabhai MBBS' and 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' may have given a new lease of life to his film career by bringing him back to the reckoning in the industry but for Warsi it is time to move on to playing different kind of roles.

''There is no doubt that the character of 'Circuit' will always hold a special place among all my roles. But at the end of it, it is just a character that I played in one movie. However, everybody loved it so much that it has stuck in people's head. However, I have to keep continually doing different films and play different characters,'' Warsi said.

After playing an intense role in Kabeer Kaushik's Sehar a few years ago, Warsi is again trying his hand at doing something different in Kabul Express , a film that has him in the role of a journalist who goes to Afghanistan to make a documentary on the Taliban.

On the eve of the film's release, Warsi said, '''Kabul Express' is different from what I have done till now.

The film is based on director Kabir Khan 's own experiences as a journalist in Afghanistan. In that sense, it is a realistic tale which captures the sweat and toil that war reporters have to put in to deliver breaking news from the war front.''

Asked whether the audience, having seen him in a series of comic portrayals in the past, would accept him in a different image, Warsi said,'' I feel whether or not an actor gets accepted depends on the work he does. So if I have done a good job and people like my work, I will be accepted no matter what character I am playing.''

The film has Warsi opposite John Abraham , who plays the main protagonist in the film whom he has accompanied to Afghanistan.

''Working with John has been a wonderful experience. He is really a pleasure to work with besides being a good actor, he is also a great human being. Infact, the feeling I get working with John is the feeling I get working with Sanju ( Sanjay Dutt ) - they are pretty much alike, in the sense John does his work, comes to the set, he has no hang ups, he has no problems.''

Shooting the film in the war-torn country, the first time an entire Indian film has been shot in Afghanistan, was a memorable experience for the actor.

(The picture shows Warsi as Circuit in 'Lage Raho Munnabhai').

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