Arshad Warsi: Dedh Ishqiya's Babban believes in lust, not love

Arshad-warsi-babban"But the audience wouldn't like Babban to change. He believes that lust is the one thing that can sustain a relationship because love can wear off over time. If Babban grows up and becomes wise, his character won’t be so entertaining."

As soon as the team breaks between the photo shoot, a mug of coffee and a hand mirror are promptly placed in front of Arshad Warsi.

His first reaction, however, is to pull out an e-cigarette and raise it to his lips, slowly exhaling a stream of smoke. A few weeks ago, on a social networking website, the actor admitted to have given up smoking cigarettes upon his son's insistence — it looks like Arshad Warsi has kept the promise. "I don't like the idea of being a slave to something. I was becoming dependent on the nicotine rush and realised I needed to kick the butt. I am glad I found the will power in me," explains the actor.

Arshad Warsi's will power has also served him in his career. A rank outsider, the actor has managed to sustain himself in the cut-throat industry for 17 years in spite of several ups and downs. A choreographer, he was cast in the leading role for his debut feature, 'Tere Mere Sapne' (1996), through a talent hunt. An aberration in those days, extensive auditioning to find new faces has come to be commonplace today.

"It's been tough; there were times when I didn't have any good work. I didn't have a PR pushing my name into media. Still don't. And I don't believe in attending events to be seen in the company of big names," says the actor.

Yet, the journey, the 45-year-old says, has been a fruitful one. At a time when the industry is undergoing changes, where script and character-driven films with fresh faces are threatening to tip over the star system, Arshad Warsi has managed to get his foot in the door to the 'content-conscious club'. A case in point is his recent box-office hit, 'Jolly LLB', and, of course, Abhishek Chaubey's 'Ishqiya' franchise, the latest installment of which releases on January 10.

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