Arshad Warsi refused Mira Nair’s film as he couldn’t audition


Mumbai, January 5: Actor Arshad Warsi says he refused to do a film with renowned director Mira Nair because he had to audition for it, something which he doesn’t know.

“I have never given an audition for a role in my career so far. I don’t know how to do it. If somebody asks me to give audition I get completely flustered. Like Mira Nair, I love her, she is a lovely person, she called me twice, and told me to give audition. I told her I can’t give it and that she can show some of my movies to the concerned person.

“She had first called me for ‘Shantaram’ and for one more film, it was a Bengali detective film. If a time ever comes that without giving an audition I cannot get the film, I will be jobless. I can act in a film but I cannot audition,” he said.

Arshad, who made his acting debut in 1996 with ‘Tere Mere Sapne’, says he has never asked for a role or movie from any filmmaker.

“I have never expressed my desire to work with anybody or never called up anybody or asked for a job. I am thankful to God that I have never reached that stage. May be some day if I need to do it, I will do it but not as of now. I also believe that if you fit the role, the director will call you,” he said.

“I only had one problem in the beginning of my career, for almost three years I was jobless but not after that. I might sound pompous but I practically refuse at least a film or two a day…I take up few which I like,” he added.

Arshad will be seen next in Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ alongside Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi. The film releases on January 10.