, Mumbai, India
Arshad Warsi is an Indian actor who debuted in 1996 with the film 'Tere Mere Sapne' which was a success but he is best known for his role as "Circuit" in the comedy films 'Munnabhai M.B.B.S.' (2003) and 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' (2006) and his role as Babban in 'Ishqiya' (2010) which won him acclaim.
Warsi was born in Mumbai, India and did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, Deolali in Nashik district, Maharashtra. He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Mumbai during his early days.
Arshad had a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join Akbar Sami's Dance group in Mumbai, which started his dancing and choreographing career. He also assisted Mahesh Bhatt in Thikana (1987) and Kaash (1987). Then in 1991, he won the Indian dance competition, followed by the fourth prize in the Modern Jazz category in 1992 World Dance championship, London, at the age of 21. Soon, he started his own dance studio, 'Awesome' with that money and he also formed a dance troupe. It was here, his future wife, Maria Goretti joined him, before she became a VJ. He was also associated with English theater group in Mumbai, choreographing shows for Bharat Dabholkar and got an opportunity to choreograph the title track for the film, 'Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja' (1993).
He got his first offer to act in Amitabh Bachchan's production company, ABCL's first production 'Tere Mere Sapne' in 1996. After its success, he acted in several other films over the next six years, but most of which failed to do well at the box office, till 2003, when he starred in the comedy film Munnabhai MBBS, which turned to be a huge box office success and gained him much critical acclaim. He has since appeared in several successful films such as Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005) Golmaal, Kabul Express, Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), the sequel to Munnabhai MBBS which also won him his first Filmfare Award under the category of Best Comedian. He also starred in hit films like Dhamaal (2007), Golmaal Returns (2008), Ishqiya (2010) and Golmaal 3 (2010). His 2011 releases include the comedies F.A.L.T.U and Double Dhamaal. His first film as producer, `Hum Tum Aur Ghost` was released in 2010. In 2013, he was seen in 'Zila Ghaziabad' and 'Jolly LLB'.
Warsi married Maria Goretti on 14 February 1999. They have a son named Zeke Warsi, born on 10 August 2004. Both Maria and Zeke made a special appearance in Salaam Namaste. On 2nd May 2007, the couple had a baby girl named Zene Zoe Warsi.