Why did Arshad Warsi refuse Mira Nair’s film?

Nair approached the Dedh Ishqiya actor for two films

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,” said Arshad.

“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.

The Dedh Ishqiya actor, 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.