Published On: Fri, Jul 29th, 2016

Arshad Warsi receives threats of killing or burned alive



Comic man Arshad Warsi, who has constantly been absolutely clear of controversies, has in recent times got threats because of a dialogue in his imminent film, The Legend of Michael Mishra.

The reports revealed that the actor who is best known for his portrayal of Circuit in the comedy film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and its sequel, Lage Raho Munna Bhai 2006, has received death threats through phone calls, texts and letters informing him that his “body parts will be cut off” and he will be “burned alive” for saying “Daaku Valmiki se Sant Valmiki ban jayenge,”

The dialogue passes on to a well-known Hindu character in Sanskrit literature.

It has harmed the religious emotions of most of the Hindus and a FIR has been filed in opposition to the actor and also the creators of The Legend of Michael Mishra.


Arshad, who debuted in 1996 with Tere Mere Sapne which was a box office success, has given the answer to the controversy sharing that “Everyone knows the story of Valmiki, the writers researched their facts too. If I had thought that dialogue or anything else was offensive, I would not have done it. I’ve stayed away from X-rated content all through my career,”

The actor, who won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and is in addition recognized for his role as Babban in Ishqiya (2010) and its sequel Dedh Ishqiya (2014), and for his role in Jolly LLB (2013), disclosed that the previous time he was under threat for the reason that of a film was when he was shooting Kabul Express. The Taliban threatened to have his slain.

The Golmaal actor added that “Today, everyone is so careful because India is packed with religious sentiments and there are so many reference groups to raise objections to anything. But this film has been cleared by the Censor Board which wanted two scenes edited from the film. For a smooth release, we will send an apology note to the Samaj in Delhi since I love the Capital and would like to visit it again,”

He also thinks that controversies must not be employed to promote a movie and the story and also promos must be adequate for a movie’s victory.

The Legend of Michael Mishra is an upcoming Indian comedy film presented by Ponty Chadha’s Waves cinemas, produced by Kishor Arora and Shareen Mantri Kedia of Eyecandy Films, and directed and written by Manish Jha. It is scheduled to release on 5 August 2016


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.