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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Arshad Warsi (famous as Munnabhai MBBS's Circuit) got back from Goa last week, and fell prey to a bad bout of food poisoning.

But instead of being hospitalised, Arshad says he had to complete his shoot commitments...

What happened?

The actor was on heavy medication when we caught up with him. Says Arshad, "I came back from Goa last Thursday and attended one of Zeke's (his son) friend's birthday parties.

The next thing I knew, I was down with a severe attack of food poisoning and stomach cramps. I must have eaten something somewhere. I got really sick and my doctor had to come over."

Why wasn't he hospitalised? "I haven't got the chance for a break as I have been shooting continuously. Commitment hai, kya karein? The doctor wanted me to be admitted to hospital for a few days, as it seemed really bad, but I had my commitments.

From Goa, I headed straight for a song recording of Munnabhai Second Innings, and then, that night, for the shoot of Rohit Shetty's Golmal. If I hadn't gone, the song recording and the shooting would have been held up. I am still on heavy medication. For two days, it was quite tough.

This is where my acting talent comes in - you see me behaving normally, with a big smile on my face, but in reality, my head is in a whirl and my stomach is hurting badly."

After shooting was over, the Golmal cast and crew had a small party at the producer's bungalow, in Madh Island. Did Arshad attend? "I went for the party as a formality, and was there only 10 minutes," he says.

Yesterday, Arshad and wife Maria also co-hosted Star Gold's Sabse Favourite Kaun show. "Yes, it's the last show, with a live event at the Hyatt. I am wearing a jeans, coat and a Zara shirt," says the actor. It's heard that he's been editing along with director Raj Kaushal, for Anthony Kaun Hai. "What rubbish! Where do I have the time to sit and edit?" he drawls.

"They asked me to come and watch the rushes, and that's what I did. It's shaped up fantastically, as has Golmal. Initially, I was hesitant about what an action director would do with a comedy, but Rohit's done a super job.

There's even an ace up my sleeve in the film. I am excited about all my releases -Anthony Kaun Hai, Kabul Express, Munnabhai Second Innings and Golmal."

First song

Arshad is excited and nervous about the song, Samjho Ho Gaya, which he has sung with Sanjay Dutt for Munnabhai Second Innings. "Yes, Sanju and I have sung it ourselves.

It's a proper song, with music by Shantanu Moitra. I can't even sing Happy Birthday, but the director (Rajkumar Hirani) kept encouraging me. Finally, Shantanu also said, 'Come on Arshad, you can do it.' I was very nervous, but they said it was only dialogues.

But it was also singing, and though initially, I thought I couldn't do it, I managed. It's a scene where Sanju is in love, and the song, picturised on the streets, is about imagining being in love."

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