Arshad Warsi has turned into an incorrigible gambler. And it's all because of Big B. "I 'm doing a film with him called Teen Patti with my career's first female director, Leena Yadav. And there I learnt to play cards because I play a gambler. But it was neither a female director nor the cards that lured me into Teen Patti. Of course, I love the idea of working with Leena . She's so talented and so sure of herself." But Leena's lure will have to wait. "The main reason I grabbed Teen Patti is Mr Bachchan. I so badly wanted to work with him. Believe it or not, the only film I've done so far with him is the unreleased Zamaanat which was the second film I had signed in my career. Since then, Mr Bachchan has evolved so much. Man, what a rock star! To share screen space with him would be just the challenge I would welcome at this point in my career."
And that challenge is around the corner. Also, the challenge of working with a female director. Chuckles Arshad, "Forget working with a female director, I hardly get to do films with females. I think the first fully romantic film I'll do would be a remake of Brokeback Mountain. At least I'm not being taken for granted any more. Producers now listen to me. I'm dying to direct a film."
Story first published: Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 10:19 [IST]