Had no film for eight months after `Munnabhai`: Arshad Warsi

Mumbai: Actor Arhad Warsi, best known for his role of `Circuit` in `Munnabhai series, says the film may have done wonders but he did not get any work for six months after that.

The Raj Kumar Hirani directed `Munnabhai MBBS` (2003) and `Lage Raho Munna Bhai` (2006) showed the comic adventures of Munna Bhai or Murli Prasad Sharma, played by Sanjay Dutt, and his sidekick - Circuit or Cirkeshwar - essayed by Arshad.

"When I did `Munnabhai`, for the first six to eight months I did not have any film to do. Nobody offered me a film. So I was wondering if people liked my work, why I don`t have a movie in hand. I asked Raju Hirani did I do a good job? He said, I was excellent. Then how come I did not have a film in hand," Arshad said.

"That time he (Hirani) said to me nobody knows how and where to put you in a film. The films that I have been praised for are serious ones, but I am known to be a comedy actor. When I did `Seher` and `Jolly LLB`, people liked me but they were of serious kind. But I got a label of being good at comedy. I am fine with it as long as I am working," he said.

However, Arshad insists that `Munnabhai` series and `Ishqiya` benefitted him in the sense that he earned respect as an actor.

"Films like `Ishqiya` brought respect to me but it has not taken me to another level, as an actor yes, but work no. I have been there only. It is not that I was getting something bigger to do, or the roles were fantastic, like getting solo films. So that all did not happen...It was like I am a good actor, that`s it," he said.