A year back, Arshad Warsi had declared that he would be venturing into directing a film soon. The film's name was announced as Akkad and it was also being rumoured that Priyanka Chopra would be roped in as the leading lady, something that Arshad had promptly denied. However as things stand today, Arshad has indefinitely put his direction plans on hold and is unsure about when would he take the plunge.
"When Arshad had turned producer with Hum Tum Aur Ghost, he was mighty excited to move up in the ladder and also direct a film. He was actively working on the film's script and had told people in his inner circles that he would be adopting the style of Guy Ritchie after being influenced by films like Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and RocknRolla", informs a close associate.
He had then said, "I am going to shoot Akkad in way that Bollywood audience hasn't witnessed yet. My style would have a Guy Ritchie feel to it but the overall narrative would be far simpler. The audience should eventually understand what a film was all about. Yes, I know that there is a lot of difficulty involved in it but I am up for the challenge."
However it is clear that the challenge would have to wait for a while and here is a reason why. Post the success of Ishqiya and Golmaal 3, Arshad wants to concentrate entirely on acting with multiple assignments coming his way.
"I had said that I wanted to make a film; I never said it would be this year", chuckles Arshad when reminded of his resolve, "To become a director, you need to spend at least 1.5-2 years and drop everything else. I don't want to do that as the kind of scripts that are coming to me are amazing. I first want to work on them in the capacity of an actor."
This also means that there are no immediate plans for Arshad to kick-start another production soon after the dismal commercial response to Hum Tum Aur Ghost.
"It's all about time. You need to invest a lot of time when you are producing a film. I haven't dropped production plans but they are certainly on hold. At least till 2012 end I am concentrating entirely on acting. Production as well as direction can wait till then", he says.
Talk to you again Arshad in 2013.
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