Dear Arshad Warsi, the Bachchans owe you nothing-Entertainment News, Firstpost

Everyone has their own burdens to bear. Why should you expect someone else to wear yours?

Dear Arsad,

I’ve always loved your work: who doesn’t! But you’ve also been a bit of a scout throughout your career. I remember years ago you talked about the Golmaal frankness saying it didn’t help you as an actor. It only helped director Rohit Shetty. When your statements were released, all hell broke loose.

So what did you do? Instead of taking responsibility, you quickly accused me of misquoting you. But I didn’t hold it against you. Everyone does it when the going gets tough. Even the great Gulzar Saab spoke about his not so pleasant experience working with Kamal Haasan in Chachi 420. When Kamal Haasan challenged him, Gulzar Saab said something like “You know how journalists are”.

I never held it against Gulzar Saab and my respect for him remains intact. The same goes for you, although with you the disclaimers are way too many to ignore the main show. Once, when your marriage was in trouble, you purposely called to talk about it. I pointedly asked you if you wanted the conversation made public, and you said yes because you thought it would help your wife see where she was wrong.

Shortly after, you were there again. Tell the world that I betrayed your trust. An eye-rolling emoji wouldn’t be out of place here.

Now these are the Bachchans you talked about at an event for a movie, ironically titled Bachchan Pandey (or maybe that was the whole idea?): “I started my career at ABCL (the former Amitabh Bachchan Corporation), (director) Joy Augustine, they brought me into the profession . But then they left me, abandoned me. So I don’t know what to call them. Godfather or what, I don’t know.”

It’s a very teenybopper way of looking at life’s opportunities. This logic you don’t love me anymore is as obsolete as that of Charles Dickens Great Expectations. No one owes us anything, Arshad. The fact that the ABCL threw you out with a bang – and I remember how Jaya Bachchan endorsed and supported you – should be reason enough for you to be eternally grateful.

What is this story of rejection and abandonment? The Bachchans were supposed to keep spoon-feeding you? Sorry, even parents don’t do that. Shortly after the ABCL launched you into Tere Mere Sapne the company went bankrupt and plunged the Bachchans into a financial crisis.

Your ordeal on the ABCL reminded me of a very dear filmmaker friend who was constantly harassed by a music composer who my filmmaker friend gave a big break. Subsequently, the composer could not advance his career.

But is it the filmmaker’s fault? Is he obliged to continue working with the composer? I do not think so. We all have to take charge of our own lives, including the failure of success. And the sooner we know, the better.

Everyone has their own burdens to bear. Why should you expect someone else to wear yours?

Subhash K Jha is a Patna-based film critic who has written about Bollywood long enough to know the industry inside out. He tweets at @SubhashK_Jha.

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