Arshad grabs 'Teen Patti' because of Amitabh

Feb 18, 2008 Subhash K Jha

Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) After proving his mettle in "Sunday", Arshad Warsi is playing an incorrigible gambler in director Leena Yadav's "Teen Patti". And it's all because of the Big B, Amitabh Bachchan.

"I'm doing a film with him (Amitabh) called 'Teen Patti'. It is my career's first movie with a female director, Leena Yadav. There I learnt to play cards because I play a gambler. But it was neither a female director nor the cards that lured me to 'Teen Patti', though I love the idea of working with Leena. She is so talented and so sure of herself," Arshad told IANS.

So what lured Arshad to "Teen Patti"?

"The main reason why I grabbed 'Teen Patti' is Mr. Bachchan. I 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 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 the challenge I would welcome at this point in my career."

And that challenge is round the corner and also the daunting task of working with a female director.

Chuckles Arshad: "Forget working with a female director, I hardly get to do movies with women. I think the first fully romantic film that I'll do is 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."

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