Arshad Warsi Says Movie Business Is Like Women, You Don’t Understand Them. Sir, Have You Even Tried?
Before our generation became enamoured with standup comedy as we know it, there was an era where the comedians were almost always middle-aged men. And their jokes, ghuma phira ke, would end up being about, as I like to call it, ‘The Nagging Wife’. Sounds like the name of some British pub, doesn’t it? Well, you can assume that it is, one where all men congregate to share in the humour that is essentially bashing their wives or all womankind in the guise of humour. One of the most popular concepts in this, shall we say theme, is the idea that women are these capricious, complicated beings who don’t know their own minds, and are super difficult to understand. And if you thought we were past all this dismissing women wala jokes, then this interview by Arshad Warsi might jolt you back to reality.
The Jolly LLB and Munnabhai MBBS actor is currently promoting Durgamati, the horror-thriller starring Bhumi Pednekar, Mahie Gill, Jisshu Sengupta and Karan Kapadia. In the film, he plays the role of a politician under investigations after he is suspected of being corrupt.
During one such promotional interview with Quint, he was asked what his understanding was of the number game at the Box Office. To which Arshad Warsi replied that his undeveloped brain couldn’t understand it. Which, okay, we get it. But then, he made the unwarranted effort to explain exactly why his brain couldn’t understand it by comparing the movie business with women. You know, since both are so ‘difficult’ to understand.
“It’s a scam. See, numbers is something that’s a whole different ballgame. I am terrible with business. There are films I just can’t stand that do well and there are films that I just love that don’t see the light of day. So, it’s hard for me to understand. I think… movie business is like women; you don’t understand them. It’s very difficult to figure out a woman like it’s very difficult to figure out the movie business. I don’t know how it functions. How does it work? There’s so much chaos in this—it’s all over the place, but yet it works. I hear people talk around me all the time, but my undeveloped brain doesn’t understand it because it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
*Sighs loudly* *Shakes head* *Facepalms* *Channels Durgamati’s glare*
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Can we please, for the love of God’s green earth, be done with these ridiculous “Aurat ko koi nahi samajh paaya hai” brand of humour? Is it too much to ask?
I’ve been hearing this all my short-spanned life, and I never really quite understood why men said it. So then, should I keep harping on about how men and their sense of humour is difficult to understand? I mean, I want to ask all the men, including Warsi. Sir, have you even genuinely tried to understand women?
Like, what is so hard? When we try to tell you something, You don’t listen to us. Because aren’t there jokes about how men think women talk only on two modes—superficial crap or sad nagging—so they tune us out? Then there’s also this other thing where “Ladki ki naa mein bhi haan hoti hai!” which again implies that men just don’t want to listen to us. Toh bhaiyya jab sunoge nahi toh how will you understand us? You don’t want to talk after sex. You don’t want to talk about feelings or cry with us because it hurts your machismo.
Even the complaints about nagging. We women tell you something, and you forget. We tell you not to do something. You want to do exactly that. All the time. So OBVIOUSLY we don’t trust you and have to constantly nag you for it. That’s how work gets done, bruh.
And most importantly, women are human. We’re not some alien species. Toh jitna time you would spend trying to decode a football gameplay or unpack Christopher Nolan’s genius in Tenet, if you spent only 1% of that listening, really listening to women are fellow human beings, you would understand us. So Arshad Warsi, I request you to simply listen to the women who you find difficult to understand. Or, I dunno, study psychology, that still isn’t an exact science, but offers plenty of help about understanding human behaviour.
I think Arshad Warsi is a massively underrated actor. And I love his work, his brand of comedy, and I wish he danced more on screen. But, I mean, come on! You’re promoting a movie about the power of a woman and how she can bring an entire corrupt system down. It’s dripping in women empowerment. At least have the common sense to not make sexist jokes when promoting that film!
PS: All the above things that I mentioned men do… did they seem like I was stereotyping men? Did you like it? Did you want to come at me with slogans of #NotAllMen? Excellent, so now you know how we women feel all the time, judged for being ‘difficult to understand’.