I watched Pardes (2007) this week and have not been able to find out who this man is pictured below. Kaun hai?
He plays the very wise friend to Shahrukh Khan’s character, Arjun. At first I thought that maybe the sage was played by Arshad Warsi, but he’s not in the credits. Do you notice how wise he is? While the others in this scene are dancing and playing with balloons, as is so typical of Hindustanis worldwide, he is still, taking in the bigger picture, and contemplating the inner workings of Arjun’s heart and soul. So please help me out and look beyond the Bollywood balloons and tell me what is the name of this wise, bearded man, playing with his mullet. And maybe as your own personal challenge during this week’s Diwali and Halloween celebrations, you can take the time between balloons, cakes, costumes, candy, parties, and lights, to stand still, play with your hair and try to figure out what Shahrukh Khan and his various characters are really thinking, I know I will.
Thanks Shweta and Tapan for bringing to light in their comments on this post that the actor in question is Pavan Malhotra. I now realize that I’ve seen him in several movies before, including Earth (1998), Black Friday (2004), Don – The Chase Begins Again (2006), Jab We Met (2007), Delhi 6 (2009) and most recently in Badmaash Company (2010), where once again he plays a sage (Uncle Jazz) doling out timeless good advice to those in need.
But what about when one makes very big mistakes?