Big Roles, Little Acclaim – The Curious Case of Birthday Boy Sharman Joshi


Sharman Joshi Main coverThe Curious Case of Sharman Joshi. That may well be the title of an autobiography, or biopic of talented actor Sharman Joshi. The handsome star has played a part in several big films throughout his career, but strangely never really got his dues…

Why else would an actor, who’s starred in one of the biggest hits of all time, still be seen in average films, doing bit roles almost? Sharman has had hits like 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Life in a.. Metro in his kitty.

Sharman was born to a middle class Gujarati family in 1979. His family has a pedigree in the acting and performing arts. His father, Arvind Joshi is a certified veteran in Gujarati theatre, while his aunt Sarita Joshi is the famed theatre and a television artist. His sister is Mansi Joshi, the television star, who is married to actor Ronit Roy.

With such an illustrious background, it was obvious that Sharman would turn to acting. Sharman naturally took to the stage, and appeared in many plays in his college days. Then came the uber popular play, All The Best, which has had a successful stint of 550 shows over the years!

His first film was the 2001 debacle, Style. What was meant to be a youth centric film turned out to be quite the dud, but it got Sharman noticed nevertheless. Sharman then went on to star in films like Lajja, Xcuse Me, Shaadi No. 1 and Golmaal.

But perhaps his career shaping, breakthrough role came in 2006, when he was cast alongside stalwarts like Aamir Khan, Waheeda Rahman and others, in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti. Post which, the offers came pouring in.

Sharman has starred in the ensemble film Life In A.. Metro, which again won him many accolades. Then, in 2009, Sharman got the role of his life, when he was cast as one of the idiots, in 3 Idiots. The film went on to become a mammoth box office hit.

Sharman’s career, sadly, did not really take off with his super hit films. His last big hit was Ferrari Ki Sawari, in 2012. Since then, he’s been seen in films like War Chod Na Yaar and Gang of Ghosts, not really the money-spinners.

Here’s hoping Sharman bounces back and achieves his former glory, for he certainly is one talented actor. Happy birthday Sharman!