By Faz Zia
Summer in London is a beautiful time, tourists all over the world come to London to endulge in city life and enjoy their holidays. We can see many bollywood actors on the streets of London, where they can freely walk around and catch up on quality time with their family and loved ones.
Last week I had a brief chat with another very fine and humble actor Sharman Joshi. How can anyone forget Raju Rastogi of 3 Idiots, although he made his acting career in the 1999 film ‘Godmother,’ he then made an entrance as a main character in the film ‘Style’ followed by another hit movie ‘Rang de Basanti.’
Mumbai is a magical city, a dreamland because of the film industry. Many come with their dreams and work hard to establish themself within the chaotic industry, some of them make their dreams in reality and some still carry on dreaming.
Sharman Joshi came from an artistic family, but family can not make a star. The path may become a little easier if you have family in the industry or some links but only hard work and luck works and that happens with Sharman Joshi his sheer hard work made him a star.
Here is our conversation with him.
Q: You are from an artistic family, have you always wanted to be an actor?
Joshi: Yes I always wanted to be one but I kept my options in mind, either a lawyer or be a business man that was a plan b. I work towards becoming an actor and I wanted to make sure that I knew the craft fully, I went to college, did theatre, plays and one year professional theatre. It was a clear in my thoughts that this should be my career and thankfully things worked out fairly well.
Q: Is theatre your first love?
Joshi: Yes, as an actor for sure I love theatre because of the live audience and their immediate reaction, it is very challenging and exciting because there is no retake.
Q: Do you think that the industry took you seriously after Rang de Basanti?
Joshi: Yes, possibly Rang de Basanti then Golmaal happened and 3 Idiots back to back so then people recognised my acting abilities.
Q: You won IIFA for Raju Rastogi (3 Idiots) as a supporting actor, were you expecting it?
Joshi: I don’t really take these awards seriously so I am happy to got an award and I gladly accepted, but in my mind it is not much value.
Q: Tell us about your new upcoming film Kaashi which is releasing on the 21st Sep.
Joshi: Kaashi is based in Banaras and is a psychological thriller. I found the script very exciting and the way it came out is great. We all are very happy and thrilled with it. Banaras being the backdrop of the film gives it so much character as people say this is oldest city alive and the kind of film Kaashi is it give that much more dept and substance playing a backdrop of a story. It all worked out very well and now I am looking forward to getting the audience reaction on the 21st of September.
Q: Tell us about your play on Broadway ‘The play that goes wrong’ because it is a very famous play in London and that has won best new comedy award in 2015 (Laurence Olivier). How do you expect the Indian audience to receive this play?
Joshi: I am very glad that I have rights of the play and now we will present this on the 20th and 21st of July and I see no reason why the play won’t be accepted. I hope things will come up good with the love of people because I have seen the play many times and all age groups should enjoy the play and I hope the audience in Mumbai will enjoy the play.
Q: What is in the pipeline for you?
Joshi: There is a movie coming up end of this year ‘Bablu bachelor’ it is a romantic comedy and one other film Charlie Chohan shoot will start in September in the UK.
We wish him all the best for his theatre play and upcoming films.