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Pallavi Joshi

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Pallavi Joshi
Joshi in 2012
Born4 April 1969 (1969-04-04) (age 55)
  • Actress
  • Writer
  • Film producer
  • Host
(m. 1997)

Pallavi Joshi (born 4 April 1969) is an Indian actress, writer, and film producer who works primarily in Hindi films and television. In a career spanning across films and television, Joshi is the recipient of such accolades as three National Film Awards, and a nomination for the Filmfare Awards.

Born in Mumbai to Marathi parents who were stage actors,[citation needed] Joshi made her acting debut at age four with a minor role in the Hindi film Naag Mere Sathi (1973). Following numerous film appearances as a child artist, Joshi garnered recognition and acclaim when she ventured into the parallel cinema movement, with roles in critically acclaimed films like; Bhujangayyana Dashavathara (1988), Rihaee (1988), Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991), and Woh Chokri (1992), for which she won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film). Joshi also appeared in several commercial films, including Insaaf Ki Awaaz (1986), Andha Yudh (1987), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, Mujrim (1989), Saudagar (1991), Panaah (1992).

Joshi's career further expanded with her venture into television, garnering praise and popularity for revered Doordarshan shows as; Talaash (1992), Aarohan (1996–1997), Alpviram (1998), Justujoo (2002–2004). In recent years, Joshi has mainly collaborated with her husband, director Vivek Agnihotri, most notably for the films; The Tashkent Files (2019), and The Kashmir Files (2022), both of which she co-produced and won her two National Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress.


Films, critical acclaim and accolades[edit]

Joshi started performing on stage at an early age. She acted in films like Badla (1976) and Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977) as a child artist. She played a blind child who reforms a notorious gangster in Dada (1979). In the 1980s and early 1990s she acted in art films like Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991), Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992), Trishagni (1988), Vanchit, Bhujangayyana Dashavathara (1991) and Rihaee (1988). She also played supporting character roles as a sister or the heroine's friend in commercial big budget films including Saudagar, Panaah, Tehelka and Mujrim. Her performance as a disabled girl in Andha Yudh (1988) earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film) for Woh Chokri (1992).[1][2] She also appeared as Kasturba Gandhi in Shyam Benegal's The Making of the Mahatma, (1995). She acted with Madhavan in a thriller titled Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum, which was stopped abruptly.

Joshi has also worked in regional films, She has played the central character ‘Shantha’ in the critically acclaimed Malayalam movie Ilayum Mullum (1994), directed by K. P. Sasi and a pivotal role in the Kannada film Bhujangayyana Dashavathara (1991) enacted and directed by Lokesh. She has also played a lead role in Rita, a Marathi film directed by Renuka Shahane.

Joshi at the 67th National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi on 25 October 2021

She is also the recipient of the Excellence In Cinema Award at the 7th Global Film Festival, Noida. She co-produced and starred in her husband, director Vivek Agnihotri's directorials, The Tashkent Files (2019) and The Kashmir Files (2022), winning two National Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in the films. Joshi was nominated as a member of Film and Television Institute of India society, but she refused to take up the position in view of the students' protest against appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the chief of the institute's governing council.[3]

Television, hosting and other work[edit]

Joshi's most significant hosting stint was co-anchor for popular music show Zee Antakshari for 5 years. Joshi also hosted a televised singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L'il Champs on Zee Marathi.[4] She also acted in some episodes of Rishtey, aired on Zee TV during 1999 and 2001. Her TV appearances include Mr. Yogi, Bharat Ek Khoj, Justujoo, Alpviram, Mriganayani, Talash and Imtihaan and her most famous Doordarshan serial has been Aarohan, a youth serial based on the navy. Justujoo was a weekly serial on Zee TV in 2002, which also starred Harsh Chhaya and Arpita Pandey.[5][6][7][8][9] Joshi is also a producer of Marathi serials and has produced serials including Asambhav and Anubandh on Zee Marathi.

Personal life[edit]

Joshi was born on 4 April 1969.[10] She married Indian film maker Vivek Agnihotri in 1997 and has two children.[11] She is the sister of child actor Master Alankar (Joshi).[citation needed]


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Role Notes
1973 Naag Mere Sathi Hindi Child artist
1976 Badla Marathi Pallavi
Khamma Mara Veera Gujarati Asha
Rakshabandhan Hindi
1977 Aadmi Sadak Ka Hindi Pinky
Daku Aur Mahatma Hindi Vandana
Maa Dikri Gujarati
Dream Girl Hindi Pallavi
1978 Ankh Ka Tara Hindi Makhan
Chor Ki Dadhi Main Tinka Hindi
Dost Asaava Tar Asa Marathi Pinky
Chhota Baap Hindi
Madi Na Jaaya Gujarati
1979 Dada Hindi Munni
Parakh Gujarati
1980 Allakh Na Otle Gujarati
Mohabbat Hindi
1981 Khoon Ki Takkar Hindi
1984 Hum Bachhey Hindustan Ke Hindi
1985 Dikri Chhali Sasariye Gujarati
Vanchit Gujarati
1986 Amrit Hindi Sunita Saxena
Kab Tak Pukaroon Hindi
Insaaf Ki Awaaz Hindi Jyoti Azaad
Ek Kahaani Hindi
1987 Susman Hindi Chinna
Theertham Malayalam Sreedevi
Buniyaad Hindi Ranno
1988 Andha Yudh Hindi Saroj
Agent 777 Hindi
Subah Hone Tak Hindi
Rihaee Hindi Special appearance
Zanjeeren Hindi
Trishagni Hindi Iti
1989 Guru Dakshina Hindi
Beauty Queen Hindi
Daata Hindi Shanti
Mujrim Hindi Sunanda Bose
1990 Vanchit Hindi
Kroadh Hindi Salma A. Khan
1991 Bhujangayyana Dashavathara Kannada
Jhoothi Shaan Hindi Kaveri
Rukmavati Ki Haveli Hindi Padma
Saudagar Hindi Amla
1992 Mangni Hindi
Priya Bengali
Panaah Hindi Mamta
Tahalka Hindi Julie
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Hindi Lily
1993 Meri Pyari Nimmo Hindi
1994 Ilayum Mullum Malayalam Santha
Insaniyat Hindi Munni
Woh Chokri Hindi Afsara / Dulari / Tunni National Film Award - Special Jury Award
1996 The Making of the Mahatma Hindi Kasturba Gandhi
1999 Chocolate Hindi TV film
2009 Rita Marathi Rita
2013 Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta Marathi
2016 Buddha in a Traffic Jam Hindi Sheetal Batki
2019 The Tashkent Files Hindi Aiysha Ali Shah National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2022 The Kashmir Files Hindi Professor Radhika Menon National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2023 The Vaccine War Hindi Dr. Priya Abraham
Year Film Language Role Notes
1986 Katha Sagar Hindi
1988-1989 Bharat Ek Khoj Hindi Ratna/Kannaki/Seeta/Mallika/Shakuntala/Atri
1989 Mr. Yogi Marathi Bride
1991 Mrignayanee Hindi
1992 Talaash Hindi Junglee
1993 Jeevan Mrityu Title of Zee Horror Show Hindi
1993-1994 Adalat Hindi
1996 Imtihaan Hindi
1996-1997 Aarohan Hindi Cadet Nikita Sachdev
1996 Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum Hindi
1998 Alpviram Marathi Amrita
2002 Justujoo Hindi Leela Sharma
2004 Kkehna Hai Kuch Mujhko Hindi Reva Kapoor
2015-16 Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai Hindi Devika Gaikwad "Aai", Kalyani and Ketaki's mother
2017 Peshwa Bajirao Marathi Tarabai
2018 Grahan Marathi Rama Podar/Vasudha Nevrekar/Chandni Sharanpani
2023 The Kashmir Files: Unreported Hindi


Year Award Category Fiim Result Ref.
1989 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Andha Yudh Nominated [12]
1994 National Film Awards Special Jury Award (Feature Film) Woh Chokri Won [13]
2021 Best Supporting Actress The Tashkent Files Won [14][15]
2023 The Kashmir Files Won [16]


  1. ^ "41st National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ "41st National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. ^ "FTII row: Pallavi Joshi quits in solidarity with students". The Hindu. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Language, no bar for Pallavi Joshi". The Times of India. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Never say die". The Tribune. Retrieved 9 June 2002.
  6. ^ "Woman on the prowl". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2002.
  7. ^ "Man uninterrupted". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Let the 'lande' of Maharashtra know army of Shivaji Maharaj is ready: BJP MLA". mid-day.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Mumbai reports 1,011 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths; active tally at 5,852". Mid-day.com. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  10. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri Terms Wife Pallavi Joshi 'Most Successful Female Producer' On Her Birthday". News18. 6 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  11. ^ "'Didn't Like Him Very Much on First Meet': Pallavi Joshi on Husband Vivek Agnihotri". News18. 17 March 2022. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Filmfare Awards - Bollywood and Regional Film Awards". filmfare.com. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  13. ^ "41st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Pallavi Joshi on National Film Award Win for Tashkent Files: This will Definitely Shut Critics Up". News18. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  15. ^ "National Film Awards 2020: Full winners' list". The Indian Express. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  16. ^ "69th National Film Awards 2023 complete winners list: Rocketry, Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon, Allu Arjun win big". The Indian Express. 24 August 2023. Retrieved 24 August 2023.

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