Pallavi Joshi

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Pallavi Joshi
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Joshi in 2012
Born4 April 1969 (1969-04-04) (age 53)
  • 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 two 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), Mujrim (1989), Saudagar (1991), Panaah (1992). For the first of these, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Joshi's career further expanded with her venture into television, garnering praise and popular acclaim for such revered Doordarshan shows as; Talaash (1992), Aarohan (1996-1997), Alpviram (1998), Justujoo (2002-2004). In recent years, Joshi has mainly collaborated with her controversial 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 for the former won the National Film Award 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 and Aadmi Sadak Ka 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, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, Trishagni (1988), Vanchit, Bhujangayyana Dashavathara (1991) and Rihaee. 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. She was nominated for 'Best Supporting Actress' at the Filmfare Awards for her role as a disabled girl in Andha Yudh (1988). She had won a Special Jury Award at the 41st National Film Awards 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 has won a Best Supporting Actress at the 67th National Film Awards for her performance in The Tashkent Files (2019).[3] In 2022, she appeared in Vivek Agnihotri directorial The Kashmir Files in which she played the character of Professor Radhika Menon. 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.[4]

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. [5] 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.[6][7][8][9][10] 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.[11] She married Indian film maker Vivek Agnihotri in 1997 and has two children.[12] She is the sister of child actor Master Alankar (Joshi).[citation needed]



  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. ^ "Pallavi Joshi on National Film Award Win for Tashkent Files: This will Definitely Shut Critics Up". News18. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  4. ^ "FTII row: Pallavi Joshi quits in solidarity with students". The Hindu. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Language, no bar for Pallavi Joshi". The Times of India. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Never say die". The Tribune. Retrieved 9 June 2002.
  7. ^ "Woman on the prowl". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2002.
  8. ^ "Man uninterrupted". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  9. ^ Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Mumbai reports 1,011 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths; active tally at 5,852". Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri Terms Wife Pallavi Joshi 'Most Successful Female Producer' On Her Birthday". News18. 6 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  12. ^ "'Didn't Like Him Very Much on First Meet': Pallavi Joshi on Husband Vivek Agnihotri". News18. 17 March 2022. Retrieved 24 March 2022.

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