Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi still3.jpg
Born (1979-04-28) 28 April 1979 (age 40)
OccupationFilm actor, television presenter
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Prerana Chopra[1]
RelativesRohit Roy (Brother-in-law)
Prem Chopra (Father-in-law)

Sharman Joshi (born 28 April 1979) is an Indian film and theatre actor. He has worked on and directed stage productions in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati languages, but is mostly known for his work in Hindi films. He made his acting debut in Godmother (1999). He made his debut as a co-lead actor in the Bollywood (Hindi) film Style (2001); this was followed by supporting roles in hit films such as Rang De Basanti (2006), Golmaal (2006), Life in a... Metro (2007), Dhol (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012), Hate Story 3 (2015) and Mission Mangal (2019).[2][3] He is playing a lead role in the Bollywood movies Kaashi in Search of Ganga and 3 Storeys.[4] He is best known for his role as Raju Rastogi in the movie 3 Idiots.

Personal life[edit]

Joshi belongs to a Gujarati family of actors and performing artists.[5] His father, Arvind Joshi, is a veteran of Gujarati theatre,[2] while his aunt Sarita Joshi (Bhosle) and cousins acted in Marathi and Gujarati theatre. His sister is actress Manasi Joshi Roy and brother-in-law is actor Rohit Roy.[6]

Joshi is married to Prerana Chopra, daughter of actor Prem Chopra. The couple have a daughter, Khyana, born in October 2005, and twin boys, Vaaryan and Vihaan, born in July 2009.[7]



Sharman Joshi has directed and starred in various theatre performances. He appeared as a deaf character in Gujarati version of popular play All the Best, which did over 550 shows in three years.[2][8][9]


He made his film debut in the 1999 art film, Godmother.[10] This was followed by Style (2001), produced by N Chandra. Style was followed by its sequel Xcuse Me (2003) and other comedies such as Shaadi No. 1 (2005). In 2006, he starred in Rang De Basanti.[11][12] Later that year he starred in the comedy film Golmaal. In 2007 he appeared in Life in a... Metro, Dhol, and Raqeeb. The following year saw him as the character Shyam in Hello, the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel One Night @ the Call Center. Joshi played the male lead in Sorry Bhai! in 2008 and one of the three characters (Raju Rastogi) in the 2009 film 3 Idiots, which was based on Chetan Bhagat's novel Five Point Someone. He also played the role of a cop in the erotic-thriller Wajah Tum Ho.


In 2009, he hosted a game show at Real T.V. called PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Chehra Jhootha, which was based on a British game show called PokerFace. He has been honored with the life membership of International Film and Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television. Sharman refers to be type-cast during his career and spoke about it at the TEDxYouth@OIS TEDx conference in Mumbai in January, 2017.[13][14]

He has completed his education at the Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, India.


Year Title Role Other notes
1999 Godmother Karsan
2001 Lajja Prakash
Style Bantu
Urf Professor (Video) Raju/Raj Saxena
2003 Kahan Ho Tum Rakesh Kumar
Xcuse Me Bantu
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Aryan Kapoor
2006 Rang De Basanti Sukhi / Rajguru
Golmaal Laxman Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2007 Life in a... Metro Rahul
Raqeeb Siddharth Verma
Dhol Pankaj a.k.a. Pakkiya
2008 Hello Shyam (Sam)
Sorry Bhai! Siddharth Mathur
2009 3 Idiots Raju Rastogi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Won—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Toh Baat Pakki! Rahul Saxena
Allah Ke Banday Vijay Kamble
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Rusy
3 Bachelors Amit
2013 War Chod Na Yaar Captain Raj of Indian Army
2014 Gang of Ghosts Raju Writer
Super Nani Mann
2015 Hate Story 3 Aditya Deewan
2016 1920 London Jai Singh Gujjar (exorcist)
Wajah Tum Ho ACP Kabir Deshmukh
2018 3 Storeys Shankar Varma [15]
Kaashi in Search of Ganga Kaashi [16][17]
2019 Babloo Bachelor
The Least of These Manav Banerjee [3]
Mission Mangal Parmeshwar Naidu
2020 Tom, Dick and Harry 2 Dick
2020 Fauji Calling
2020 Mumbai Saga Inspector Veerendra Yadav

Playback singer[edit]

Year Film Song
2009 3 Idiots (Performer: "Give me some sunshine, give me some rain")


Year Show Notes
1995 Standing Boy: Maharaja Ranjit Singh
1999 Gubbare
2009 PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Chehra Jhootha
2019 Baarish Web series on ALT Balaji

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Function Award Film Result
2007 Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Golmaal Nominated
2010 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor 3 Idiots Nominated
2010 IIFA Award IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Won


  1. ^ "Sharman Joshi Biography". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "A Star on Wheels". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 25. 23 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "I find Lucknow very fancy: Sharman Joshi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ "In Kashi, to play Kashi, Sharman says loving it to bits". Hindustan Times. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ "I give a lot of credit to my Gujarati roots, says Sharman Joshi". India Today Aaj Tak. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ "All in the family". India Today. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  7. ^ Soumyadipta Banerjee (18 December 2009). "It's all in Sharman Joshi's family". DNA. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  8. ^ IANS (14 December 2017). "Theatre is ruthless: Sharman Joshi". Business Standard India. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Sharman Joshi brings an award-winning play to India". Hindustan Times. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Sharman Joshi's profile". Archived from the original on 22 April 2008.
  11. ^ "Sharman Joshi: Delhi winter has a romanticism to it - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Aamir, Siddharth, Sharman: Rang De Basanti reunion after 10 years". The Indian Express. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  13. ^ TEDx Talks (14 February 2017), Breaking a typecast in performing art, retrieved 7 August 2017
  14. ^ "TEDxYouth@OIS". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Sharman Joshi to anchor 2 debutants in '3 Storeys'". The Daily Star. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Sharman Say to loving it in play kashi". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  17. ^ Kumar, Dhiraj, Kaashi in Search of Ganga, Sharman Joshi, retrieved 8 April 2018

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