Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi still3.jpg
Born (1979-04-28) 28 April 1979 (age 43)
  • Actor
  • television presenter
Years active1999–present
Prerana Chopra
(m. 2000)

Sharman Joshi (born 28 April 1979) is an Indian actor and television presenter who predominantly works in Hindi Movies , he is one the most respected theatre actors of India, known for his roles in films like Rang De Basanti (2006), Golmaal (2006), Dhol (2007) and 3 Idiots (2009).

Early life[edit]

Joshi belongs to a Gujarati Brahmin family[1] of actors and performing artists.[2] His father, Arvind Joshi, was a veteran of Gujarati theatre,[3] 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.[4]


Sharman Joshi did his Bachelors and later shifted permanently to Bangalore, India to pursue a career in filmmaking.

Personal life[edit]

Joshi married Prerana Chopra, daughter of actor Prem Chopra on 15 June 2000 at the early age of 21.[5] The couple have a daughter, Khyana, born in October 2005, and twin boys, Vaaryan and Vihaan, born in July 2009.[6]



Joshi has acted, produced and directed stage plays in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati languages. He 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.[7][8] Another one of his popular comedy play was "Ame Layi Gaya, Tame Rahi Gaya" where he played four different roles.[9] In 2016, he made his directorial debut with the Hindi rom-com, Main Aur Tum. It features him in the lead role along with Tejashree Pradhan.[10]


He made his film debut in the 1999 art film, Godmother.[11] 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.[12][13] 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.[3][14] He has played a lead role in the Bollywood movies Kaashi in Search of Ganga (2018) and 3 Storeys.[15] He is best known for his role as Raju Rastogi in the movie 3 Idiots. He made his digital debut with Balaji Telefilms's production Baarish in 2019 as the male lead opposite to Asha Negi.


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 a TEDx conference in Mumbai in January, 2017.[16][17]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Godmother Karsan
2001 Lajja Prakash
Style Nehal (Bantu)/Rosa Mary Marlow
2003 Kahan Ho Tum Rakesh Kumar
Xcuse Me Nehal (Bantu)
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Aryan Kapoor
2006 Rang De Basanti Sukhi/Rajguru
Golmaal Laxman
2007 Life in a... Metro Rahul
Raqeeb Siddharth Verma
Dhol Pankaj Tiwari (Pakya)
2008 Hello Shyam Mehra (Sam)
Sorry Bhai! Siddharth Mathur
2009 3 Idiots Raju Rastogi
2010 Toh Baat Pakki! Rahul Saxena
Allah Ke Banday Vijay Kamble
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Rustam Behram Deboo (Rusy)
3 Bachelors Amit
2013 War Chod Na Yaar Captain Rajveer Singh Rana (Raj)
2014 Gang of Ghosts Raju Writer
Super Nani Manorath Mehra (Mann)
2015 Hate Story 3 Aditya Deewan
2016 1920 London Jai Singh Gujjar
Wajah Tum Ho ACP Kabir Deshmukh
2018 3 Storeys Shankar Varma [18]
Kaashi in Search of Ganga Kaashi Chaudhary [19][20]
2019 The Least of These Manav Banerjee [14]
Mission Mangal Parmeshwar Joshi
2021 Mera Fauji Calling Abhishek
Babloo Bachelor Babloo

Playback singer[edit]

Year Film Song
2009 3 Idiots (Performer: "Give Me Some Sunshine, Give Me Some Rain")


Year Show Role
1995 Standing Boy: Maharaja Ranjit Singh
1999 Gubbare
2009 PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Chehra Jhootha Host
2009 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Special apperence as himself
2019–2020 Baarish Anuj Mehta
2020 Pawan & Pooja Pawan Mehra

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ "A Gujarati Brahmin who experiments with crocodile meat". DNA India. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  2. ^ "I give a lot of credit to my Gujarati roots, says Sharman Joshi". India Today Aaj Tak. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "A Star on Wheels". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 25. 23 June 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  4. ^ "All in the family". India Today. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Love Story of Sharman Joshi and Prerana Chopra". ZestVine. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  6. ^ Soumyadipta Banerjee (18 December 2009). "It's all in Sharman Joshi's family". DNA. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  7. ^ IANS (14 December 2017). "Theatre is ruthless: Sharman Joshi". Business Standard India. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Sharman Joshi brings an award-winning play to India". Hindustan Times. 23 April 2017. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Ame Lai Gaya Tame Rahi Gaya". Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  10. ^ Sawant, Purvaja (2 September 2016). "Theatre Review: Main Aur Tum - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 December 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Sharman Joshi's profile". Archived from the original on 22 April 2008.
  12. ^ "Sharman Joshi: Delhi winter has a romanticism to it - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 July 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Aamir, Siddharth, Sharman: Rang De Basanti reunion after 10 years". The Indian Express. 26 January 2016. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  14. ^ a b "I find Lucknow very fancy: Sharman Joshi - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  15. ^ "In Kashi, to play Kashi, Sharman says loving it to bits". Hindustan Times. 29 September 2017. Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  16. ^ TEDx Talks (14 February 2017), Breaking a typecast in performing art, archived from the original on 11 October 2020, retrieved 7 August 2017
  17. ^ "TEDxYouth@OIS". Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Sharman Joshi to anchor 2 debutants in '3 Storeys'". The Daily Star. 10 March 2018. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Sharman Say to loving it in play kashi". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  20. ^ Kumar, Dhiraj, Kaashi in Search of Ganga, Sharman Joshi, archived from the original on 26 October 2018, retrieved 8 April 2018

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