Yes, I’ve waited all this while for a film like Ferrari Ki Sawari to come my way,” affirms Sharman Joshi, when asked about his new project for which Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were also in the running. So, how did he ace it? “That only Vinod Chopra can answer best, I did a series of extensive auditions to see how well I fit the part.”
A survey conducted by the production staff at suburban coffee shops reportedly got him the thumbs up. He laughs, “VC and Raju Sir (Rajkumar Hirani) joked that I had planted my friends at these cafes. But yes, it felt great to know that I was second in the poll, after Aamir. I guess, I owe this popularity to the super success of 3 Idiots. Also my commercials have been widely appreciated. Irrespective of who was considered for the role, I'll play the part to the best of my abilities, trying to improve with every scene.”
Prior to 3 Idiots (2009), Rang De Basanti (2006) was a turning point in Joshi’s career. But apparently, then he started acting pricey. Reportedly, Rohit Shetty was miffed when he upped his price for Golmaal Returns and replaced him with a more accommodating Shreyas Talpade.
There is a line in the film that refers to him as being on ‘saatvaan aasmaan (seventh heaven)’. “I had already committed the dates Rohit required to another film, which is why I couldn’t do the Golmaal sequel. And he sounded me out about this scene you’re talking about, I took it in good humour,” insists Joshi. He was approached for Golmaal 3 too. Any chance of him returning to the franchise?
“Not in the near future. Right now, my focus is on Ferrari Ki Sawari. I was offered a lot of comedies apart from the Golmaal sequels, but I don’t want to do any of them at this point. Maybe after five years, depending on the script, I might do another Golmaal film,” he says.
Seems, after working with Aamir Khan in Rang De Basanti, he’s become super picky-choosy himself and wants to do only one film at a time. “I respect Aamir as an actor but I’m not influenced by him. And to say that I’ve started behaving like him is a bit much,” he protests.
“I’m my own person. I have my way of functioning. I’m confident of my abilities and I know how to go about getting to the goals I’ve set for myself.”