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chandigarh Updated: Jun 24, 2012 20:37 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
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Success has no stereotypes for 3 Idiots-fame actor Sharman Joshi who strives for new expression with every role.
Latest in the list of his successful films is Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Sharman was in the city on Saturday along with director Rajesh Mapuskar to further boost his latest release's prospects.

The 39-year-old actor said, "I am an ambitious actor in a way that I strive for different roles; keep it unpredictable for myself as well as for my audience. But I have no set ideas about the kind of roles and scripts I want. I just know that I want to act and follow my instinct."

But why has he not done many films after the success of 3 Idiots? "I commit time to a good script and without doubt, good scripts take time to come. Again, what is 'good' is subjective. It may be 'bad' for somebody else," he said.

"I see a script in its totality," he said, reflecting that more than a role, it is the story that interests him. However, he has a certain idea about the kind of work he wants to do. For instance, the kind of roles he has played in films such as Allah Ke Bande, Life in a Metro and Rang De Basanti. And, Sharman has, of course, honed his craft for years. Son of Gujarati theatre veteran Arvind Joshi, Sharman shared that he spent seven to eight years on stage before moving to celluloid and theatre remained his foremost training ground. He feels that theatre is the best place to learn the ropes of acting and good for those who do not have any exposure to acting. "But again, theatre does not guarantee success to an actor; one has to carve one's own journey," he said.

Ask about his transformation from theatre to films and he said, "I have not yet introspected my career so intriguingly. I have enjoyed every moment of my journey and I feel I am here for a long haul and there is a lot more to do."

The actor, whose next venture is a romantic film directed by Tanuja Chandra and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, said, "Entertainment is getting to the next level in Bollywood, and I am happy that today there is room for every kind of film. More than the audience accepting new ideas, it is the infrastructure, such as multiplexes, that is playing a vital role in many out-of-the-box ideas," said the actor who would love to portray realistic characters onscreen.

"My whole endeavour is to come out of my comfort zone and try different things," said the actor who is busy writing a script for a theatre production these days.

"I am writing a play with my friend, which will be staged soon."