He claims he was exactly the opposite of his character, Hari, in 3 Idiots (2009). He also says that he added absolutely nothing to the film. “How could I add something to a script such as that?” asks Sharman Joshi, who has been known for his comic timing in many of his earlier films. “Plus I would not dare to add anything anyway (laughs). As for the character, I was an above average B Com student in college.
I would always be occupied in some extracurricular activities or sports, so I was definitely not that paranoid about studying, but I managed to score 65 per cent and above throughout.”
The actor will be seen next in Allah Ke Bande, where he’ll play one of the two boys in a story of their lives in Mumbai. Joshi feels an actor should never limit him or herself to one genre, be it movies or roles.
“Like a movie going audience is never limited to any genre as such, an actor should not have preferences. And also, the choice is not always ours, as it’s the script that we get offered that makes the call. I don’t actually prefer comedy or drama or thriller movies; it is fun to have them mixed up and I want to be unpredictable that way.”
Though his comic and semi-comic roles in his earlier multi-starrers like Life In A Metro (2007), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Style (2001), have made him a known name, he does not promise to continue doing only comedy. “It depends on what comes my way, but I will not want to limit myself to comedy.”
When asked whether he feels the roles that he has picked, over the last 10 years in Bollywood, have utilised his potential to the
maximum, he says: “I have never felt that. I have always taken on a project with my eyes wide open and the people who I have worked with have worked very hard, after which we have all always hoped it does well in the market.”
Joshi gives a happy and disjointed response to his nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor for 3 Idiots at the upcoming IIFA awards: “I am extremely fortunate, lucky, blessed and thankful.”
Ask him whether he had expected the role and the movie to become the phenomena it did, pat comes his reply, “I thank Raju (Rajkumar Hirani) and Vidhu Vinod Chopra to have given me this role in the first place.
I remember, Raju met me casually and then asked me whether I had the time for a narration. I said yes instantly,” says Joshi, who then
for the next one year waited in anticipation for the film to go on the floors