Not only does he believe he’s exactly the opposite of the character he played in 3 Idiots, actor Sharman Joshi even claims he added absolutely nothing to the film. “How could I add something to a script such as that?” he asks. “Plus I would not dare to add anything anyway (laughs). As for (parallels with) 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 above 65 per cent.”
The actor will be next seen 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 himself 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 — 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. I want to be unpredictable.”
Though his comic and semi-comic roles in his earlier multi-starrers like Life In A Metro, Rang De Basanti and Style 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.”
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 take up projects with my eyes open and the people I work with work very. Beyond that, we only hope it does well.”
Asked to comment on his nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor for 3 Idiots at the upcoming IIFA awards, he simply says, “I am extremely fortunate, lucky, blessed and thankful.”
“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 asked me whether I had the time for a narration. I said yes instantly,” adds Joshi, who then for the next one year waited in anticipation for the film to go on the floors...