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    Default Itís a good time to be in Bollywood: Sharman Joshi

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    Be it playing Sukhi in 'Rang De Basanti', Rahul in 'Life in a...Metro', Raju in '3 Idiots' or Rusy in the more recent 'Ferrari Ki Sawari', Sharman Joshi's endearing screen presence has touched many hearts. And Sharman says that he owes a lot to Gujarati theatre for whatever he has achieved today.

    This charming actor, who was in Vadodara as a guest at the Vibrant VCCI 2013 exhibition, says, "I have learnt a lot during my association with Gujarati theatre and enjoyed doing Gujarati plays. Almost everyone in our family (like his father Arvind Joshi, aunt Sarita Joshi and sister Manasi Joshi) has been associated with the same in some way! So, I feel a sense of gratitude and time permitting, I would love to do Gujarati plays in the near future."

    He adds, "Originally, we hail from Patan and I am very proud of my Gujarati roots. My next film Super Nani also happens to be a screen adaptation of the popular Gujarati play Baa Ae Mari Boundary. I am very excited about working with Rekhaji and Indra Kumar. It's heartening to see that quite a few Gujarati plays are being adapted into Bollywood films. However, I feel that Gujarati theatre is so strong that it has a distinct identity of its own and can survive even without any Bollywood support."

    Looking back at his career, he says, "I would say that 3 Idiots and Ferrari Ki Sawari (FKS) have been the most challenging roles in my career so far. FKS was my first solo-hero project in the true sense and I am glad that people liked it. Trade wise, it helped me immensely as far as BO standings are concerned. However, I have never analysed my career and only done films which I thought would make me happy. I trust my instincts while signing projects and have no qualms about doing multi-starrers. If it's a good script and has a good director, then where is the problem? It's a great thing that more and more filmmakers today are thinking out-of-the-box. It's a good time to be in Bollywood."

    Asked about his other future projects, he says, "There are a couple of interesting films in the pipeline and announcements will be made soon." Sharman feels that the hoopla regarding the 100-crore club films needs to be seen in the proper context. He says, "At the end of the day, it's about what returns you get on the investment. So, even a small film can make more profits than the blockbusters if one calculates logically."

    His message for the youth is simple. "At this age, many people may not take you seriously. But if you truly believe in something, which comes straight from your heart, then you must stand by it!" he says.

    On a parting note, Sharman has this to say, "It has been a very satisfying journey for me. When my father and uncle started doing theatre after they shifted to Mumbai, my grandfather wasn't very happy. But had he been alive today, I am sure that he would have been very proud of what we have achieved!"

 

 

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