Doing theatre is a treat for Sharman Joshi
Besides being known for his films, Sharman Joshi (right) is also known for his stellar performance in his theatre play, Raju Raja Ram Aur Main. And the actor owes all his learnings to theatre.
“I began with theatre. I’ve done about 10 years of it, and I got my break in Bollywood because of my virtue in theatre. I continued theatre till the time came when I had to take a 10-year sabbatical from it because it had become exhausting and I had to give time to my films as well,” says Joshi, who made his debut in films with the 1999 film, Godmother.
“Once on stage, you can’t stay away from it for too long. It’s like a treat to the actor in me because it is known an actor’s medium. I keep doing shows apart from the films I do and I will never give up theatre,” he adds.
The actor, who has done Bollywood films such as Golmaal, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots and Ferrari Ki Sawaari, never felt the need to choose between theatre and films. “Theatre holds my skills and I realised that I have become sharper as an actor. Theatre for me is what riyaz is for singers and it also keeps me on my feet,” says Joshi. “I have no such thoughts that a film actor should not embrace the stage. I think it is just conditioning of one’s mind that they think like that,” adds the actor, who will soon be seen in an erotic thriller.