Get­ting can­did with gifted Marathi ac­tor SWWAPNIL JOSHI

For years, SWWAPNIL JOSHI has been win­ning au­di­ences over with his tal­ent. Ci­tadel in­ter­views the gifted Marathi ac­tor re­gard­ing his up­com­ing films and re­cently con­cluded tele­vi­sion show on in­ter­view­ing friends from the Marathi in­dus­try.


If you ask any film lover about qual­ity films in the coun­try, the chances of them talk­ing about the Marathi film in­dus­try are quite high. A mixed bag of qual­ity sen­si­tive, along with com­mer­cially vi­able films is be­ing created here. The au­di­ence is lap­ping up such films like any­thing and are greedy for more. Good ac­tors too are find­ing an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ent. Swwapnil Joshi is a known name in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, whether Marathi or Hindi. His name has be­come syn­ony­mous with good work. Start­ing his ca­reer as a child ac­tor, he has evolved into an artiste who has tried to break his ro­man­tic ac­tor mould time and again. Of course, Swwapnil’s fan fol­low­ing can be called mas­sive. In his TV ap­pear­ances in shows like Com­edy Cir­cus, Kon Hoeel Marathi Kar­o­d­pati or Fu Bai Fu or se­ri­als like Eka Lag­nachi Dusri Goshta, Swwapnil gives cer­tain cred­i­bil­ity to the shows. Of course, his movies like Mum­bai-Pune-Mum­bai (Part 1 & 2), Du­niyadaari, Man­gal­sh­taka Once More, Pyaar Wali Love Story, Mit­waa, Tu Hi Re, Laal Ishq and Fu­gaay bring out his nu­anced tal­ent as well. Every time Swwapnil is out with some­thing new, it is cel­e­bra­tion time for his fans. His re­cent tele­vi­sion

avataar is as a host of the pop­u­lar show No. 1 Yaari with Swwapnil on Colours. Here, he was seen in­ter­view­ing celebs from the in­dus­try, who are also friends, and their bond shone through.


His re­cent talk show No. 1 Yaari with Swwapnil has be­come a hit amongst view­ers. It looks in­ter­est­ing and each episode brings its own charm. Con­grat­u­la­tions are a must for choos­ing to be the host of such an off­beat show. Swwapnil gra­ciously ac­cepts the com­pli­ments and feels the con­grat­u­la­tions are not just well de­served, but also over­due. “We wanted to do a show like this for the long­est time. In Marathi, shows are be­ing made on cou­ples, sib­lings, or even on re­la­tions. But a show purely on two friends was never made. So when Sachin sir (Sachin Pil­gaonkar) made me hear the show’s con­cept, I felt like it’s such a rare op­por­tu­nity that this is a show com­pletely based on friends and friend­ship. And I found it quite fun to tap this zone. I am ba­si­cally a very friend-zoned per­son. So to tap this zone on TV was amaz­ing.” There was one more thing that made Swwapnil se­lect this show. “I have had a rather long ca­reer. But I never had a show with my name in the ti­tle. I think for any ac­tor it is a great high that you have a show with your name. So it is No. 1 Yaari with Swwapnil. I think it is a self pat on the back and it’s a great feel­ing or high for an ac­tor to have his hoard­ings and pro­mos made. And then Sach­inji was cre­atively pro­duc­ing and di­rect­ing the show. So some­one of his cal­i­bre says to do the show, I know how much home­work has gone into it. I also know how much readi­ness he has shown for the show. And the show is on a re­puted chan­nel like Colours Marathi. So ev­ery­thing came to­gether rather nicely. That is why I read­ily agreed to it. It’s a great feel­ing and we are half way through the sea­son. By the time this interview is printed, it might even be over. But I had the most fun time host­ing this show in my en­tire ca­reer.” Be­ing a celebrity means know­ing more than half of the in­dus­try on good terms. He knows most of the peo­ple who come on the show. The feel­ing must be some­thing else to see these friends talk about their friend­ships. Swwapnil agrees and adds, “Ba­si­cally, the show’s con­cept is to call my friends on this show. So it is pre­dom­i­nantly my friends from the fra­ter­nity who will come. So I know most of the peo­ple who come. And it’s very dif­fer­ent be­cause it’s a very big re­spon­si­bil­ity to make them feel com­fort­able, yet in­trude into their

private spaces on TV. I think it’s a tough task, but I want to give a big thank you for my friends for com­ing, as they made it pretty sim­ple and easy for me. It was a joy ride. If you see the episodes, you will know that the things that hap­pen be­hind closed doors, we have ac­tu­ally been try­ing to bring forth on the show, and it’s a lot of fun.” The fact that the show gained pop­u­lar­ity gives the truth that the mak­ers have hit the right spot.


Swwapnil and ro­mance is syn­ony­mous in the in­dus­try. In fact, many term him as the Shah Rukh Khan of the Marathi in­dus­try due to his ro­man­tic on-screen per­sona. Any other per­son in his po­si­tion would be both­ered by this tag of a ro­man­tic hero, though Swwapnil has tried to do as many dif­fer­ent roles as pos­si­ble in re­cent times. He ac­cepts the ro­man­tic hero tag and says it does not bother him. “I think im­ages are made by au­di­ences. No hero cre­ates a par­tic­u­lar im­age for him­self. It is in the mind of the peo­ple, which is their per­cep­tion about you. And if peo­ple like me in ro­man­tic roles, I feel proud about it and there is noth­ing to feel ashamed about. I ab­so­lutely don’t get both­ered by it, and I take it with a lot of pride. There is a spring in my step when any­one calls me a ro­man­tic hero. Yes, I have at­tempted dif­fer­ent kinds of roles, be­cause the ac­tor in me wants to ex­plore some­thing that I have not ex­plored be­fore.” That is why you have seen him at­tempt dif­fer­ent sub­jects in films like Bhikari, Wel­come Zindagi, Govinda, Fu­gay and the re­cently fin­ished Ranan­gan. “In all these films, I ex­plore dif­fer­ent emo­tions as an ac­tor, which are built into me, but are not yet ex­posed to cin­ema,” he clar­i­fies. The method of choos­ing roles is dif­fer­ent for dif­fer­ent peo­ple. For Swwapnil, a lot of things go into the se­lec­tion of any role. “Pre­dom­i­nantly - what is the con­cept? What is the script and con­tent? After that, who is mak­ing the team? How is the team? How are the pro­ducer, direc­tor and tech­ni­cians? After that, who are my co-ac­tors? After that, what is my role? I think this is be­cause this is team­work. A lot of peo­ple come to­gether to make this film. The film is not made by just the hero or hero­ine. Around 100-200 peo­ple work to­gether for a year and then the film is made. So who are these peo­ple? How pas­sion­ately are they as­so­ci­ated with this film? Or the writ­ers who have writ­ten the film. How pas­sion­ately have they writ­ten the film? I want to know all this, be­cause I think in every kind of cin­ema and more so in Marathi cin­ema, con­tent is the king, and the first thing I look for is con­tent,” ex­plains Swwapnil pas­sion­ately. Fair enough. After all, an ac­tor is as good as his last re­lease.


Swwapnil agrees to the ac­count that he is more se­lec­tive about his roles. Of course, he was se­lec­tive ear­lier too, but now he is more es­tab­lished. He replies, “I do two to three films in a year, which is a pretty rare. I mean, peo­ple don’t re­alise it. But I have done only 15 odd films in my en­tire ca­reer. Peo­ple think I have been work­ing for a long time and have done a lot of films. But I have done only 14-15 films in Marathi, and Ranan­gan will be my 16th film. So I have done less work. How much more can I be se­lec­tive? But I am se­lec­tive about my roles. I am like that. I like to work less and do bet­ter.” Be­ing t ypecast means at times film­mak­ers not ap­proach­ing an ac­tor for dif­fer­ent roles. Swwapnil be­ing the ac­tor that he is, wants dif­fer­ent roles to come to him. “I would love to do neg­a­tive roles and I think film­mak­ers are afraid of com­ing to me with roles that are out of the box. But I think Ranan­gan is go­ing to change that. I re­ally hope no film­maker has to think be­fore ap­proach­ing me with a role. They should be able to come to me with any kind of role and think I will be able to do it jus­tice. The more out of the box, the bet­ter,” he says, the ac­tor in him urg­ing for more. Those who have wit­nessed Swwapnil’s work also know of his great comic tim­ing. But we aren’t we see­ing more of it. Swwapnil talks about his muchap­pre­ci­ated film Fu­gay, which was re­leased last year, “I would love to do a comic film and a lot of com­edy. Again, if some­thing in­ter­est­ing comes my way, it will be in­ter­est­ing to do it. But I would love to do some­thing funny and comic. Let’s hope for the best.”


No one is as can­did about life and ca­reer as Swwapnil. He is up­beat about ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing his work. Ask him about look­ing back at his ca­reer and de­scribe it, he has just one line to say – it has just started. “I have worked for 30 odd years. But it is just the be­gin­ning

and I have a long way to go. If there is one word with which I can de­scribe my ca­reer, I think it’s been very en­rich­ing,” he says can­didly. An ac­tor ven­tur­ing into pro­duc­tion is not a new phe­nom­e­non. Swwapnil too is slowly get­ting into this part of his pro­fes­sion. “In fact, Fu­gay was pro­duced by us. There is a com­pany called GSEAMS and I am a part­ner in it. It pro­duces films and Fu­gay was a co­pro­duc­tion. Ranan­gan is a co-pro­duc­tion. We also co-pro­duced a film called Tula Kal­nar Nahi. And there are two more films in the pipe­line, which we are co­pro­duc­ing again. And there is a show on Star Pravah – Nakalat Saare Ghada­ley, which is ap­par­ently the No. 1 show on that chan­nel. We are pro­duc­ing that show. Pro­duc­tion is on the cards and very much in the process,” he says be­fore adding that in fact, he wants to keep pro­duc­ing more TV se­ri­als and films. It’s an in­dus­try where in­se­cu­rity is part and par­cel of your life­style. But every time you see or meet Swwapnil, his smil­ing face and up­beat at­ti­tude puts a smile on your face. Ask him how he stays so pos­i­tive in an oth­er­wise in­se­cure in­dus­try, and pat comes the re­ply, “I think this in­dus­try is like a mir­ror. So if you are pos­i­tive, the in­dus­try gives you a pos­i­tive re­sponse. If you are neg­a­tive, the in­dus­try gives you a neg­a­tive re­sponse. I am not say­ing that every­one who gets a neg­a­tive re­sponse is a neg­a­tive per­son. But this is what is work­ing for me. Pos­i­tiv­ity works for me. It keeps me go­ing. It is not that I am not afraid or scared or I do not lose or fail. It is just that I have de­vel­oped over the years the abil­ity or the ca­pac­ity or the strength to get up and run again. So yes, that is what keeps me alive and go­ing. In­shal­lah that is what will keep me go­ing.”


Swwapnil’s fans look for­ward to his new projects. He has a lot to say about his up­com­ing projects. “Three films are re­leas­ing this year. The first to come is Ranan­gan on May 11. For the first time, I am play­ing a grey-shaded or neg­a­tive char­ac­ter, and I hope peo­ple like it, be­cause right now the look is out and peo­ple love the look. I am su­per ex­cited and ner­vous. It is al­most like a de­but again in a neg­a­tive role, be­cause I have never done work like this be­fore, and that is a great thing for me as an ac­tor. And I am hop­ing the au­di­ence re­ally likes it.” His sec­ond up­com­ing film would be the much looked for­ward to Mum­bai-PuneMum­bai 3, and it is a big deal for him. “For the first time, a third part of a Marathi film will ap­pear on the big screen. And I am ex­tremely happy and proud that it is my film. So it will be the first of its kind and yes, it will take the legacy of Mum­baiPune-Mum­bai fran­chisee ahead. Last but not the least; the year will end with a film called Mi Pan Sachin. Again it’s a film very close to my heart. Shreyas Jad­hav, who is ba­si­cally a rap­per, is the de­but direc­tor of the film. And I think he has done a splen­did job. I think he has writ­ten the film also. It is a film based on emo­tions with the back­drop of cricket. Now whether it is a Sachin biopic or not, or it re­volves around him and he is a part of the film, you have to wait for the film to watch for the an­swers. Again it’s a film very close to my heart. I have done a lot of hard work for the film. I have lost al­most 12 ki­los and tried to learn a de­cent amount of pro­fes­sional cricket for the role. I hope the au­di­ence sees a dif­fer­ent me, and sees a char­ac­ter more than they see me in the film.” It’s ac­tors like Swwapnil Joshi who are car­ry­ing the torch of good con­tent for­ward in both films and tele­vi­sion. See­ing more his work is some­thing most view­ers are ea­gerly wait­ing for.

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