There’s no doubting that Sharman Joshi is a joy to watch on the screen. His success with blockbusters in the last few years has cemented his reputation as an able and entertaining actor. The only hitch so far has been going solo. Sharman has worked well with films that have a multi-starcast. It’s shouldering a film entirely on his own that is his newest challenge.
The actor was on a personal visit to Bangalore when City Express caught up with him for a chat.
Sharman is busy these day with his forthcoming release War Chhod Na Yaar. “This will be the first-ever war comedy made in Hindi cinema. It has been written and directed by Faraz Haider. The USP of the film is that it revolves around the Hindustan-Pakistan relationship at our borders and the casual banter during peace time. The first half is about two people who meet and become friends, while in the second half a war breaks out,” says Sharman, adding, “Both countries share many things in common culturally even though we have been separated for many years now. These similarities are looked at in a tongue-in-cheek manner. There are also socially relevant messages.”
Sharman, who started with off comedies, is eager to shake off any typecasting. “The producers are finally at ease with working with me in a solo project post Ferrari Ki Sawari. I can sense this greater confidence in me. I don’t think too much about which genre I belong to. I just enjoy the process of filmmaking. And luckily, I am doing the kind of films I like - from the time I started my career - and I hope to continue to do so,” he states.
According to Sharman, he has crossed the stage when he used to get frustrated at not having a film on hand. He says, “Now I am very comfortable waiting. Probably my patience has played a key role here. The time when you don’t have work, you involve yourself in looking for better projects.”
His upcoming projects Super Nani, 1920 London and Gang of Ghost will see him either as a solo hero or in an ensemble cast. “Of course, there is nervousness and excitement as to how the film will be received (in solo hero projects). You give it all in terms of acting after which it is beyond your control,” he says.
Sharman agrees that there have been immense changes in the creative department of Indian filmmaking. He says, “We are increasingly coming up with out-of-the-box ideas. I think one reason for this is the coming of multiplexes. Movie making has become an experience, and so the collections have gone up. The films balance class and mass expectations. It is definitely a great time for Indian cinema,” he says.