Stars are not known for their names but it’s their brightness that shines through everything making the universe wonder who they are or what are their true identities. Such an amazing star and brilliant actor is Manoj Joshi.
His ultimate goal being acting, he has achieved and successfully stood his spot through his talent and hard work. He has been performing in theatre for a very long when he finally made his debut in the television industry with Rau in 1989. It was a Marathi daily soap. Since then, this remarkable actor kept on proceeding with his career and dreams and successfully making them all true. Despite performing in versatile genres of character, Joshi’s happy place has always been found in comedy. Let’s read Manoj Joshi biography.
Manoj Joshi was born in a Gujarati village named Adapodara, near Himmatnagar in 1965. Joshi’s father Navneet Joshi was also an actor. We can say acting ran through his blood. His younger brother Rajesh Joshi, too, as an actor. Unfortunately, his life remained short for he passed away in 1998. Joshi spent most of his childhood in Goregaon, near Mahad Konkan in Maharashtra.
He graduated from renowned Sir J. J. School of Arts and started his career in Marathi theatre. He also acted in Gujarati and Hindi Theatres. His wife Charu Joshi is a producer. They have two children named Rudra Joshi and Dharmraj Joshi, both of whom are working in the same industry as their parents. Currently, Manoj Joshi holds the respected place of the vice-president in Bombay Art Society.
Joshi made his debut in Bollywood with Sarfarosh in 1999 where he played the character of a sub-inspector. He went on to play various roles in movies like Jaaneman Jaaneman (2001), Ab Ke Baras (2002), Satta (2003), Page 3 (2005), Kyon Ki (2005), Garam Masala (2005), Guru (2007), Billu (2009), De Dana Dan (2009), Khatta Meetha (2010), Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), Dabangg 2 (2012), Mr. Joe B. Carvalho (2014), Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), Dolly Ki Doli (2015), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015), Sanam Re (2016), Judwa 2 (2017), Kaashi in Search of Ganga (2018), Made in China (2019), and many more. He has worked in more than 70 films till the present.
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While Manoj Joshi mostly works in the Hindi Industry, his performance has also been witnessed in other regional films. He has acted in Gujarati movies such as Tamburo (2017), I. M. A. Gujju (2018), Fera Feri Hera Feri (2018), Natsamrat (2018), and Chasni (2019), and many more. He worked in Malayalam movie Odiyan (2018) and Marathi films, some of which are Gola Berij (2012), Nabarchi Wadi (2013), Dashakriya (2017), etc.
He has performed in popular films such as Hungama (2003), Devdas (2002), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom (2004), Bhul Bhulaiyaa (2007), Hulchul (2004), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimeted (2006) and the list goes on.
Manoj Joshi did not want to limit his acting sphere in films and theatre. He worked in multiple television industries that are Hindi and Marathi. He debuted in Hindi television with Chanakya for the first time in 1990 followed by Woh (1998), Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka (1999), Khichdi (2002), Yeh Meri Life Hai (2004), Zindagi Ka Har Rang… Gulaal (2010), Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat (2015), and a lot more.
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Currently, he is playing the characters of Sanjeev Saklecha in Mangalam Danglam (2018), and Advocate Shaktimaan Jhaveri in the popular daily soap Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (2020).
Achievements & Awards
- Manoj Joshi has been honored with Padma Shree on 69th Republic Day, 2018.
- He received the Indian Telly Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Kehta Hai Dil in 2003.
- He got ITA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat in 2016.
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre in 2016.
- He received National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Dashakriya in 2017.
Joshi is presently shooting for Dehati Disco, a film set in Awadh, Lucknow, Bundelkhand, and western UP. According to him, current mainstream commercial films used to lack the realistic side that the audience got to watch in the 80s and 90s, but at the present, those are coming back. While talking about recent films he says, “Aaj kal mitti ki kahani banne lagi hai” which creates a good opportunity for the actors to make the best out of themselves.
In an interview with a popular media house, Manoj Joshi has shared his wish to be a part of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay biopic. He also expressed his desire to direct a Gujarati film someday.