'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' a game changer for me: Sharman Joshi
He may have won hearts with his funny college boy image in blockbusters like 'Rang De Basanti' and '3 Idiots', but actor Sharman Joshi feels that it is his upcoming solo film 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' which will be a game changer for him in Bollywood
This movie is extra special for Sharman as it is his first solo project in a decade-old-career and he will be seen tackling the role of a father for the first time on-screen.
"This is possibly a dream role. It is a special film because it is my first solo film in such a big production house and it is going to be a game changer in terms of my commercial standing if it's accepted at the box office. But I don't work for box office only. I like to do a good film with consideration towards the box office," Sharman said.
The 33-year-old essays the role of a middle class Parsi named Roosi while actor Boman Irani plays Sharman's father Behram. Sharman says this character was difficult to portray because he is nothing like that in real life.
"I have never played a character so out of my skin. You have personal traits in every character but I have created a thick shield in front of this character, only if you look behind that shield you will see my personality. As an actor this is something I have craved for," he added.
Directed by debutante Rajesh Mapuskar, the movie follows the story of Roosi and his struggle to arrange for a huge sum of money to get his son Kayo, a cricket enthusiast, play at Lords. The film is co-written by Rajkumar Hirani and is a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production. It will hit the theaters on June 15.
Sharman says that initially everyone was sceptical about him playing a father's role and he auditioned for the film 30-40 times over a period of six months.
"We all were initially sceptical whether I will be able to pull of the father's part. Rajesh was still not sure because of which we had 30-40 auditions for a couple of months. We worked on various looks, emotional quotient of the character. It was after this that I was granted the role. There was a time gap of six months before the movie went on floors so during which we had several workshops. We have worked intensely on the script and once we started shooting everything fell into place," he said.
The actor believes taking on this project has given him the confidence and patience to do better work and he is in no rush to break away from the so called tag of a comedy star.
"I have never thought that I have to break free from any tag given to me because I understand that it is derived from the kind of work I do. At the end of the day it is in my hand to change that perception. I know as an actor I want to do every kind of role and experiment with myself, but I am in no rush. I am here for long," Sharman said.
The actor's next project is director Tanuja Chandra's 'Chithiyaan', a romantic drama produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.