Bollywood and theater actor, Sharman Joshi turns 35 today. The talented actor has sure acted in some big block busters such as Rang de Basanti, 3 Idiots and Life in a Metro but still many of us do not know this Gujarati actor much.

Born in a middle class family in 1979, Sharman was exposed to thatre and acting since a very young age as his father, Arvind Joshi is a certified veteran in Gujarati theatre, while his aunt Sarita Joshi is the famed theatre and TV artist. His sister, Mansi Joshi who is a TV star who is married to heartthrob actor Ronit Roy have also made Sharman’s connection and exposure to the film industry deeper.

Sharman naturally took to the stage, and appeared in many plays in his college days. The irony is that he wanted to pursue law. He was passionate to get into the law field but his excellent acting skills were encouraged by his peers who finally convinced him to give a shot to acting as a profession after seeing him in several college dramas.

Nevertheless, Sharman believed he should first try the theatre and then move upwards. Then came the most popular Gujrati play, All The Best, which has had a successful stint of 550 shows over the years!

His debut film in 2001, Style, was meant to be a youth centric film which turned out to be quite the dud, but it got Sharman noticed nevertheless. Sharman then went on to star in films like Lajja, Xcuse Me, Shaadi No. 1 and Golmaal.

But his career shaping, breakthrough role came in 2006, when he was cast alongside stalwarts like Aamir Khan, Waheeda Rahman and others, in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti. Post which, the offers came pouring in.

Life in a.. Metro, again won him many awards but the best them all was when he got the role of Raju in in 3 Idiots. This film went on to become a mammoth box office hit.

Sharman’s career, sadly, did not really take off with his super hit films. His last big hit was Ferrari Ki Sawari, in 2012. Since then, he’s been seen in films like War Chod Na Yaar and Gang of Ghosts, not really the money-spinners.

But none the less, we truly have our hopes held high for the son-in-law of Prem Chopra and hope he is casted in films bigger than 3 Idiots ! That would be our humble hope for him on his birthday.