Manoj Joshi

Profession: Actor, Comedian


Brother of Manoj Joshi

Rajesh Joshi, Actor (younger; died in 1998)

Father of Manoj Joshi

Navneet Joshi

Wife/Spouse of Manoj Joshi

Preeti Joshi

Favourite Actor of Manoj Joshi

Amitabh Bachchan

Favourite Film of Manoj Joshi

The Silence of the Lambs

Favourite Food(s) of Manoj Joshi

Khaman Dhokla, Kadhi, Sukhandi

Favourite Playwright(s) of Manoj Joshi

Mahesh Elkunchwar, Madhu Rye

Favourite Singer of Manoj Joshi

Lata Mangeshkar

Favourite Writer of Manoj Joshi

P L Deshpande

Awards/Honours of Manoj Joshi

2003: Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Kehta Hai Dil
2016: ITA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat
2018: Padma Shri by the Government of India

Information about Manoj Joshi

Joshi's father was known for bridging the gap between the Gujarati and Marathi kirtan tradition.  Does Manoj Joshi smoke?: Not Known  During an interview in 2018, Joshi revealed that he had played Chanakya 1,039 times in his acting career.  He was born into a Gujarati family and raised in a Marathi culture.  Manoj Joshi has received critical acclaims for his performances in the Bollywood films like- Hungama, Dhoom, Bhagam Bhag, Phir Hera Pheri, Chup Chupke, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Billu Barbar.  Joshi is also a prolific writer and in his college, he wrote a Marathi play titled 'Karma.' He also translated Vijay Tendulkar's 'Ghashiram Kotwal' into Gujarati.  Theatre was never the first choice for Manoj; he wanted to become an artist.  At the start of his acting career, he has learned the nuances of theatre from famous artists like Satyadeb Dubey, Vijay Mehta and Shafi Inamdar.  In his debuted film Sarfarosh, his brother Rajesh Joshi played the role of Bala Thakur.  The first time he performed a play on Chanakya was in 1990. It was a Gujarati play.  In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented him with the Sabarkantha Ratna Puraskar.  Joshi's longest stint was at the 'Economic and Political Weekly.' However, he quit that too after he won the best actor award for Chanakya.  Manoj also earned acclaims for the role of Chanakya in the 2015 TV show- Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat.  Does Manoj Joshi drink alcohol?: Not Known  It was Shafi Inamdar who told Joshi to stage Chanakya in Hindi. Joshi conveyed this to Bhuta (writer) and they began performing in Hindi in 1995-1996.  A report of Marathi Natya Sangeet reads that his father was a famous Keertankar of the Naradeeya Parampara.  After getting a diploma in Commercial Art, Joshi bagged his first job as a layout artist in a Gujarati magazine.  Joshi went on to work in different magazines including 'Janmabhoomi' and 'Gentleman.'  He was poor at studies and failed twice in the 8th and the 9th standard.  For monetary concerns, he also started appearing in soap operas.  After much effort, when he didn't find a job, he joined the J J college's theatre circle and started participating in inter-collegiate plays. It changed the direction of his career from an artist to an actor.  Manoj shifted to Mumbai from his hometown in Gujarat, when he was in the 8th standard. 


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