With a career graph boasting of some impressive performances, Sharman Joshi has over the years proven his mettle as an actor. Right from Rang De Basanti to Life in a Metro, 3 Idiots to the more recent Ferrari Ki Sawaari, the films saw him garner much acclaim. But compliments apart, Sharman has along the way also earned tags of being maha-choosy and at times arrogant. Sharman however, insists that it's nothing to do with his attitude. "Often, people here (in the industry) find it tough to deal with 'no' for an answer. Especially when it comes from someone who is not an A-lister. They take that personally. So what they call arrogance is simply an actor being selective about the work he chooses to do. What's wrong with that?" quips Sharman, who's hatke choice of roles has seen him let go off meatier masala fare.
Talking about his selective ways, the actor explains that he simply wants to do work that he would be proud of. "No film comes with a guarantee, but I want to be associated with films that either make an impact on the screen or personally," he says. But isn't there pressure of competition? "There are pressures but not from outside factors. I don't worry about competition as I don't feel that there can be any, when two actors are doing something dramatically different from each other. There can't be yardsticks to measure performances. So the pressure is always self-created and luckily I have never had to set out to work under that pressure," shares Sharman, admitting that he has passed off projects if they didn't appeal to him, that have gone on to become hits, and even if it meant waiting for months. But didn't it make him insecure? "I have grown to be secure in my insecure conditions," laughs Sharman. "I did have my insecure moments initially, but I have learned to deal with them. You realise that after having done your part as an actor, there are a lot of factors that come into play that you simply can't control. So, I've learnt to be patient and do only what appeals to me."
The actor will soon be seen in Indra Kumar's Super Nani and Tanuja Chandra's romantic drama Surkhiyaan, but these films apart, what Sharman is now looking forward to is doing a full-on comedy. A sequel to the Style series? "Yes, why not? Unlike what people perceive, I am not ashamed of Style and I would love to do a comedy like that again," he smiles.