Manoj Joshi is an Indian theatre artist, actor, and film & theatre director. In 2018, he received the Padma Shri award for his work in the field of art-acting. He is known for portraying Chanakya in the Hindi-Gujarati theatre play ‘Chanakya’ for more than 25 years.
Manoj Joshi aka Manoj N Joshi Facebook – Manoj Joshi was born on Friday, 3 September 1965 (age 57 years; as of 2022) in Goregaon, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He pursued BA at Mithibai College of Arts, Mumbai. Later, he did a diploma in commercial art at Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai. While he was studying in college, he attended theatre classes and painting classes. PressReader YouTube – The Bollywood Dynasty He wrote a Marathi play titled ‘Karma’ during his college days.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
His father, Navneet Joshi, was a Sanskrit vidvaan, kirtankara, and astrologer. He has two sisters. His younger brother, Rajesh Joshi, was an actor, who died in a road accident in 1998.
Wife & Children
On 1 March 1988, he got married to Charu Joshi, who owns a theatre production company. He has two sons named Dharmaj Joshi (actor) and Rudra Joshi.
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Manoj started his career as a cashier at Sidhharth Hotel in Mumbai. However, he left the job within a few months because he was not good at handling finances. He then worked for a few magazines like ‘Janmabhoomi,’ ‘Gentleman,’ and ‘Economic and Political Weekly.’ He used to paint caricatures for magazines and monthly earned Rs 50 to Rs 100. Later, he joined a firm named EPW Communist Trust where he used to get a monthly salary of Rs 35000-Rs 40000. YouTube – The Bollywood Dynasty
Manoj started his acting career as a theatre artist. He has performed in theatre plays of various languages such as Hindi, Gujarati, and Hindi.
In 1995, he performed in the Marathi Theatre play ‘Sarvasvi Tuzich.’
In 1986, he appeared in the Gujarati play ‘Tak Dhina Dhin.’ Some of his other Gujarati theatre plays are Ghashiram, Kotwal Doctor Tame Pan, Man Male Tya Melo, and Gandhi Virudh Gandhi.
In 1996, he performed in the Hindi theatre play ‘Chanakya.’ He gained immense popularity with the play. He has been performing the play for more than 25 years in different states of India.
He has appeared in a few other Hindi plays like ‘Goal Maal Pyar Ka,’ ‘Rangila Re,’ and ‘Alibaba Aur Chalis Ke Chor.’
In 1990, he made his acting debut with the film of National Film Development Corporation of India ‘Hun Hunshi Hunshilal’ in a supporting role.
Some of his other Gujarati films are ‘Bey Yaar’ (2014), ‘Thai Jashe!’ (2016), ‘I.M.A. Gujju’ (2018), ‘Nayika Devi: The Warrior Queen’ (2022), and ‘Nava Pappa’ (2023).
Manoj made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Sarfarosh’ (1999) in which he played the role of Sub-Inspector Bajju.
He has appeared in various Hindi films like ‘Chandni Bar’ (2001), ‘Satta’ (2003), ‘Dhoom’ (2004), ‘Vivah’ (2006), ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ (2007), ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014), and ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ (2015).
He gained immense popularity for playing various comic roles in the Hindi films. Some of such roles are ‘Sub-Inspector Anand Waghmare’ from ‘Hungama’ (2003), ‘Advocate Namdev Mishra’ from ‘Hulchul’ (2004), ‘Nageshwar’ from ‘Garam Masala’ (2005), ‘Kachra Seth’ from ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ (2006), and ‘Harichandra Ramchandra Mirchindani aka Harami’ from ‘Golmaal: Fun Unlimited’ (2006).
He portrayed the Indian politician Amit Shah in the Hindi film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ (2019).
In 2011, he made his Marathi film debut with ‘Fakt Ladh Mhana’ in which he played the role of Veer Dhwal.
He has appeared in a few other Marathi films like ‘Bharatiya’ (2012), ‘Narbachi Wadi’ (2013), and ‘Dashakriya’ (2017).
In 2003, he appeared in the English-Hindi film ‘Jogger’s Park’ as Tariq Ahmed.
He has also appeared in the 2017 Malayalam film ‘Odiyan’ in which he played the role of Mootha Manickan (Muthappan).
He made his Hindi TV debut with ‘Chanakya’ (1991; DD National) in which he played the role of Shriyak.
He has acted in many Hindi TV serials like ‘Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka’ (1999; Sony), ‘Kehta Hai Dil’ (2002; Star Plus), ‘Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’ (2015; Colors), ‘Mangalam Dangalam’ (2018; SAB TV), and ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ (2020; Star Plus).
In 1990, he made his Marathi TV debut with the serial ‘Rau’ in which he portrayed Bajirao, the 7th Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy.
In 1999, he appeared in Alpa TV Marathi serial ‘Abhalmaya’ in which he played the role of Sharad Joshi. In 2015, he appeared in another Marathi TV serial ‘Honar Sun Me Hya Gharchi,’ which aired on Zee Marathi.
He has also appeared in various Hindi short films like ‘The Mumbai Trilogy’ (2012), ‘After He Left: Chronicle of Shankar Pratap Singh’ (2018), and ‘Gunchakkar’ (2023).
In April 2016, he became an assembly member of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relationships). In 2017, he appeared in the promotional video of the Gujarat BJP campaign.