Jitendra Joshi is a Marathi actor who works in movies, serials and theatre. He is also the writer and a lyricist.
Early Life & Background
Jitendra had struggled a lot in his young age. He used to distribute newspapers and used to work at his uncle’s shop to earn money. Once while working at his uncle’s shop, his professor spotted him there and suggested him to try his luck in Marathi theatre. He is an electrician as well.
First Assignment/ First Major Break
Jitendra became popular after hosting the show ‘Campus’.
Journey in the Industry
To learn acting, Jitendra shifted to Pune. He later joined Satish Tare and Sunil Tare’s group as a music operator. While working with them, by fluke he got a chance to perform on stage, which was noticed by Mohan Wagh. Wagh then offered him his play ‘Three Cheers’ and this is how Jitendra landed in Mumbai.
Jitendra started his career as an actor from the Marathi plays. He had mostly acted in the comedy plays like ‘Mukkam Post Bombilwadi’, ‘Prem Naam Hai Mere, Prem Chopra’ and the super-hit Marathi play ‘Hum Toh Tere Aashiq Hai’. He was also a part of the play ‘Hamidabaichi Kothi’, where he played the role of Sattaar Bhai. Apart from Marathi plays, he has also acted in the Gujarati play ‘Chhel Chhabilo Gujarati’ in a role of Shyam.
Jitendra has acted in various Marathi movies. He started his movie career with the film ‘Pak Pak Pakkak’ in 2005. In 2006, he played the role of Soham in the Marathi comedy movie ‘Golmaal’. In the same year, he played the role of Ranjan in the movie ‘Aaila Re’. In 2009, he acted in the three movies, ‘Sumbaran’ where he played the role of Viru, ‘Gulmohar’ where he portrayed the role of Doctor Bhagwan Satpute and ‘Hai Kai Nai Kai’ where he played the role of Sadashiv Dhapane. In 2010, Jitendra played the role of Mahesh in the comedy movie ‘Navra Avali Baiko Lovely’.
In 2011, Jitendra portrayed the role of Narumama in the blockbuster movie ‘Shala’. He also played the parallel lead along with Makarand Anaspure in the movie ‘Guldasta’. In the same year, he acted in the movie ‘Zhakaas’ along with Ankush Chaudhary, Sai Tamhankar and Amruta Khanvilkar. In 2012, he portrayed the role of Saint Tukaram in the super-hit movie ‘Tukaram’. In 2013, for the first time, he played a negative role in the record breaking Marathi movie ‘Duniyadari’, also starring Swapnil Joshi, Ankush Chaudhary, Sai Tamhankar, Urmila Kanitkar and Richa Pariyalli. In the same year, he played the role of an inspector in the movie ‘Kokanastha’.
He has also acted in Mahesh Manjrekar’s Bollywood movie ‘Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye’ in a small role in 2003. In 2013, he played the role of police constable in the movie ‘The Attacks of 26/11’. The movie was based on the true incident of 26/11 terror attacks.
Jitendra made his television debut with the Alpha Marathi’s (Now known as Zee Marathi) popular comedy show ‘Ghadlay Bighadlay’ in the role of Krishna. He was an anchor of the youth base Marathi show ‘Campus- A Fair War’, due to which he gained popularity. He also won Zee Marathi Award and MaTa Sanman as a best anchor for the same show. Later, he replaced Aadesh Bandekar in the super-hit Marathi game show ‘Home Minister’ as Aadesh was busy contesting for Maharashtra State Assembly elections. Later, he hosted the shows like ‘Hasya Samrat’ and ‘Marathi Paaul Padte Pudhe’. In 2012, he was a contestant of celebrity ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ and was also the judge of the comedy reality show ‘Fu Bai Fu’ along with Ashwini Kalsekar.
Jitendra has also worked as a lyricist for the various Marathi movies. He has written the lyrics of smashing Marathi item number ‘Kombdi Palali’ from the movie ‘Jatra’. The music was composed by Ajay-Atul. Later, he also wrote lyrics for the movies like ‘Aai No 1’, ‘Bokya Satbande’, ‘Gajaar- The Journey of Soul’, ‘Kutumb’, ‘Matter’ and ‘4 Idiots’. He has also written lyrics of the super-hit movies like ‘Fakt Ladh Mhana’ and ‘Zhakaas’, along with dance genre movie ‘Aayna Ka Bayna’. He also wrote title track of the Mi Marathi’s serial ‘One Two Ka Four’. Apart from this, he also worked for Bollywood movies like ‘Viruddh’ and ‘Striker’, where he wrote lyrics of ‘Pia Saanvara’ and ‘Cham Cham’.
Name of Dramas
‘Hamidabaichi Kothi’ as Sattar Baahi
‘Chale Chalo Gujarati’ as Shyam (Gujarati Play)
‘Mukkam Post Bombilwadi’
‘Prem Naam Hai Mera, Prem Chopra’ as Niranjan
‘Hum Toh Tere Ashiq Hai’ as Anil
Name of Serials
Campus A Fair War
Marathi Paul Padte Pudhe
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa-11
|Zee Marathi (Alpha Marathi)
Zee Marathi (Alpha Marathi)
Name of Films
Some of the Popular Films of Jitendra Joshi
|Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye (Hindi)
Pak Pak Pakak
Panga Na Lo
Hai Kai Nai Kai
Navra Avli Baiko Lovely
Bharat Maza Desh Aahe
The Attacks of 26/11
Uchalya- The Branded