Shreyas Talpade’s journey in Bollywood, like many of his contemporaries, is one of struggle and determination, but that doesn’t make his journey any less unique than anyone else’s. Being an outsider, Shreyas had to pay his dues before making a debut in Bollywood. Due to this, even convincing his parents to let him pursue his dream of acting was a task. In an interview, he was heard mentioning how his father was okay with him pursuing acting but his mother had her reservations and made sure that he completed his graduation first. To celebrate the birthday of Shreyas Talpade, we bring to you the inspiring story of how he got his big break and his journey thereafter.
Shreyas Talpade began his career by acting in stage shows across Maharashtra and in Marathi TV serials. He gained popularity by playing the lead in Zee TV’s serial Woh (1997). On appearing in Damini, a popular Marathi TV serial, he gained recognition among the Marathi audience. In 2001, Shreyas started playing a role in DD’s Jaane Anjaane where again, his performance was lauded by the audience.
Shreyas had to audition for his debut movie Iqbal not only to prove his mettle in acting but to also prove he could bowl exactly the way the script demanded the lead to. During an interview, Shreyas revealed how he got his big break, “I was doing a Marathi serial and it was a routine to play cricket on sets. That was the time Nagesh Kukunoor was looking for an actor who could play cricket or a cricketer who could act. And, luckily, Yatin Karyekar, who played my father in the film, asked a friend of mine ‘if he knows anyone who can fit into this criterion’. He suggested my name. I went and auditioned for the part, got shortlisted and, finally, bagged the role,”
During the same interview, the actor also mentioned how his marriage was fixed around the same time he was selected to play the lead in Iqbal and started shooting for the movie the very next day after marrying his girlfriend, Deepti.
Iqbal, the story of a young mute and deaf boy who aspires to play cricket for the Indian cricket team, was well-received by audiences and critics alike. Shreyas’ performance in the movie earned him a Zee Cine Critics Award for Best Actor in 2006.
After Iqbal, Shreyas found success in playing comedic characters in a slew of movies like Apna Sapna Money Money (2007), Joker (2012), Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal (2012), Housefull 2 (2012), Entertainment (2014), Great Grand Masti (2016), and many more but is most remembered for playing the role of “Laxman” in the Golmaal franchise.
In 2014, Shreyas produced a Marathi film, Poshter Boyz, and also played a minor role in the same movie. Later in 2017, Shreyas made his directorial debut with the Hindi remake of the same movie called Poster Boyz. He also starred in the film alongside Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol.
Shreyas was last seen playing one of the leads in the movie Setters (2019). This movie marked the debut of Shreyas in a negative role. Apart from movies, he will be seen as a quizmaster in Zee TV’s upcoming quiz show Mind Wars which will air in 2020.