In the dynamic and competitive world of the Hindi film industry, there are certain actors whose presence can elevate any film. Sharib Hashmi is undeniably one of those gems, whose journey to success has been nothing short of remarkable. Having shared the screen with iconic figures like Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, Sharib’s career has seen its fair share of highs and lows.
In his early years, Sharib got the opportunity of a lifetime – working with the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, in Yash Chopra’s “Jab Tak Hai Jaan.” Reflecting on those days, Sharib fondly reminisced, “I got paid Rs 2 lakh for it, for around 20 days. Rs 20,000 per day wasn’t bad at all. There was no question of negotiating over the salary; I was happy to do it for free also.”
Despite the promising start, success didn’t come knocking on his door immediately. The industry’s unpredictable nature led to several setbacks. Projects were canceled, some remained unfinished, and others never saw the light of day. Sharib faced a challenging period for not one or two but three years, and even after working with Shah Rukh Khan, he found himself out of work.
“People asked me, ‘You’ve worked with Shah Rukh Khan and still nothing has changed?’ That’s what regular people believe, don’t they? Once you’ve worked with a huge star, you’re sorted. But everyone has their own journey,” Sharib shared.
The pressure to quit and pursue a more stable life was mounting, with even his brother-in-law suggesting a move to the US. However, Sharib remained determined and resolute. Acting was his passion, and he refused to give up on his dreams.
Sharib’s continous efforts finally bore fruit when he received the recognition he deserved. And today, from playing an antagonist in “Vikram Vedha” to portraying Huma Qureshi’s husband in “Tarla,” Sharib’s versatility impressed both critics and audiences alike. His most celebrated role came in the form of “The Family Man,” where he captivated audiences with his nuanced performance.