Felt anguished with ‘jugaad’ and nepotism in Bollywood: Yashpal Sharma

Yashpal Sharma's directorial debut 'Dada Lakhmi' won India's prestigious National Film Award for the Best Feature film in Haryanvi.

Yashpal Sharma is a well known Indian film actor and theatre artist. He has acted in many movies including Lagaan, Gangaajal, Ab Tak Chappan, Apaharan and Rowdy Rathore among several others. He was nominated for both Filmfare and IIFA Awards for his role in Gangaajal.

Yashpal Sharma graduated from the National School of Drama in 1994. He got his first big break in 1998 with Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa. Thereafter he acted in movies like Shool and Arjun Pandit but it was his role in Lagaan (2001), where he played the character of ‘Lakha’, which is still etched in our memories. The year 2003 was also a remarkable year for Yashpal Sharma with stellar performances in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Gangaajal after which there was no looking back for him.

Yashpal Sharma recently made his directorial debut with the movie Dada Lakhmi. The film is a biopic based on the life of Haryanvi poet Dada Lakhmi Chand. The film won India’s prestigious National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Haryanvi.

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In a candid interview with The Australia Today, Yashpal Sharma noted that he wanted to make a film which was different from run of the mill stories and faced many challenges, but in the end it was worth it. Catch his full interview here:

Yashpal Sharma has also acted in TV serials like ‘Neeli Chatri Waale’. Besides acting, he plans to direct more movies in the years to come.