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Abhijat Joshi (born 1969)[1] is an Indian academic and screenwriter particularly known for his work with Vinod Chopra Productions, as the screenwriter for Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006),3 Idiots (2009),PK (2014) and Sanju (2018). He is a professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, since 2003.[2][3][4]

Abhijat Joshi
Born1 December 1969
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
OccupationWriter, Producer, Director, Editor
RelativesSaumya Joshi (younger brother)

Early life and educationEdit

Born and brought up at Ahmedabad,[5] Gujarat to family of professors, including his father Jayant Joshi. Abhijat received his early education in Gujarati medium. He obtained his higher education and qualifications from shri H.K.Arts College,(With Bagal thela group) Gujarat University. After doing his M.A. (English) with distinction.

He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Austin.[3] Apart from English, he can fluently read, write and speak Gujarati language as he was born and brought up amidst Gujarati-speaking people.


He studied in one of the very reputable Gujarati schools named Shree Vidyanagar High School in Ahmedabad, where he took part in the annual competitions for Gujarati dramas in the school[citation needed]. He won multiple awards[citation needed]. He enjoyed playing cricket[citation needed]. He joined C.U. Shah Arts College situated in western part of Ahmedabad city, as a professor of English for a while before moving to the US for his MFA degree[citation needed]. Writing stories and plays was his passion from his childhood. He penned number of plays, skits in Gujarati and English languages[citation needed].

Apart from teaching, he was also involved in theatre activities. His younger brother Saumya Joshi was also professor and is now theatre personality. His father and mother also were professors. During 1992 Gujarat riots, he wrote a theatre production, "A Shaft of Sunlight", which was critically acclaimed; subsequently director Vidhu Vinod Chopra saw the play, which led to them working together in films, Kareeb and Mission Kashmir.[4] A UK based Tamasha Theatre Company in collaboration with Greenwich Repertory Company performed more than 300 Shows, later the play was also adapted in Gujarati as "Marmbhed"[6]

Like his father Jayant Joshi, who is a Sane Guruji (noted Marathi social reformer Pandurang Sadashiv Sane) scholar[citation needed], Abhijat was deeply influenced by Sane Guruji. His father drew his attention to the profound concept of dharma as Sane Guruji saw it. All these readings have helped him immensely in writing stories.[citation needed]

In 2015, he scripted Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Hollywood flick Broken Horses.[7][8] As of 2016, he is working on two scripts, the third film of the Munnabhai series, and actor Sanjay Dutt's biopic.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in central Ohio, where he teaches at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He is married, and has one daughter.[1]


  • A Shaft of Sunlight. Nick Hern Books. 2000. ISBN 1-85459-449-4. (Hindi: Marmbhed)

Select filmographyEdit

Year Film Role(s)
2018 Sanju Co Writer
2016 Wazir Writer, Co Editor
2015 Broken Horses Writer
2014 PK Writer
2012 Nanban Writer (Tamil)
2009 3 Idiots Writer
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Writer, producer
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Writer
2000 Mission Kashmir Writer
1998 Kareeb Writer


Year Award Category Film
2007 National Film Awards Best Screenplay Lage Raho Munna Bhai
2007 Filmfare Awards Best Story
Best Dialogue
2010 Best Story 3 Idiots
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
2015 Best Screenplay PK
Best Dialogue
2007 Screen Awards Best Story Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Best Dialogue
2010 Best Screenplay 3 Idiots
Best Dialogue
2015 PK
2007 IIFA Awards Best Dialogue Lage Raho Munna Bhai
2010 Best Story 3 Idiots
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
2015 Best Dialogue PK
2007 Zee Cine Awards Best Story Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Story
Best Dialogue
Global Indian Film Awards Best Story
Best Dialogue
2015 Star Guild Awards Best Dialogue PK


  1. ^ a b "Otterbein professor writes for Indian film". The Columbus Dispatch. 16 January 2010. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ Faculty Otterbein College.
  3. ^ a b "Abhijat: why should joy vanish from studies?". Mumbai Mirror, The Times of India. 17 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b Sahu, Deepika (8 March 2007). "Lage Raho Abhijat!". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Abhijat Joshi made 'Gandhigiri' part of India's social lexicon". The Economic Times. 17 January 2010.
  6. ^ "ATG".
  7. ^ "I'm taking long drives with Raju for the next script". The Economic Times. 17 January 2010.
  8. ^ "It's a benchmark award: After the Best Screenplay award." Chennai, India: The Hindu. 22 June 2008.
  9. ^ Britto, Anita; BNS (25 January 2016). "Ranbir Kapoor in Sanjay Dutt's Biopic". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Rajkumar Hirani to have an extensive session with Sanjay Dutt after his sentence". The Indian Express. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

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