Sharad, who was then used to be on leave without pay in his office, finally decided to quit his job in the year 2000. The journey of a successful actor had begun with the popularity of ‘Nathuram Godse Boltoy’. Sharad was later signed to play the role of a Journalist again; this time a shrewd and cunning Mr. Khandagale in another popular serial ‘Vaadalwaat’.
So effective was his performance as Devram Khandagle, that for three consecutive years he bagged the Zee Puraskar for the best villain, while playing the same role. Isn’t that a biggest hat-trick scored by an actor? It’s surprising that the same actor with another outstanding performance in ‘Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy’ is yet to receive an award.
But, Sharad does not regret about the same, as for him the biggest award comes from the audience. He recalls two memorable incidences which endorse his performance in this play. In Kolhapur, a retired teacher Mr. Kulkarni who was present for this play came and hugged him after the show was over. But, when the same person came up with a request to slap him, Sharad was taken by surprise with this silly request. “ I want to slap you for testing my patience, while I watched you playing Devram Khandagle,” he uttered. “ No doubt that you deserved a hug for your performance in this play but I need to punish you to subside my anger towards Devram played by you.” And, it was Sharad, who taking it as a compliment; willingly agreed to that request.
Another big compliment that literally touched Sharad’s heart, came during the show of the same play in Pune’s Bharat Natya Mandir. “A lady who looked poor from her appearance came and complimented me after the show. She was carrying a reward in the form of an envelope and insisted that I accept the same. When I opened, I saw a blank cheque signed by this lady. I accepted it, as it was a biggest award in my life. I am still holding it as the most priced possession, which is laminated and displayed in my house,” he recalls. Playing diverse characters in different serials even on the same day does not bother him much, as being a versatile actor he realizes the change, as soon as he is in a different get-up. The body language and accent changes with spontaneity. No wonder, he is a complete actor.