Abhijat Joshi was born on 1 December 1969, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Abhijat received his primary education in Gujarati medium from Shree Vidyanagar High School in Ahmedabad. He gained his higher education and qualifications from Shri H.K. Arts College, (With Bagal thela group) Gujarat University. He did his M.A. in English with distinction. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Austin.
During 1992 Gujarat riots, Abhijat wrote a critically acclaimed theatre production, “A Shaft of Sunlight”, which led director Vidhu Vinod Chopra employ him in his films as a screen writer. Their collaboration resulted into two films titled Kareeb and Mission Kashmir. Furthermore, he collaborated with Chopra as a screenwriter for other movies such as Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014) and Sanju (2018). He then soared to high ranks with his screen writing skills for several successful films like Wazir, Broken Horses, Nanban, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, and among others. He has been the recipient of several awards including National Film Awards for Best Screenplay for the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2007, Filmfare Awards for Best Story and Best Dialogue for 3 Idiots, and Filmfare Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Dialogue for PK. He also won Screen Awards for Best Story for Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and Best Dialogue and Best Screenplay for 3 Idiots including Best Dialogue for PK. He won IIFA awards for Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Dialogue for 3 Idiots, and twice for Best Dialogue for Lage Raho Munnabhai and PK. He received Zee Cine Awards for Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Dialogue for Lage Raho Munna Bhai. He also garnered Bollywood Movie Awards for Best Story and Best Dialogue for Lage Raho Munnabhai and Global Indian Film Awards for Best Story and Best Dialogue for Lage Raho Munnabhai. He was the winner of Star Guild Award for Best Dialogue for the film PK.
Some of his notable works include:
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Since 2003, Joshi is a professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He is married and has a daughter. In 2015, he wrote the screenplay for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood flick Broken Horses. He has been writing the script for the third film of the Munnabhai series.