Murli Sharma is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Bollywood, Tollywood, and television. He is widely known for portraying a cop on screen and considered one of the finest character artistes of his generation across the country. Sharma has starred in over sixty feature films, including Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Malayalam cinema. Sharma gained wide recognition in television with Doordarshan's Paltan in which he plays the lead role of Col. R.S. Sajwan. Sharma has appeared in various soap operas such as Guns and Roses, Siddanth, Laagi Tujhse Lagan, Mahayagya, Viraasat, Zindhagi Teri Meri Kahani, Rishtey, Humne lee hain shapath, and Rangeela Ratan Sisodia. In contemporary cinema, he has appeared in critically and commercially successful films such as Maqbool (2003), Main Hoon Na (2004), Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), Apaharan (2005), Black Friday (2007), Golmaal Returns (2008), Chal Chala Chal (2009), Dabangg (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), OMG: Oh My God! (2012), Chakravyuh (2012), Baby (2015), Badlapur (2015), Dharam Sankat Mein (2015), ABCD 2 (2015), and Dilwale (2015). Sharma has appeared in Telugu super hits such as Athidi (2007), for which he received the state Nandi Award for Best Villain, Kantri (2008), Oosaravelli (2011), Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (2012), Yevadu (2013), Gopala Gopala (2015), and Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (2015).