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'I trust my instincts, hunger and passion'

Archana Mishra, Nov 8, 2013, DHNS:
second innings: Vivek Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi is on cloud nine these days. He has all reasons to be so, as now he has two consecutive commercial hits, Grand Masti and Krrish 3 in his kitty. Vivek gives all the credit to his family who stood by his side in his rough phase and made him overcome the difficult times. “I am the luckiest father and husband,” says Vivek in a candid chat with Metrolife during his short visit to the Capital recently.

“I believe in only one thing bure aur achche waqt mein dimaag kabhi bhi kharaabh nahi hona chaihyee.” Smiling ear to ear, Vivek in his mellow voice says, “Now, when Krrish 3 is doing well at the box office, I will be going on a holiday with my family. I haven’t signed any other film so far. It is a conscious decision to wait for the right script.”

Elated with the success, Vivek avers, his roles in two films pulled him out of his comfort zone. “If an actor starts looking for comfort in a role then it is a big problem. A role has to throw an actor out of his comfort zone and generate the anger and aggressiveness to do justice to a character. Role of Meet in Masti and Kaal pushed me out of that easiness in my life,” says Vivek, who was criticised for doing adult comedy film Grand Masti.


“When I did Masti, people around me were upset. Riteish, Aftab and I faced the flak for it ,” he says. “But Masti was a commercial success.  So, to make Grand Masti different we had to do go below the belt,” says Vivek, agreeing that the film is vulgar. “But the film has done exceptionally well at the box office. It did a business of more than Rs 100 crores,” he says.

He quickly adds on, “Everyone knew it was adult comedy. People can watch films like American Pie and give 4 stars. When it comes to its Indianised version, people become hypocrite.”

Though he brims with confidence, he hasn’t done any solo film of late. On sharing screen space, he says, “When a script comes to me, I don’t look at whether a solo role is being offered to me or not. It’s time when we should get over it.  We don’t talk the same way when we see any Hollywood film.  It’s a preconceived notion that an actor is complete only when he does solo roles,” says Vivek.

This, however, is keeping him away from doing romantic roles like Saathiya.  “There are three things that work in industry - opportunity, talent and fate. These three things define success. To some extent talent is under your control but opportunity and fate are not. So, I really work hard to polish my talent. If a film works it comes with an opportunity. Like recently, I did Jayantabhai ki Love Story. All those who have seen the film have appreciated my work but the film didn’t do well at the box office. I am waiting for the right opportunity to prove that I can still play a romantic hero’s role.”

But all these years he has been experimental with films like Shootout at Lokhandwala, and Rakhtcharitra. “I trust my instincts, hunger and passion to act. It ultimately makes me select roles that are different from others,”says Vivek.

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