Reinventing the Actor


The box-office hasn't been kind to Vivek Oberoi, but he hopes his experimental phase will bring him back into reckoning.

When your profession becomes just a routine, then it is time to stop and take note. That's exactly what actor Vivek Oberoi did two years ago when his film career failed to motivate him anymore. "When Rakhtcharitra, a film I had given my entire year to, failed to make an impact at the box-office, I was disheartened as well as angry. It was a good film that wasn't marketed well," says Oberoi. He decided to take a break, not sign more films, and instead went on holidays with wife Priyanka Alva. But he was not willing to give up on Bollywood, yet.

During his holidays, the actor continued to read scripts. "As I went through various scripts, I realised that the reason I had stopped enjoying being in films was because I was working without thinking objectively. I decided to do the whole spectrum again and, in the process, signed a number of films, all different in nature," says Oberoi. The first film he signed following that was Kismet, Love, Paisa, Dilli (KLPD). After that he signed others such as Krrish 3, Sher, Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story, Sher, Grand Masti and Zilla Ghaziabad a common thread that linked all was the challenge each of his characters posed for him.

He was appreciated since his first film Company, but over the years he was not able to create the same impact. The fact that he stuck to gangster roles did not help his fate either. "I realised that as an actor I need to push myself as much as I can. Now, I am re-introducing Vivek Oberoi," says he.

In the process, the actor had to learn and unlearn a lot of things. He had to work on his body language and style, which differed with each film. "I did a lot of mirror work, where for hours I used to rehearse my characters in front of the mirror. In Krrish, I play a completely grey character, and in Sher a macho hero. Grand Masti is over the top comedy. Jayantabhai... is where a bhai or don is put in a Saathiya or Jab We Met kind of a situation," says he. Next up, he will also star in Kumar Taurani's new project, a passionate love story produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, and a screen adaptation of a Gujarati play, which he might produce as well.

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