On Road to elite Company
EVEN as his second film Road gears up for release, Vivek Oberoi, the hottest find of Bollywood, says he is open to criticism. He's the hottest star on the block today with producers falling over each other to sign him. While actresses are dying to work with him, actors are making discreet enquiries. With Company, Vivek Oberoi has certainly arrived in style. His second film Road, promises to put Vivek on the road to superstardom. Here's the Boy Wonder in a free-wheeling interview.
Are you apprehensive about Road? What are your expectations from the film?
Look, I have no
expectations from the film. I never expect anything from any of my
films. I just want them to do well. I hope Road does well because
it's a film with a completely different storyline. If it is received
well, it will open up doors for all kinds of cinema. I did Road
because I wanted to be part of such a film.
Working with Ramuji's unit is always exciting. I wanted to be part of Varma production again after Company. I had a great time on the sets. Working with Ramuji is a constant learning process. Manoj Bajpai is said to be the scene stealer of the film. Manoj is simply brilliant in the film. He has got an author-backed role. Mine is not that kind of a role. I have learnt a lot as an actor after working with him. He is so awesome in front of the camera. I feel it's his best performance till date.
You lived in a Mumbai slum for a month before playing Chandu Nagre in Company. Did you do any homework for Road?
No, I have not done anything of that sort. Road is a different film and I have just tried to live up to my director's vision. I have done what he asked me to. While some people might love me in the film, some might not. A certain section of the media has termed you arrogant. Look, these are people I refused to give an interview to when I was under a contract with the Varma Corporation. I explained to them that it was part of my contract. But they went ahead and billed me arrogant. That was rather childish! The way they have formed their opinion without meeting me even once is ridiculous. But then, as I told you, I'm open to all kinds of opinions, especially, if they are based on fiction and imagination!
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