In actor Vivek Oberoi’s own words, he’s at present ‘feeling right on top of the world’ and understandably so. After all, not only is he going great guns professionally, with five films on the floors and another three waiting to take off, but there’s even more happiness on the homefront, with wife Priyanka and he expecting their first child. “It’s just been so amazing. I wake up smiling each day and thanking God for everything. There’s just so much to be thankful for… I’m absolutely overwhelmed,” says the excited dad-to-be.
So is he finally in a content space? “No, content would be a wrong word to explain it all. I’m happy, at peace, but there’s no time to sit back and enjoy contentment. Maybe once I am 70 I will call myself content (laughs), but right now there’s just too much excitement. I am hungry for more work, and there’s this eagerness to just go all out and do the best I can,” says the actor. Juggling his roles in all shades, right from playing the super-villain in Krissh 3 to revealing his quirky side in Kismat Love Paisa Dilli and from comedy in Grand Masti to action in Zilla Ghaziabad, Vivek insists that as an actor he wants to tap ‘all the colours of the rainbow’. “I want to make the most of this second innings and give it more than a 100 per cent. The fact that all the genres are so different makes it all the more interesting and each role comes with its own challenge. And that’s what I am looking at… challenging myself and taking one step forward with each film,” he says.
Five back-to-back films, but all in different genres. Ask him if the audience will find it easy to accept him as a hero in one and a villain in another and he replies in the affirmative. “I think that the audience is only looking for meaningful entertainment and they have a bigger appetite than ever before, so I don’t see why they won’t accept one actor in all avatars — good and evil. In fact, that’s what I think is the most exciting thing at present, there’s room for all kinds of cinema and the vision is broad enough to validate risks too,” elaborates Vivek.
But films apart, the actor – who’s known for his philanthropic ways — is now lending support to yet another cause. The actor will be walking the ramp with his mother (Yashodhara Oberoi) at a show hosted by Mehul Choksi and Anu Ranjan in support of the NGO Beti, which is trying to raise money for the reconstructive surgeries of acid attack victim Sonali Mukherjee. “For me my mom has been the biggest inspiration and my ideal. I have seen her work relentlessly for various social causes for over 30 years now. So I feel that as public figures if we can make a difference to even one life, then why not? The cause of the girl-child is something that I very strongly believe in supporting. When I read about Sonali, I was shocked by the brutality of such an action but her courage has amazed me. She and people like her are the true heroes, who fight such battles each day. And in this I want to lend any support that I can,” adds Vivek. firstname.lastname@example.org