Actor Vivek Oberoi has found an admirer in Hollywood actress Naomi Watts. Not for his reel work, but for the real social work that he does off screen. Impressed with his relief efforts that he carried out way back in 2004 in the tsunami hit region of Thevanapattinam in Tamil Nadu, the actress has sent him a letter commending him for it. According to sources, Naomi was deeply moved when she heard that Vivek has been involved in providing welfare for those affected and in the letter has appreciated his contribution towards rehabilitating the tsunami hit families in the Indian sub-continent.
The actress, who portrays the role of the tsunami victim in her upcoming film The Impossible wrote that it was while shooting for the film that she “came close to realising the unimaginable grief and pain the families must have gone through in December 2004 when the Tsunami hit their shores... I can only imagine how tough it must have been for people like Maria Belon (on whom the film is based), who actually survived the devastation, to move forward”. Appreciating Vivek’s work there, she wrote, “It takes a lot of courage and immense devotion to be able to take up such a responsibility on one’s shoulders... As a celebrity it is important for us to realise that we can act as catalysts for change but unfortunately few take any real measures. Your effort to bridge this gap deserves appreciation from all quarters. I salute you on behalf of the entire team of The Impossible for adopting Thevanapattinam and providing relief work to the Tsunami victims.”
Talking about the letter, Vivek revealed that he was deeply moved by it. “To be honest, I was quite surprised that an international star like Naomi Watts knows about the work I did in Thevanapattinam. After the initial surprise, I was very happy and touched. It was a nice feeling,” the actor said.
While at an event, Vivek also spoke about the recent incident where a Delhi girl was brutally gang-raped and who is now fighting for life in a Singapore hospital. The actor insisted that to put a stop to crimes against women, men need to be sensitised towards them. Vivek also said that it is important to channelise the anger and hurt correctly. “The impact should be tangible,” he added.