No other actor, other than Vivek Oberoi, in the recent times has seen the star status being taken away from him no sooner than it was bestowed upon him. After films like Company and Saathiya, sky was there for an asking for Vivek Oberoi who could have fit in comfortably into any role. However, that was not to be! What went wrong?
Born to a Tamil mother and a Punjabi father, a highly respected actor in the Indian Film Industry, Bollywood calling was a given for the Oberoi Junior!!
Vivek made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s Company recieving rave reviews and numerous awards . Next, he starred in Saathiya (2002) directed by Shaad Ali. The film was a big hit at the and earned him a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category. Standing toe to toe with Shah Rukh Khan himself, Vivek held onto his own receiving applauds and accolades alike, the film was a big hit at the box office and earned him a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category. With this, a new star was born!!
However,the unthinkable happened, on 31st March 2003;
Vivek Oberoi called a press conference on Tuesday where he claimed he had received threats from Salman Khan.
The actor said Salman called him on his cell phone throughout the night of March 29, accusing him of “physical relationships with Aishwarya Rai, Diya Mirza, Rani Mukherjee and Somy Ali, whom I met some seven years ago.”
Oberoi said Salman was drunk, abusive and threatened to come to his house and assault him. Salman called him 41 times that night.
What was meant to be press conference for justice turned to a mockery, people called it a publicity stunt, a way to go one up of a superstar, being envy of a successful person,a career suicide. Thus, going from a future superstar, to internally the industry’s most hated actor.
His alleged relationship with Aishwarya Rai didn’t help matters either.
Vivek Oberoi couldn’t handle instant stardom, he lost his bearings the moment his initial films turned into a success. The moment he became a star, he started calling the shots on the film’s sets and didn’t even allow some of his directors to look at the monitor and check the scenes.
It is known to quite a few film followers that there was a time when he was offered films like Hum Tum, Bunty Aur Babli and quite recently even Om Shanti Om, which for reasons known to him, he refused!
Aditya Chopra had remarked – ‘Vivek, you have in you to become Shah Rukh Khan. However, you can’t be because today “already” you think that you are Shah Rukh Khan!
Films like “Kyun Ho Gaya Na”, “Fool N Final”, “Kaal”, “Mission Istanbul”, “Kisna” and “Prince” failed to strike a similar chord with the audience.’People salute the sunrise not the sunset’; Close friends and well wishers soon left his side; Aishwarya too moved on.
He had a few films which kept his star status afloat;he appeared in films like Omkara, Shootout at Lokhandwala and Kurbaan, in which his performances won the hearts of the junta and critics alike.
But the string of flops continued to haunt him,movies like ‘Prince’, ‘Kismat Love Paisa Dilli’ and ‘Jayantibhai ki Love Story’ failed to impress the audiences.
He soon would be seen as a villian in Krish 3 and the sequel to his hit comedy Masti; ‘Grand Masti’.
With new starlets like Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh and others joining the Youth brigade. Vivek Oberoi, the super star in the making, the promising youth icon, the heartthrob of many, has turned out to be just another actor.
Birthday: September, 1976
Marital Status: Previously got engaged with Gurpreet Gill in 2002 but broke later. Then he married Priyanka Alva, daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva on 29th October 2010.
Occupation : Film actor
Years active : 2002-present
Awards: Film Fare Best Debut Award (2003) for Company, Film Fare Supporting Actor Award (2003) for Company, Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer Male (2003) for Company, Zee Cine Award Best Male Debut (2003) for Company, Zee Cine Best Actor In A Supporting Role Male Debut (2003) for Company, Bollywood Movie Award Best Male Debut(2003) for Company, Bollywood Movie Award Best Supporting Actor (2007) for Omkara, Stardust Superstar Of Tomorrow Male (2003) for Road and Company both, Stardust Best Supporting Actor (2005) for yuva, Stardust Award for “STANDOUT Performance Of The Year” (2008) for Shootout At Lokhandwala, IIFA Best Villain Award (2008) for Shootout At Lokhandwala.
Trivia: Brought up by a combo of Punjabi father and a Tamil mother.The Oberoi son was recently given the award of a Red And White Bravery Award for helping re-build a village which was hit severly by the Tsunami and it was immediately adopted by him. The Oberoi Family together set up the Yashodhara Oberoi Foundation to help those in need. He worked with Project Hope for the relief of the victims of 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and this earned him Good Samaritan Award from Rotary International.
Education : Mayo College in Ajmer. He went to an actor’s workshop in London and there was chosen by the director of New York University who took Vivek off to New York where he completed his Masters Degree in film acting.
Path Breaking Film : Shootout at Lokhandwala
Little Known :
Broke a leg while filming for a Mani Ratnam film and was hospitalized. He needed surgery, was in intensive care and his condition was quite serious for a couple of days.
Abstains from smoking, drinking and doesn’t drink tea or coffee.
Has two boxers who are like his children – Duke and Ivy
One of his nicknames is “Rockstar”
Turned down a part in Guru.
“I have no regrets the way my career has shaped up, my wife still feels that I am the best.”
What could have been a career of a superstar, turned out to be a story of If’s and But’s.