Actor Vivek Oberoi made his film debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s Company in 2002 that was a massive hit at the box office. Vivek won the Filmfare Best Debut and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film. But before bagging Company, he went through almost a year and a half of struggles standing outside production offices trying to do auditions and not telling anybody who his father was and dropped his last name. In an interview with Bollywood Bubble’s show Memory Lane, the Saathiya actor said, “In India the one thing that you get a lot and absolutely free is advise and most of it is rubbish right don’t be an actor it’s a very risky industry do this arey actor aesa thodi hota hai aesa hota hai star aesa hota hai and then finally I had my opportunity when I found out Mr Ram Gopal Varma was casting for Company”.
He also went on to reveal of not having for 18 months after the success of his 2007 film, Shootout At Lokhandwala. He said it in reference to a few people of the industry controlling the Bollywood media earlier. Vivek said, “Earlier if you controlled 10-15 people you could control the Bollywood media yeah and unfortunately those five to ten people in Bollywood controlled those 10 to 15 people in media and put out whatever they wanted and the truth was created so perception is stronger than truth yeah at that time to especially and people played that.”
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Then he added, “So I’ll give you an example, Shootout At Lokhandwala we just spoke about…huge blockbuster of the year..massive massive film. The role that I played became almost cult-like people said that when you talk about gangster roles it’s up there in your portrayals commercial success, critical acclaim Awards everything. What logic says then after that an actor like that should sit at home for 18 months and not get work that’s not a possibility that’s something that was created for whatever reasons“.
Vivek also said that things have changed now and OTT has brought that democracy and if one is talented he or she will shine.
Here’s the full interview of Vivek Oberoi here.
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