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A real hero

He has won more fans working with tsunami-hit people



Vivek Oberoi at a relief camp in Cuddalore. — Photo: AFP

WHEN A star meets dust, its shooting part is deemed to be over. Not quite true when it comes to Vivek Oberoi, because he has added shine to his status by adopting Devanapattinam, a village in Nagapattinam, which was ravaged by the tsunami. It has been adopted by Project Hope, an organisation formed by Vivek and father Suresh Oberoi in cooperation with the local administration, along with Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh.

On the acting front though, Vivek is facing the acid test all over again, with Subhash Ghai's Kisna slated for release. Playing a warrior poet in the period saga, Vivek says: "I am a bit of both in real life." Set in the British period, it is the story of a boy from the hills who meets a British girl in unusual circumstances.

The actor wears his modesty on his sleeve but is known for his attitude on the sets. "For Kisna, I went to the sets like a student, and whatever Subhash sir told me to do, I followed it to the best of my ability." Vivek promised the sky after the success of Company and Saathiya, but has yet to deliver. He has had a Masti here, a Yuva there, which underline his natural gift but fail to translate into much more. And after wasting his talent in films liken Dum and Kyon... Ho Gaya Na, he has again turned to big banners for that elusive winner. "Things are not as simple. I am no Shah Rukh, at whose gates directors line up and who can pick and choose roles. In my case, it is the directors who make the choice. I worked with the Yash Raj banner in Saathiya. Unfortunately, Dum could not show as much strength in the final product as it showed at the scripting stage. Kyon... literally made me wonder why I worked in the film. Now, I am working with Karan Johar in Kaal."

Take him to his past when he saw his talented father not getting his due. Is this finding a reflection in his outlook towards Bollywood? "Not really. My father got the respect and the work he deserved. I agree he didn't have a hero's face. But I don't either."

ANUJ KUMAR

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