Vivek Oberoi, who will make his Tamil debut in Ajith’s 'Vivegam', talks about the experience of shooting for the film, Thala’s culinary skills, and more.
"I was shooting in Mumbai when director Siva met me to narrate the script of the movie. He told me that he wrote the character with me in mind and asked for 30 minutes of my time to hear it out. I took him to my vanity van, and in just 15 minutes of him narrating the script, I stood up, shook his hand and told him that I am doing the film. That is how Vivegam happened. Then, I saw Siva’s Veeram and Vedalam and was amazed at his talent," says the actor.
Vivek Oberoi says that once he joined the sets of the film, he was awed by Ajith’s humility. "I had heard about Shalini ma’am and Ajith anna for the first time when I was doing Saathiya (the Hindi remake of Alaipayuthey). Anna can floor you with his humility. One fine evening, he asked me to meet him in his room. Much to my surprise, he was dressed like a chef and had cooked subzi and dal for us. He is a brilliant cook. He even cooked continental cuisine for the Serbian unit. It was delicious. Similarly, on the sets, we were competing to complement each other. For example, after an intense fight scene, I would tell him that he did well. But he won’t agree and would tell me I was the one who did well. These are memories that I will cherish for a long time," he adds.
When we point out that his huge fan base in Tamil Nadu has been waiting for his Tamil debut for a long time, Vivek smiles and says, "I have been listening to a lot of Tamil scripts in the last 14 years. Especially after I adopted the Devanampattinam village near Cuddalore. Even recently, I heard the script of Singam 3. I am overwhelmed by the warmth and love of Tamil people. But, as an actor, I am choosy and give a nod to a film only when the script is strong. That’s why I accepted Vivegam."
He added, "When the script really has something to offer, I don’t think language is a barrier. Today, we don’t have to limit ourselves as a Bollywood or Tollywood actor. Look at Baahubali - directed by a South Indian, it is the highest earning Hindi movie of all time. Script has become more important than multi-starrer casts."
Vivek further said, "When I say I am choosy, I also mean I ensure to strike a balance between the time I spend on sets and with my family. Apart from being an actor, I am also a father, a husband and a responsible citizen. I also find time to spend with and support over 2 lakh kids, who are suffering from cancer, through my foundation. Besides this, there is Skylimit Wellness, through which we make advanced equipment accessible to patients. I don’t measure my happiness through my bank balance. Real happiness is making people smile. In fact, people tell me I am selfish because I help people to make myself happy."
iFlicks wishes Vivek Oberoi the best of success for his Vivegam.