I be­lieve in liv­ing my life: Vivek Oberoi

Ac­tor Vivek Oberoi talks about his jour­ney in Bol­ly­wood — how he never al­lowed fail­ures in his ca­reer to de­ter his de­ter­mi­na­tion

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Ac­tor Vivek Oberoi (right) started off his ca­reer on a high note, with the film Com­pany (2002). He es­tab­lished him­self as the new heart­throb in Bol­ly­wood with the ro­man­tic drama Saathiya (2002). How­ever, af­ter a se­ries of flops, many film­mak­ers wrote him off, but that didn’t dampen his spir­its.

He says, “I don’t be­lieve in an­a­lyt­ics, I be­lieve in liv­ing my life. If I start spend­ing time analysing my choices, I will not be able to live my life. Suc­cess or fail­ure is very rel­a­tive. If I had be­lieved I failed af­ter Shootout At Lokhand­wala (2007), then I wouldn’t have been around.” He adds, “For me, a sim­plis­tic way of look­ing at life was that if my phone still rings and the other per­son says that ‘I have a role for you in my film,’ I am suc­cess­ful.”

The ac­tor, who has ex­per­i­mented with var­i­ous gen­res and roles, does not be­lieve in cat­e­goris­ing his work. He says, “I have never be­lieved that char­ac­ters are neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive, white or grey. Any­thing that I find in­ter­est­ing, I be­come that per­son and then it’s done.”

Vivek adds he never found it dif­fi­cult to play dif­fer­ent roles. “The minute I am off cam­era, I am done. Af­ter I would fin­ish shoot­ing for a film, it would be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to shake the char­ac­ter off. I be­lieve it’s im­por­tant, other­wise it starts be­com­ing a part of you,” he says.

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