‘We made Saif run top­less’

As Omkara com­pletes 11 years to­day, Vivek Oberoi talks about his mem­o­ries of work­ing in the film

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal

Vishal Bharad­waj’s gritty crime drama Omkara, adapted from Wil­liam Shake­speare’s play Othello, is still etched in peo­ple’s minds. The film starred Ajay Devgn Saif AliKhan, Vivek Oberoi, (right) and Ka­reena Kapoor Khan. The story re­volved around how a po­lit­i­cally-minded en­forcer’s trust in his lieu­tenant led him to sus­pect his wife of in­fi­delity. As the film cel­e­brates its 11th an­niver­sary to­day, we talk to Vivek about his ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in the film.

How did you pre­pare for the role of Kesu Fi­rangi?

I didn’t do much for the role. My char­ac­ter had gone to col­lege, and could speak English, so I got away by not learn­ing the typ­i­cal di­alect that Ajay and Saif had to speak in.

How was your char­ac­ter (Kesu) dif­fer­ent from Cas­sio’s char­ac­ter in the orig­i­nal Shake­speare play?

The play doesn’t ex­plain the na­ture of re­la­tion­ship between Othello and Cas­sio. In the film, the re­la­tion­ship between Kesu and Omkara or Omi Bhaiya, as he calls him, is shown beau­ti­fully.

This was your fifth film with Ajay Devgn af­ter you de­buted with him in Com­pany. Was it dif­fer­ent shoot­ing with him in Omkara?

By the time we shot for Omkara, Ajay had be­come like an el­der brother to me. For Omkara, I was like his

as­sis­tant when it came to play­ing pranks. We played one on Saif.

What did you guys do?

We were shoot­ing for a scene in the Prayag tem­ple, and we had heard that a few real ‘bahubalis’ [UP gang­sters] wanted to “kid­nap us”. So luck­ily, me and Ajay were done, and we were ready to leave on the chop­per. Saif was yet to shoot his scenes, and we teased him say­ing things like “We are go­ing yaar, our shoot is over.” We had just sat in the chop­per, when we saw Saif bolt­ing to­wards us, run­ning top­less in a dhoti! It was hi­lar­i­ous.

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