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    “I Just Want to Feed to the Sharks,” says Vivek Oberoi

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Wednesday, September 06, 2006
    “I just want to feed to the sharks,” says Vivek Oberoi. Well, the talented actor loves to give bold sound bytes. Although he hasn’t had much success coming his way, he is putting up a brave front as he gears up for his next release ‘Naksha’ co-starring Sunny Deol and Sameera Reddy. Having attained critical acclaim for his debut film ‘Company’, and commercial viability with ‘Saathiya’ opposite Rani Mukherjee, Oberoi hasn’t had much going right for him. A string of flops in ‘Home Delivery’ and ‘Pyaare Mohan’ and a failed relationship with Aishwarya Rai doesn’t seem to have dampened his Joy Quotient. He also celebrated his 30th birthday a couple of days ago with 250 underpriviledged children. Over to an IndiaGlitz Exclusive.

    What’s your character in ‘Naksha’ all about?

    Vicky is the name of my character. He is quite lighthearted, keeps on fooling around with people, if somebody takes a panga with him then he has had it, loves his Mom, keeps on pulling his elder brother’s legs, fights around at the slightest provocation. He also has a serious side to him that involves his father. His father passed away when he was six or seven. He has this regret that he couldn’t really find his father. And then he carries on the work or dream left unfinished by his father.

    How is the chemistry between Sunny Deol and you?

    Sunny Bhayya and I have an interesting relationship. He is a step-brother, there’s a lot of age difference. Although my character respects him a lot but there’s a tussle between the two as well. The elder brother doesn’t believe in the younger brother’s aspirations and that leads to several humorous situations.

    Naksha seems to be a film about Treasure Hunt….

    The film raises the curiosity. And that’s what we wanted while making the film. When Sachin wrote the script, then we deliberately kept in mind that it shouldn’t be a copy of western films. We have taken out instances from our desi Hindustani, mythology to take the film forward.

    You’ve been accident prone, so how careful were you while doing the stunts this time around…..

    Who said that! (Laughs)….Actually there was a phase where I had several accidents, but that phase is gone now. During the entire making of ‘Naksha’ I didn’t get hurt even once. I think it’s the blessings of all the people who love me, care for me, pray for me…And Allan Amin are such fantastic action director that I’ve never had a problem. He has always taken care of me. He is a friend, almost an elder brother.

    What is bow and arrow doing in the film?

    You’ll have to see that in the film…Sunny Bhayya is using the bow and arrow.

    It’s an adventure film, so what was your first reaction when you were approached for this film?

    I actually didn’t want to do this film. But my friend threatened me, you’ve seen him, he weighs around 130 kgs and said that if you don’t do this film, I shall sit on top of you (Laughs).

    It’s being said that you scared Sameera Reddy

    It was good fun. Sameera is a good friend whom I know from before. She is quite tough. And is ready to do what other heroines may not be keen to do. We would just stand on a great height almost at the edge of the cliff and then I used to say that what will happen if the cable breaks or if someone falls from that. But at the end of the day, she was sport enough to do all the stunts herself.

    You’ve done rafting in fast rapids…

    Allan Amin took the responsibility. The locals in New Zealand said that rafting in six degree rapids is as close to death. When we had to do it than due to continuity we didn’t wear even helmets. Even the experts along with us were wearing helmets. But we did it. Sunny Bhayya just looked at us and said…Karen…And I said if you are doing it, then I am doing it as well.

    What are the adventure sports that you like?

    I love all water sports…I love sailing, water skiing, mountain climbing, I love trekking….I am going to deep sea diving…In fact I am going for deep sea diving now…I just want to feed to the sharks.

    How are the special effects in the film?

    I think the special effects are great. The whole crumbling of the set, the entire collapsing of the place, the recreation of the temple that’s not there. I am very excited.

    Something about the music of the film

    ‘You n I’ is my favourite number. It’s a rocking number. Very very cool. We had a lot of fun shooting it. I’ve been partying a lot and I hear it a lot.


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