Vivek Anand Oberoi: The south film industry takes a very different advance, which is incredible
Vivek Anand Oberoi: The south film industry takes a very different approach, which is incredible – Times of India
While Vivek Anand Oberoi has done a variety of films in his career in the Hindi film industry, he has occasionally picked up projects from the South, too, to push his boundaries. While Rakta Charitra (2010) marked his debut in Telugu cinema, more recently, he has been seen in films like Vivegam (Tamil), Lucifer (Malayalam) and Rustum (Kannada). His next outing is the Malayalam actioner Kaduva, which is set in the 1990s and will see him locking horns with Prithviraj Sukumaran. “As an actor, it’s important for me to understand the milieu in which the film is set,” he says, adding, “Irrespective of whether it’s an out-and-out commercial film or a content-driven project, I create a backstory for my character and understand the motives which drive his actions. Whether I play the good guy or the bad guy, I approach every role with the same level of sincerity and aim to make it as genuine as possible.”
Elaborating about working in the south film industry, Vivek who has shared screen space with renowned actors like Ajith and Ram Charan, shares, “It takes a very different approach, especially Malayalam cinema. Clubbing them under one bracket is not fair because each industry has its own identity, peculiarities and specialities. What I like about Malayalam cinema is their innovation in storytelling and the intricacy with which they write their screenplays. Malayalam cinema never had enough money to make big scale films. The size of their content has grown considerably. Lucifer was big budget-wise and so is Kaduva. Even with big budgets, it’s now part of their DNA to work with detailed storytelling and engage people, sometimes even without a visual spectacle.”
“The reason I love working in the South Indian film industries is because I have built wonderful relationships across industries. Working there is like working with friends. They have innovative ideas and there is a strong potential to bring them to the Hindi speaking audience. The other thing is the commercial success, which the south has been able to provide well,” he signs off.