Vivek Anand Oberoi is one actor who has always believed in pushing the envelope. When the whole Bollywood was playing safe by working in formulaic films in the early 2000s, he took huge risks, much before taking risks became cool in Bollywood. There’s a certain inexplicable foresight that the actor has which makes him true maverick when it comes to films. His ability to subvert the traits of his characters to move on to other parts, further cements this belief. Be it the destructive streak of his character in Company, his boyish charm in Saathiya or the boiling rage in Yuva, the actor has approached each part by plunging into their inner depths and injecting a heady mix of internal conflicts to his characters.
As the actor celebrates his birthday today, let’s look at some of his film that prove his finesse.
1. Company: For his first film, Vivek decided to work with a highly experimental director like Ram Gopal Varma. The actor made a sensational debut with the RGV’s Company that catapulted him to overnight success. Calling his debut performance, “outstanding” would be an understatement.
2. Yuva: His was actually the most defined character arc in Mani Ratnam’s Yuva, an aimless fresh out of college graduate who later transforms into a responsible and serving politician. Vivek’s astute vision caught the pulse of the character, and needless to say it’s truly one of the remarkable performances in the past few decades of Hindi cinema.
3. Omkara: He yet again exhibited his flair for offbeat choices when he worked with Vishal Bhardwaj in the latter’s Shakespearean crime drama Omkara. He played Keshav Firangi, Omkara’s trusted aide and his character was central to the film as the rise of Keshav became the bone of contention and the bloodbath that followed.
4. Rakht Charitra: Vivek joined forces with RGV once again for the two part Rakht Charitra. He nailed the character of a guy devastated by his family’s murder who turns to the world of crime. It won’t be wrong to say that RGV brings the best out in him.
All these films have a shelf – life that can put even the most treasured antiques to shame thereby, proving the genius of him as an actor.