There’s no respite from realistic roles for Vivek Oberoi. First he played a character based on the late Andhra Pradesh politician Paritala Ravi in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakht Charitra. And now, he will essay the role of Dharamvir Gujjar, a gangster modeled on the lines of Satbir Gujjar, a Ghaziabad-based outlaw, in Zilla Ghaziabad.
Based on the northern gang wars that took place between 1980s and 90s, the Anand Kumar film stars Arshad Warsi as Prakash Fauji, Satbir’s nemesis. His character too is based on a gangster called Mahender Fauji. The film is being helmed by Anand Kumar (Delhii Heights, Jugaad) for producer Vinod Bachchan (Tanu Weds Manu).
It was Vivek’s strength in portraying intense and realistic characters that inspired Anand to cast him. "He has asserted his acting prowess in hard-hitting roles in Company (2002), Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007) and Rakht Charitra (2010)," says Anand, adding that the actor had already started preparing for his role. He will sport a moustache again, but this time it will be coupled with a stubble and short hair.
Apart from toning his physique to look like a small-town gangster, the actor is also working on the Uttar Pradesh dialect. He is perfecting his diction with the writer Vinay Sharma, who is from Ghaziabad. Starting in June, most of the film will be shot in Wai, Maharashtra. Portions will also be filmed in Loni near Ghaziabad, where a lot of the action from the 80s and 90s actually took place.