The stage was set for what was touted to be one of Punjab's many starry nights. To this excitement, actor Vivek Oberoi was adding his own infectious energy, as he practiced for his performance. "It's for the first time that I'm going to be performing in Punjab. I'm very excited, especially because I'm a Punjabi. I'm coming back to my roots and it will be fun to interact with the whole fraternity," he expressed in anticipation. Even though the rain gods played spoilsport and forced the organisers to postpone holding the annual PTC Punjabi film Awards, we had no reason to complain as we got to chat with Vivek.
Talking more about his Punjabi connection, the actor says, "Before the Partition, our family was based in Gujranwala and Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan). My mother's family is from Amritsar. I remember going to the gurdwara with my dadi (grandmother) when I was growing up. I still recite the Japji Sahib. In fact, whenever I come to Chandigarh, I make it a point to visit Nada Sahib."
This reminds us of our last interaction with him, when Vivek had expressed a desire to pay obeisance at Harmandir Sahib along with his son Vivaan. To this, the actor says, "I haven't managed to do so since Vivaan is too little. Nikka jeha hai haje. But, when he gets a little older and is comfortable while travelling, we'll definitely go."Apart from being a father, the success of his recent films Krrish 3 and Grand Masti also bring a smile to Vivek's face. "I'm so thankful (for their success). It's been a very special year for me. Also, the TV show India's Best Dramebaz (which he co-judged) was a huge hit. And above all, I have got my own superhero in diapers," he laughs. Even though Grand Masti was given an 'A' certificate, Vivek says he was surprised to see audience's reaction. "I was shocked when I went to Delhi for the film's promotions and saw women in their 30s and 40s enjoying the film and whistling at the scenes," he laughs.
Vivek has been taking it slow and easy in the professional arena ever since he settled down in his personal life with wife Priyanka. The actor of hit films including Company (2002), Saathiya, Masti and Omkara, Vivek is excited to be able to do justice to varied roles. "I have always enjoyed doing challenging roles. For me, it was stimulating to play a character that makes people laugh (in Grand Masti) and 45 days later, scare them (in Krrish 3). That's what keeps me going as an actor," he says.
Despite both his films raking in enough moolah to have made it to the elite R100 crore club, the actor insists he doesn't believe in this money-backed hype. "I have got a whole bunch of awards this year for being a part of the 'power club. But, I personally believe that a good film is a good film. For instance, when we watch Mother India, we don't recall how much business it did because it's a cult film. Similarly for Saathiya. No one has ever asked me how much it earned, they just tell how they loved it," he explains.
For some time now, the actor has been wanting to take a break before starting on new projects and that time might be now. "I want to spend quality time with my son since I have been working continuously. I think I will start work again in May or June, though I'm now cautious about what I want to do next," he resolves, adding that there might be an announcement to be made soon.