‘I don’t want to piggyback on Vivek Oberoi’
Says Akshay Oberoi who makes a debut with Rajshri’s Isi Life Mein. He went through the “struggling actor drill” in Bollywood before Rajshri chose him.entertainment Updated: Nov 19, 2010 18:04 IST
At 19, Akshay went to Los Angeles to study theatre at the Stella Adler Conservatory, where the likes of Al Pachino and Marlyn Brando have also honed their skills. He has also studied theatre under Hollywood actors John Astin and Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings and performed with them on stage.
But he went through the "struggling actor drill" in Bollywood. Says he, "I made my rounds to production houses before Rajshri chose me." Akshay, who plays Vivaan in Vidhi Kasliwal’s Isi Life Mein, adds, "It wasn’t difficult to play Vivaan as he is a lot like me in real life, except he is a much better person than I am. In spite of being an economics major, he is passionate about theatre and acting and spends a lot of his time with the dramatics society in his college."
Even though Akshay claims that the film is a departure from Rajshri’s earlier products and their morals have been adapted to modern thought, the characters are still innocent.
“There is a certain purity in the characters. You will see me yelling at my father and storming out of the room as he wants me to give up on my dreams and become a businessman, but you will also see a repentant side.”
He also recently got to meet Salman Khan, who is making a cameo appearance in the film. “Even though we are all newcomers, he was very respectful and encouraging. I wish I was sharing screen space with him!”says Akshay.