Karnataka-ka-Damad (son-in-law of Karnataka) was the sobriquet that today greeted Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who is all set to tie the knot with 28-year Bangalorean Priyanka Alva later this month.
"Today I was referred to as Karnataka-ka-damad, instead of the usual terms like actor or hero when I arrived," said Vivek, who has already picked up some Kannada words like "Yellarigu Namaskara" (Namaste to all) and "Swalpa Swalpa"(little little).
Vivek, 34, was here to participate in an awards press meet and promote his film Rakth Charitra slated for an October 22 release.
"I am excited about my marriage and nervous about my film," said the would-be-bridegroom, who is also keeping his fingers crossed over the Ram Gopal Verma directed film and his marriage, both of which are to take place later this month.
His fiancee, Priyanka Alva, daughter of danseuse Nandini Alva and JD(U) leader late Jeevaraj Alva, he says, "is also looking forward to the film."Vivek says Priyanka loved his role in films like Company and Saathya and after watching the rushes of his new film, hoped he (Vivek) would not get that angry with her in real life.
Though the film has him playing a role inspired by slain Andhra leader Paritala Ravi, Vivek says personally he is a non-smoker and a non-violent person.
"It is my profession and I have to play roles as my profession demands", he said.
"In real life I do not smoke and on screen I avoid it unless the character demands it. In this film too the character demanded it so I had to smoke on-screen," he says.