The reason why Omi Vaidya, best known as Chatur from his hilarious debut in 3 Idiots, chose to risk doing television immediately after his film is simple: “I don’t really think about all those things. The show I am doing for Disney will cater to kids from the age of six to 12, not everyone will be watching it,” says the actor, when asked whether he feels his novelty value will reduce if he is suddenly seen on a TV show.
Playing a creep
But looking only to do interesting roles, Vaidya is enjoying every moment of working in Indian television. He will be seen on the channel’s popular show, Kya Mast Hai Life, as a guest character, which the actor describes as a creepy weird man. “Disney is an enormous brand in America, and I wanted to see what their way of working was like over here, because I had some plans to work some stuff out with them.” When asked whether this content could be a film, he refused to comment.
“As a child, growing up in the US means a lot of exposure to Disney. I remember how Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse were household names, engrained so well in our memories,” says he, who only took up the role because it was different from what he was being offered until then. “I keep getting offered Chaturs to play. After people saw me in 3 Idiots, I got lots of similar offers. I am tired and bored of playing Chatur, there is no excitement left. I want to play un-Chaturlike roles now,” says the actor, who is still in the process of learning how to speak Hindi. “Mushkil (difficult),” he says in a heavy American accent, before breaking into a laugh.
US v/s India
With plans to do more advertisements in the coming few months, Vaidya needs to ‘believe in his work’ before taking up a project. Which is why he took three months to be convinced to play the role of Chatur in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. “I took a while to accept his offer because I have to really like the work I am doing; I have to be interested in it. In India, we dedicate half a year or may be a year to a certain project. While in the US, we work only for three months under a very organised system and strict contract,” says the actor, who will be soon seen in some theatrical projects in the coming months.