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Vivek Oberoi has lots of expectations

Vivek Oberoi starrer Prince: It’s Show Time releases on Friday. The film has been in the making for a year. The budget is approximately Rs 55 crore, including promotion.

entertainment Updated: Apr 07, 2010 16:39 IST

Vivek Oberoi starrer Prince: It’s Show Time releases on Friday. The film has been in the making for a year. The budget is approximately Rs 55 crore, including promotion. One wonders why so much money is being pumped into a desi-Bond movie that doesn’t even topline a bankable name.

Pritish Nandy of Pritish Nandy Communications points out that there are only six-seven big names that can drive a film. “Half of them, like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan, have their own production houses. So companies like PNC that produce films irrespective of the star quotient, settle for Vivek Oberoi and Imran Khan if they fit the project,” he reasons.

Failed to impress
Tradesmith Amod Mehra points out that presently neither Vivek Oberoi nor Prateik Babbar (launched in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) have proven their mettle as actors. “One has had a string of flops and the other has vanished after one film,” he says.
According to an industry veteran who doesn’t want to be named, Imran Khan (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) has some zing left but has failed to live up to the expectations of his first film. “A strong defining role can make the difference, he is a potential superstar. Even Shahid Kapoor has been struggling for a solo hit after Kaminey even though a he’s dependable actor,” argues the veteran.

Names galore
Tradesmith Vinod Mirani still puts his bet on Shahid Kapoor, along with Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan. “There are a lot of hopes riding on Vivek Oberoi’s Prince too. He hasn’t been seen in a long time, let’s see how he fares,” says Mirani. “Most young actors today need a hit or two, Ranbir is the only one who has sailed through. The top Khans are in their 40s, there’s vacuum waiting to be filled up by mid-range actors.”

Shyam Shroff of Sringar Films is rooting for Imran Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi. “If you take the 10 movies the three have between them, roughly Rs 250 crore is at stake. But I’m confident that given time and faith, the trio will succeed.”Sandeep Bhargava, CEO, Indian Film Company, is also backing Imran Khan, “One of the actors with the youngest face and extremely good in romantic comedies”. Ranbir Kapoor, he agrees, has a lot of promise and potential too, more so since he can carry off even mature roles with elan. “The rest will have to find their way through the competition.”

‘I only saw Neeru on the sets’

I’m not seeing anyone. I only saw Neeru (Bajwa) on the sets. I like to enjoy myself while working. I’m friendly with my team, it’s important to build bonds. But I’m still single and playing around with my toys, of the mechanical kind. I love my bike and my car. I go out flying with my buddies. I’m a carefree bachelor waiting for Ms Right. I’m in no hurry because I don’t want to get into a relationship just for the heck of it. This time when I fall in love, it will be forever.

‘When I walk to my car, I can see people are scared of me’ I was shooting for Prince in Manali when RGV called, saying he had a script. I had been waiting to hear that for years. I asked him if it was like Company. He said, Company ka baap hai. I heard the script, then asked him for a couple of days to study it.

Paritala Ravi was an icon in Andhra Pradesh. I did everything possible to get the look right. I shot with photographer Subi Samuel. RGV loved the pictures. Once, I carried a quetta, the weapon that Ravi used, outside the studio after the shoot. I was walking towards my car when I suddenly realised that people were getting scared and making way. I could see they were scared.

Rakta Charitra is another opportunity to work with the man who created magic with me in Company. It’s the most complex role of my career because on one hand this man had reportedly killed a hundred people and on the other, he was a messiah for the down-trodden masses.

RGV got so used to seeing me as Ravi that he wanted me to play the role even in the Telugu version. I didn’t know the language but he assured me that I would pull it off. I couldn’t sleep the night before, I was so busy practicing my lines. But after the first shot, Ramu hugged me and told me I had a career in Telugu films too.

‘My musical is a Rs 200 crore project’

My musical Kingdom Of Dreams is a Rs 200 crore project. Omung Kumar has created the sets, Javed Akhtar is writing lyrics, Shankar (Mahadevan), Ehsaan (Noorani) and Loy (Mendonsa) are composing the music. Allan Amin has choreographed the action and Neeta Lulla is designing the costumes with Shaimak Dawar choreographing the dances. Wizcraft is known to do extravagant shows. I appreciate the opportunity given to me. I hope to make the most of it.

‘I feel I have returned home after a long exile’

I love RGV. He’s blatantly honest and speaks his mind but he holds no grudges. A long time ago, he had called me to say that he was disappointed by me. He said he had great expectations from me because I was wasting my time. I felt guilty because I knew he was speaking the truth.

I was trapped in the peripherals of stardom and had stopped focusing on my work. But it’s only when you lose opportunities and your position that you realise you were on the wrong track. I was in dreamland, now I have woken up! I feel I have returned home after a long exile.