He may have made his debut as a romantic lead, but Viveik Oberoi is now burning up the big screen as an all-action hero. After his turn in last year's hit flick Shootout At Lokhandwala, Viveik is playing commando Rizwaan Khan in Apoorva Lakhia'a Mission Istanbul, and for his latest, unnamed flick with Tips Films, he is learning Parkour.
"It's a martial art where you fly through the air without a cable," said Viveik (think Akshay Kumar in the Thums Up ad and the opening scene of Casino Royale). The adrenaline junkie says, "It's great fun. But at the same time, it's a lot of effort too. I am training for it with a guy from London called Drew Alxendrou. He is teaching me the basics. We practise at a converted warehouse in Mumbai."
Besides Parkour, Viveik is also learning a martial arts form called Muay Thai. "It's basically a mix of Thai kick boxing and Akido. It's amazing, one can actually block and disarm the opponent without any weapons," raves Viveik.
The actor believes that even in action movies an actor will need to change his look, only here it's more about changing the body silhoutte. "For Mission Istanbul, I pumped up with a protein-rich diet. But for this film - because it's all about martial arts - I need an athletic body So all the proteins are out and my nutri . tionist has put me on an organic diet. It's already working as I've started feeling more energetic. Going natural is showing on me."
In Mission Istanbul he plays a commando, Rizwaan Khan. "There have been commando characters before, like Rambo. But Rizwaan is different. He's uber-cool and has this lazy arrogance about himself... he's utterly confident. He could be in a situation with rifles and gun pointing at him and would still crack a smart joke."
After amping up the action in these two films, Viveik returns to his favourite genre, romance, with a Karan Johar film. Co-starring Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, it will be directed by Renzil D'Silva, who scripted Rang De Basanti. "Kareena, Saif and I worked together in Omkara and I'm hoping we manage to create the same cinematic experience once again."