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Vivek Oberoi returns to gangster mode

After playing Chandu and Maya Dolas, actor signs up to play don again in Bejoy Nambiar’s next, David, which also stars Tabu

bollywood Updated: Jan 14, 2012 14:55 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

He kicked off his Bollywood career by playing Chandu Nagre— loosely based on underworld don Chhota Rajan — in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company (2002). Later, Vivek Oberoi portrayed Maya Dolas in the 2007 hit, Shootout At Lokhandwala. And now, the actor is set to don his famed gangster avatar once again in Bejoy Nambiar’s next David. The Shaitan director’s second outing also stars Tabu and Isha Sharvani, besides south star Vikram, who was last seen in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan (2010).

“David is a gangster’s love story, but is far from being a run-of-the-mill sort. It is likely to hit the floors by January-end or mid-February. Vivek plays the central part in it,” reveals a unit insider.

When contacted, Bejoy did not deny the news. He says: “We are in talks with many actors. An official announcement will soon be made about other actors. Let’s wait and watch.” Apparently, the

director has been working on David’s script for almost five years now. In fact, he is believed to have written it long before Shaitan (2011) was made.

Incidentally, a few days ago, filmmaker Sanjay Gupta had also confirmed that Vivek was “signed on to play a budding don” in Shootout At Wadala. But the actor is no longer a part of the film. “We have decided not to go ahead with him. After narrating the script, Ekta (Kapoor, co-producer) and I realised we need a bigger and exciting star,” says Gupta, adding that they are already in talks with other actors for the role. Vivek was supposed to play a character based on Dawood Ibrahim in the prequel to Shootout At Lokhandwala.

First Published: Jan 14, 2012 14:52 IST