‘I don’t want to piggyback on Vivek Oberoi’
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‘I don’t want to piggyback on Vivek Oberoi’

Says Akshay Oberoi who makes a debut with Rajshri’s Isi Life Mein. He went through the “struggling actor drill” in Bollywood before Rajshri chose him.

entertainment Updated: Nov 19, 2010 18:04 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

A little known fact about debutant Akshay Oberoi is that he is actor Vivek Oberoi’s cousin. However ask the newcomer why he doesn’t talk about the fact that he comes from a film family and he says, "I don’t want to piggy bank on Vivek. We didn’t grow up together, nor have we spent too much time with each other. Who would not want to be associated with such a powerhouse of talent? But I wanted to break into films on my own. Call it stubbornness or immaturity, I am fortunate to have made a debut on my own." Before his actions are misinterpreted, he clarifies that is a huge fan of his cousin’s work and makes it a point to watch all his films.

At 19, Akshay went to Los Angeles to study theatre at the Stella Adler Conservatory, where the likes of Al Pachino and Marlyn Brando have also honed their skills. He has also studied theatre under Hollywood actors John Astin and Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings and performed with them on stage.

Vivek OberoiBut he went through the "struggling actor drill" in Bollywood. Says he, "I made my rounds to production houses before Rajshri chose me." Akshay, who plays Vivaan in Vidhi Kasliwal’s Isi Life Mein, adds, "It wasn’t difficult to play Vivaan as he is a lot like me in real life, except he is a much better person than I am. In spite of being an economics major, he is passionate about theatre and acting and spends a lot of his time with the dramatics society in his college."

Even though Akshay claims that the film is a departure from Rajshri’s earlier products and their morals have been adapted to modern thought, the characters are still innocent.

“There is a certain purity in the characters. You will see me yelling at my father and storming out of the room as he wants me to give up on my dreams and become a businessman, but you will also see a repentant side.”

He also recently got to meet Salman Khan, who is making a cameo appearance in the film. “Even though we are all newcomers, he was very respectful and encouraging. I wish I was sharing screen space with him!”says Akshay.

First Published: Nov 19, 2010 14:04 IST