I let Ramu down: Vivek Oberoi
Vivek Oberoi says sorry, patches up with mentor Ram Gopal Varma. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and actor Vivek Oberoi have become the closest of friends while working on their new film, Rakta Charitra.india Updated: Feb 15, 2010 00:01 IST
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and actor Vivek Oberoi have become the closest of friends while working on their new film, Rakta Charitra. The two had had a fallout after Darna Zaroori Hai, but are now on an even pitch and are planning at least two more films together.
On the sets the duo even converses in Telugu, Varma’s mother tongue, which Vivek learnt for Rakta Charitra. “Ramuji was angry. And rightly so. He had picked me up from nowhere and made me a star. He was embittered by the way I turned,” said Vivek.
Incidentally, Vivek is the only protege whom Varma has chosen to patch up with. The ones he has had permanent fall-outs with include Manoj Bajpai, Aftab Shivdasani, Randeep Hooda and Mohit Ahlawat. Reacting to rumours of a patch-up with Bajpai, Varma retorts: “Mere itne bhi bure din nahin aaye hain. (I have not fallen upon such bad days).”
Vivek even took the trailer of his new film Prince to Hyderabad where he was shooting with Varma. Shatrughan Sinha, who forms the third element in the new Ramu-Vivek alliance, too watched the trailer with Varma. “Ramuji booked a theatre in Hyderabad to watch it. Ramuji has always been a mentor. I’m sorry if I let him down in the past,” Vivek said.
Vivek is gearing up for the release of Prince, which is rumoured to be a remake of the 1960s’ Shammi Kapoor starrer Prince. “People feel it is a takeoff on Shammi Kapoorji in Prince, or a costume drama. Let them see what it is. I don’t want to give away the plot. Hats off to Kumar Tauraniji for having faith in me. I knew it would be risky. He pulled out all the stops to make Prince look lavish,” Vivek chortles.