Vivek gets into the lame act

Updated on Aug 14, 2003 07:01 PM IST

Given his forced bedrest post-surgery Vivek Oberoi spends time telling his woes to those calling him.

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Half the job of stars is to listen to film scripts and assess whether they are worth getting associated with. In that sense, actors have to be great listeners.

One would’ve thought Vivek Oberoi may be making the most of his confinement to bed post-surgery by listening to new subjects for films. But the actor is instead on a narration spree himself these days.

Whoever calls on Suresh Oberoi’s son to enquire after his health is treated to an hour-long recounting of the accident on the sets of Mani Ratnam’s film in Kolkata, which resulted in Vivek fracturing his left leg. That’s not all.

The actor then also goes on to dramatise how his respiratory organs were failing and how within hours of the news spreading like wild fire, temples, mosques and churches across the nation were filled with his fans, praying for his recovery.

The entire story, narrated in filmi style for one full hour, ends with the comment that next only to Amitabh Bachchan’s injury, it was Vivek’s recent accident that had the nation praying together.

And then, the actor concludes, "It was thanks to their prayers that I am alive today." By then, of course, the poor listener has died of boredom.

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