"No personal questions. No boring questions. I am only talking about the film. That's it," said Viveik Oberoi with a determined glint in his eyes. Alright. So, all you guys who are keen on getting the latest dope on this unconventional hero's much-discussed 'personal' life you'd be disappointed.
But don't worry, this dude (looking smoking-hot in the publicity cutouts of Apoorva Lakhia's Shootout at Lokhandwala) has a lot of interesting things to say about the character of dreaded criminal Maya Dolas and the film that he is hoping shall usher in a revival of what was once a budding-career with films like Company, Saathiya and Masti doing well at the Box Office.
First up we ask, why the tag line Shootout At Lokhandwala - 'Based on True Rumours'? "It's important. There's meaning to it. It's just not a line that is trying to stir or cause effect. When I was researching this character for Maya, I had the facts, the police files, all the details which are documented evidences.
He added, "I met people from the underworld, people who had worked with Maya, people who were in the opposing gangs, so I got a lot of information from them. It's been sixteen years since that incident and there was a five-year long career when Maya really shot to fame and power. There are several conspiracy theories. We believe there's no smoke without fire. There must be some truth in those rumours," Viveik said.
Your scruffy hard look is being compared to Company. "It's a big compliment. I shot Company five years ago. And 18 films later if people still remember Company and still speak highly of it, it feels damn nice. Though there's a conscious decision that I made that both the films are totally different. Chandu in Company was a really brave, vulnerable, humble but a soft emotional kind of guy.
So what kind of a guy is Maya Dolas? "What I like about Maya is that he has no boss. He is the master of his own destiny. He doesn't believe in anything beyond himself. He plays hide and seek with death. He is not scared of anything. And that's what I love about him. He is fearless. He has not been introduced to fear. And that's what excited me about him. If someone threatens him, it excites him. If someone points a finger at him, he'll smile as it gives him an adrenaline rush. He wants to take people on."
Omkara was a big film. But everyone felt, Viveik Oberoi was wasted or sidelined. But when you see big hoardings of Oberoi heading his gang opposite to Sanjay Dutt, there's an element of dominance. "Feels really good. It's a pivotal role. What's really special is that in a film like this I have this amazing takkar with the man himself...Sanjay Dutt...who for me is the ultimate man's man," Viveik said. Hope all those rumours about Viveik hitting on Manyata and Sanjay getting furious were all rumours. Anyway...did someone just say there's no smoke without fires...oops...let's move on...
Dhanda hai par ganda hai yeh... a cult gangsta song. It's time for Ganpat-giri...Mumbai ishtyle....Ae Ganpat...chal daroo la. "I love this song (Ganpat). It's my favourite song. In fact my caller tune is that song. Mika has sung it and he is fantastically talented. I love all the songs of the film. I love Unke Nashe Mein and Mere Yaar. Ganpat has become so cool. We have this habit of saying what's up dude. Now in my group we say what's up Ganpat. It's become a colloquial term," Viveik said. It's obvious he enjoys this song as much as all of us do.
Shootout At Lokhandwala is a male dominated film...read on...