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Vivek Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi (born Vivekanand Oberoi on 3 September 1976) is an Indian film actor. He predominantly appears in Hindi films. He has portrayed a variety of characters and has won many awards, including two Filmfare Awards from five nominations. He is the son of Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi.

Vivek Oberoi
Vivek Filmfare-Awards-Marathi-2016-5.jpg
Oberoi in 2016
Vivekanand Oberoi

(1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 42)
Alma materMayo College, Ajmer
OccupationFilm actor
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Priyanka Alva (2010)
Parent(s)Suresh Oberoi
Yashodhara Josef
RelativesAkshay Oberoi (cousin)

He made his Hindi film debut with Arvind Khoja and Ram Gopal Varma's super-hit Company (2002). His performance in the film earned him several awards including the Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut and Best Supporting Actor. Following this he achieved wider success for his performances in the 2002 romantic drama Saathiya, the 2004 comedy Masti, the 2005 natural horror Kaal and the 2007 biographical action Shootout at Lokhandwala.

Oberoi garnered critical appreciation for portraying a ghost in the 2003 anthology slasher horror fantasy Darna Mana Hai, a wealthy young man who unwillingly enters politics in the 2004 political thriller Yuva, a local village boy torn between Karma (the noble deed) and Dharma (the duty) in the 2005 musical Kisna: The Warrior Poet, a character based on William Shakespeare's Cassio in the 2006 crime film Omkara, a Muslim American war journalist in the 2009 romantic thriller Kurbaan and Paritala Ravindra in the 2010 biographical political action thriller Rakta Charitra. His biggest commercial successes include the comedy Grand Masti and the superhero Krrish 3 (both 2013).

In addition to his acting career, Oberoi is noted for his philanthropic work. He was awarded the Good Samaritan Award from Rotary International for his work with Project Hope and the Red and White Bravery Award in 2006 for helping re-build a village which was hit severely by tsunami. He has also founded The Yashodhara Oberoi Foundation (YOF). Oberoi serves as the World Health Organization's anti-tobacco spokesperson. He has been involved in projects such as Project Devi, Cancer Patients Aid Association and Banyan, which works towards rehabilitating mentally challenged homeless women. He has also participated stage shows, and featured as a talent judge for three seasons of the reality show India's Best Dramebaaz. He has often turned up on PETA's annual list of Sexiest Vegetarians and is the founder of KARRM Infrastructures. He is married to Priyanka Alva with whom he has a son and a daughter.


Early lifeEdit

Oberoi was born in Hyderabad, Telangana to Punjabi father, Suresh Oberoi, a veteran Bollywood character actor, and Yashodhara Oberoi, who also comes from a Punjabi family but since long settled in South India, namely Chennai and Hyderabad.[1] Suresh Oberoi was not an actor at the time of his marriage, but was running a chain of Medical stores which was his family business. He would later join Film and Television Institute of India.[2]

Vivek did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and later went on to study at Mayo College, Ajmer. Thereafter, he attended Mithibai College, Juhu.[3] At an actors' workshop in London he was spotted by the director of New York University who took Vivek to New York, where he completed his master's degree in film acting.[4] Vivek also worked as a script writer in India.[5]



Oberoi made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma's film Company.[6] He received Filmfare Awards for Best Debut as well as Best Supporting Actor. He then starred in the action films Road and Dum. In Dum, he played the role of a man trying to become a part of the Indian police, but faces many troubles with a police inspector.

Next, he starred in Saathiya (2002), directed by Shaad Ali. The film was a big hit at the box office and earned him a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category. He starred in the comedy Masti (2004). In 2004, he also starred in Yuva. In 2005, he acted as the title character in the film Kisna: The Warrior Poet.

In 2006, he appeared in Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play Othello.[7] He played the character of Kesu, based on the character Michael Cassio in the original play. After seeing Oberoi's performance, Gulzar congratulated him.[8]

In 2007, he acted as the gangster Maya Dolas in the multi-starrer Shootout at Lokhandwala.[9][10]

In 2008, Oberoi starred in Mission Istanbul, which was directed by Apoorva Lakhia and produced by Ekta Kapoor. He performed to the song Apun Ke Saath, produced for the film by Vikas Kohli, at the 2008 International Indian Film Academy Awards.[11]


Neha Sharma with Oberoi at promo launch of their film Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story

In 2009, he played a supporting role in the movie Kurbaan. In 2010, he appeared in Prince, which failed to receive a good response from the audience, despite initial box office success.[12][13] In the same year, he appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakht Charitra.[14] Here, he played the role of the Telugu politician Paritala Ravi.

Oberoi is slated to play the lead role in the film Bloody Paki, that will be directed by Shaad Ali and Shiva and produced by Mani Ratnam.[15] Vivek Oberoi's film Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, which released in October 2012, failed to impress the audience and was a box office failure.[16] Vivek produced a film named Watch Indian Circus in 2011.[17] The film got featured in the 16th Busan Film festival, which had thousands of people as the audience, in the age group of 16–40 years, who voted the film as the best, and made it win the Audience Choice Award for Best Film from 3000 films worldwide and amongst 380 films screened. In 16 years of the history of Busan, this is the First Indian Film to win this acclaimed and prestigious award. The Film has already received rave reviews from international critics and reporters from Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Screen International.[18] Oberoi has dubbed the voice of Electro in the Hindi-dubbed version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released in May 2014.[19][20][21]

Oberoi worked with YRF banner's film Bank Chor, with Rhea Chakraborty and Riteish Deshmukh. Oberoi was working with this banner after 12 years.[22] Oberoi is going to make his Malayalam Debut with Mohanlal in Prithviraj Sukumaran's directorial debut, Lucifer.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Oberoi's full first name, Vivekanand,[24] is based on that of the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda; his father and grandfathers were followers of the monk.[25] He says he dropped Anand when he joined movies out of respect for Vivekananda, as he considered it would be embarrassing romancing and dancing on screen with the name of the monk.[25]

Oberoi dated his Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... co-star Aishwarya Rai. In 2003, Oberoi claimed that Rai's former boyfriend Salman Khan had threatened him,[26] Oberoi and Rai broke up not long afterwards.[27]

On 29 October 2010, Oberoi married Priyanka Alva, daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, in Bangalore. The couple have a son[28] and a daughter.[29]

He credits Kareena Kapoor as his inspiration for adopting a vegetarian diet, and he has often turned up on PETA's annual list of Sexiest Vegetarians.[30][31]

Vivek Oberoi’s company KARRM Infrastructure has donated 25 flats in the Thane district of Maharashtra to the families of Central Reserve Police Force officers killed in action.[32][33] In all, Vivek has donated about 3 million and helped raise 25 million.[34]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes & Awards
2002 Company Chandrakant "Chandu" Nagre Filmfare Best Debut Award
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Road Arvind Chauhan
Saathiya Aditya Sehgal Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
2003 Dum Uday Shinde
Darna Mana Hai Amar
2004 Yuva Arjun Balachandran
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na Arjun Khanna
Masti Meet Mehta
2005 Kaal (2005 film) Dev Malhotra
Kisna Kisna Singh
Deewane Huye Pagal Narrator (Sutradhar) Special appearance
2006 Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Sunny Chopra
Pyare Mohan Mohan
Omkara Keshav "Kesu" Firangi
Naksha Vicky Malhotra
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Maya Dolas Nominated - Filmfare Best Villain Award
Fool n Final Luckee
2008 Mission Istaanbul Rizwan Khan
2009 Luck by Chance Kartikey Special appearance
Kurbaan Riyaz Maasud
2010 Prince Prince
Rakta Charitra I Prathap Ravi Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Villain
Rakht Charitra II Prathap Ravi
2011 Dekh Indian Circus Producer of the film
2012 Kismet Love Paisa Dilli Lokesh "Lucky" Duggal
2013 Zila Ghaziabad Satbir Gujjar
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story Jayantabhai
Grand Masti Meet Mehta Suhas Chintala
Krrish 3 Kaal Nominated - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
2016 Great Grand Masti Meet Mehta
2017 Bank Chor CBI Officer Amjad Khan
Vivegam Aryan Singha Tamil film
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Raja Bhai Munna Telugu film[35]
Lucifer  Malayalam film; Filming
Rustum  Kannada film; Filming[36]
PM Narendra Modi  Narendra Modi Hindi film


Year Show Role Channel
2013 India's Best Dramebaaz (Season 1) Himself(Judge) Zee TV
2015-2016 India's Best Dramebaaz (Season 2)
2018 India's Best Dramebaaz

(Season 3)

Web SeriesEdit

Year Show Role Channel
2017 Inside Edge Vikrant Dhawan Amazon Prime Video

Dubbing rolesEdit

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year release Dub Year release
The Amazing Spider-Man 2[37] Jamie Foxx Max Dillon / Electro Hindi English 2014 2014

Awards & NominationsEdit

Award Year Category Work Result
Filmfare Awards 2002 Best Debut Company Won
2002 Best Supporting Actor Company Won
2002 Best Actor Saathiya Nominated
2007 Best Villain Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
2013 Best Supporting Actor Krrish 3 Nominated
IIFA Awards 2008 Best Villain Shootout at Lokhandwala Won
2010 IIFA Green Global Award [38]  – Won
Zee Cine Awards 2002 Best Male Debut Company Won
2002 Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male Company Won
2008 Best Actor in a Negative Role Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
Star Screen Award 2002 Best Male Debut Company Won
2008 Best Villain Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
Stardust Awards 2002 Superstar of Tomorrow - Male Saathiya Won
2003 Superstar of Tomorrow - Male Road Won
2004 Best Supporting Actor Yuva Won
2008 Standout Performance of the Year Shootout at Lokhandwala Won
2008 Best Actor in a Negative Role Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
Bollywood Movie Awards 2002 Best Male Debut Company Won
2006 Best Supporting Actor Omkara Won
AXN Action Awards 2007 Best Action Actor in a Negative Role Shootout at Lokhandwala Won
Filmfare Awards South 2018 Best Supporting Actor - Tamil Vivegam Nominated
7th South Indian International Movie Awards 2018 Best actor in a negative role Vivegam Nominated


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  2. ^ "Suresh Oberoi, ek baar phir..." TOI. Times of India.
  3. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  4. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. UK BBC News. Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  5. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Rotten Tomatoes (1976-09-03). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  6. ^ "Vivek Oberoi as Chhota Rajan". 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  7. ^ Friday Review Chennai – Othello with desi nuances: Omkara. The Hindu
  8. ^ Joginder Tuteja (2006-07-29). "Vivek has played nuances of his character with such great intellect that Gulzaar Saab after seeing his performance congratulated him". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  9. ^ "Gangster and real life characters excite me: Vivek Oberoi". The Indian Express. 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  10. ^ India, Press Trust of (2016-05-10). "Gangster and real life characters excite me: Vivek Oberoi". Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  11. ^ Elizabeth Gibson (2008-06-10). "Indian drama scoops Bollywood honors". China Post.
  12. ^ "Box Office 2010". Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  13. ^ Vinod Mirani (2010-03-17). "Flops galore at the box office".
  14. ^ Taran Adarsh (2010-10-22). "Rakht Charitra – I: Movie Review".
  15. ^ "The Times of India, May 20, 2010". The Times of India. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
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  17. ^ "Vivek Oberoi turns producer". 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  18. ^ Bollywood Hungama News network (2011-11-24). "Watch Indian Circus or Dekh Indian circus won top honors at 16th Busan Film Festival".
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  20. ^ "Vivek Oberoi creates trouble for Akshay Kumar in Singh is Bling". singhisbling (unofficial). Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Vivek Oberoi to play the bad guy in Singh is Bling". singhisbling (unofficial). Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Vivek Oberoi Has Teamed Up With Riteish For Bank Chor". Patrika Group (29 July 2014). Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  23. ^ "Vivek Oberoi joins Lucifer". New Indian Express.
  24. ^ "After The Accidental Prime Minister, a film on PM Narendra Modi to go on floors with Vivek Oberoi in the lead?". Times Now. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  25. ^ a b "What made Vivek Oberoi drop Anand from his name". Times Now. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  26. ^ Ananya Bhattacharya (13 July 2016). "Vivek Oberoi on fight with Salman Khan: Some people are stuck in a time warp". India Today.
  27. ^ "The April fool stunt that ruined Vivek Oberoi". Bollywood Journalist. 13 June 2013.
  28. ^ "Just married". Hindustan Times. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  29. ^ Hiren Kotwani (April 26, 2015). "Vivek Oberoi still to decide on newborn daughter's name". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  30. ^ "Vivek Oberoi Left Meat Because of Kareena Kapoor," The Indian Express, 20 November 2009.
  31. ^ Richard Bhatia, "Vivek, Vidya Take Early Leads in Hottest Vegetarian Contest", Times of India, 26 December 2011.
  32. ^ "Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi donates 25 flats to families of CRPF martyrs in Thane," The GenX Times, 14 May 2017.
  33. ^ quintdaily (23 August 2017). "Vivegam Tamil Movie Rating [4/5], Audience Review – QuintDaily".
  34. ^ Priyanka Jain (2011-06-28). "Vivek Oberoi makes it to 'philanthropy' list". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
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  37. ^ "Vivek is the Voice of Amazing Spider-Man 2 Villain". 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  38. ^ Winners of the IIFA Awards 2010, Bollywood Hungama (2010-06-05).

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