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Vivek Oberoi (born Vivek Anand Oberoi on 3 September 1976) is an Indian film actor known primarily for his works in Bollywood and a few films in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam cinema. He made his Hindi film debut with Ram Gopal Varma's Company (2002). His performance earned him two Filmfare Awards.

Vivek Oberoi
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Oberoi in 2016
Vivekanand Oberoi

(1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 43)
Alma materMayo College, Ajmer
OccupationFilm actor
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Priyanka Alva (2010)
RelativesAkshay Oberoi (cousin)

He starred in the successful films Saathiya (2002), Masti (2004), Grand Masti, and Krrish 3 (both 2013). In 2019, he made his Malayalam debut as the main antagonist, Bobby, in Lucifer. He portrayed the role of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in PM Narendra Modi.[1] He is married to Priyanka Alva, with whom he has two children.

Early lifeEdit

Oberoi was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, to a Punjabi father Suresh Oberoi, a veteran Bollywood character actor, and Yashodhara Oberoi, who is from a Tamil family.[2]

Vivek attended Hyderabad Public School and went on to study at Mayo College, Ajmer and Mithibai College, Mumbai.[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 scriptwriter 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 2002 he starred in Saathiya, directed by Shaad Ali. The film was a success at the box office and earned him a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category.

In 2004 he starred in the comedy Masti and Yuva, political thriller. In 2005, he played the title character in Kisna: The Warrior Poet.

In 2006, he appeared in Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play Othello,[7] playing 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 played the gangster Maya Dolas in Shootout at Lokhandwala.[9][10]

In 2008, Oberoi starred in Mission Istanbul, 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, Oberoi 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] playing the role of the Telugu politician Paritala Ravi.[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 was featured in the 16th Busan Film festival, winning 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 the 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. [22]

Oberoi made his Malayalam Debut with Mohanlal in Prithviraj Sukumaran's directorial debut, Lucifer,in which his performance was well received by critics and audience.[23] He has featured as a talent judge for three seasons of the reality show India's Best Dramebaaz.

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.[30]

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.[31][32] In all, Vivek has donated about 3 million and helped raise 25 million.[33]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes & Awards
2002 Company Chandrakant "Chandu" Nagre Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Road Arvind Chauhan Hindi
Saathiya Aditya Sehgal Hindi Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2003 Dum Uday Shinde Hindi
Darna Mana Hai Amar Hindi
2004 Yuva Arjun Balachandran Hindi
Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... Arjun Khanna Hindi
Masti Meet Mehta Hindi
2005 Kaal Dev Malhotra Hindi
Kisna: The Warrior Poet Kisna Singh Hindi
Deewane Huye Paagal Narrator (Sutradhar) Hindi Special appearance
2006 Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Sunny Chopra Hindi
Pyare Mohan Mohan Hindi
Omkara Keshav "Kesu" Firangi Hindi
Naksha Vicky Malhotra Hindi
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Maya Dolas Hindi Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Villain
Fool n Final Luckee Hindi
2008 Mission Istaanbul Rizwan Khan Hindi
2009 Luck by Chance Kartikey Hindi Special appearance
Kurbaan Riyaz Maasud Hindi
2010 Prince Prince Hindi
Rakta Charitra I Prathap Ravi Hindi
Nominated–Star Screen Award for Best Villain
Rakht Charitra II Prathap Ravi Hindi
2011 Dekh Indian Circus N/A Hindi Producer of the film
2012 Kismet Love Paisa Dilli Lokesh "Lucky" Duggal Hindi
2013 Zila Ghaziabad Satbir Gujjar Hindi
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story Jayantabhai Hindi
Grand Masti Meet Mehta Suhas Chintala Hindi
Krrish 3 Kaal Hindi Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Great Grand Masti Meet Mehta Hindi
2017 Bank Chor CBI Officer Amjad Khan Hindi
Vivegam Aryan Singha Tamil Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor (Tamil)
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Raja Bhai Munna Telugu [34]
Lucifer Bimal "Bobby" Nair Malayalam
PM Narendra Modi Narendra Modi Hindi
Rustum Bharath Kannada


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[35] Jamie Foxx Max Dillon / Electro Hindi English 2014 2014

Awards and 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 [36]  – 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. ^ "Vivek Oberoi surprises fans by speaking several languages". Zee News. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Retrieved on 2 July 2012.
  4. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. UK BBC News. Retrieved on 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Rotten Tomatoes (3 September 1976). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  6. ^ "Vivek Oberoi as Chhota Rajan". 10 May 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  7. ^ Friday Review Chennai – Othello with desi nuances: Omkara. The Hindu
  8. ^ Joginder Tuteja (29 July 2006). "Vivek has played nuances of his character with such great intellect that Gulzaar Saab after seeing his performance congratulated him". Retrieved 1 December 2011.
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  11. ^ Elizabeth Gibson (10 June 2008). "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 (17 March 2010). "Flops galore at the box office".
  14. ^ Taran Adarsh (22 October 2010). "Rakht Charitra – I: Movie Review".
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  18. ^ Bollywood Hungama News network (24 November 2011). "Watch Indian Circus or Dekh Indian circus won top honors at 16th Busan Film Festival".
  19. ^ Iyer, Meena (20 March 2014). "Vivek is the voice of the Spider-Man villain". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  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.
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  27. ^ "The April fool stunt that ruined Vivek Oberoi". Bollywood Journalist. 13 June 2013.
  28. ^ "Just married". Hindustan Times. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  29. ^ Hiren Kotwani (26 April 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. ^ "Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi donates 25 flats to families of CRPF martyrs in Thane," The GenX Times, 14 May 2017.
  32. ^ quintdaily (23 August 2017). "Vivegam Tamil Movie Rating [4/5], Audience Review – QuintDaily".
  33. ^ Priyanka Jain (28 June 2011). "Vivek Oberoi makes it to 'philanthropy' list". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  34. ^ [1]
  35. ^ "Vivek is the Voice of Amazing Spider-Man 2 Villain". 20 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  36. ^ Winners of the IIFA Awards 2010, Bollywood Hungama (5 June 2010).

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