Actor Vivek Oberoi’s trek through the world of Bollywood re-establishing his niche in acting is just beginning again. Though Oberoi’s resume holds films such as Company, Road, Yuva, Omkara, Saathiya, Shootout at Lokhandwala and Kurbaan, it’s his latest project with which he is going where’s he’s never gone before – his first action film, Prince – It’s Showtime.
In an exclusive interview with Businessofcinema.com he shares his experiences about the film.
What is Prince – It’s Showtime about?
The story of Prince – It’s Showtime is an action thriller based on a quick-witted thief, who wakes up one morning to realize that he has lost his memory and has absolutely no clue about who he is. He is a thief who can steal everything but his memory gets stolen and he has just 6 days to live and to add to that he has girl problem! The stunts are amazing and never seen before. I was a bit nervous doing some daredevil stunts in my film, which I had never done before. It’s a story that could be every man’s fantasy and every man’s nightmare
What makes it different from the other action films?
Well all the action scenes have been shot beautifully by debutant director Kookie.V.Gulati. Moreover, most of the action scenes in the film have been made in Hollywood style which the audience will be seeing for the first time. We have used some great gadgets in the film. The stunts are amazing and never seen before. All the stunts are done by me without substitutes. I had to undergo five months’ physical training, which included skate-boarding, stunt biking, cable training, martial arts, kicks and punches. I have jumped from a 32-storied building to a 28-storied building.
This also happens to be your solo film after a long time. How confident are you?
Yes this is my solo film after a long time and I’m hoping for positive results. Prince is my first action film and will showcase me in a new avatar, having said that yes you can say I am carrying the film on my shoulders with the rest of the cast being newcomers, I am very confident and this film has given me an opportunity to nourish and explore myself better. I have worked very hard for this film, I’ve lost around 12 kilos and I am in the best shape of my life. The shooting has been very challenging but worth it with the kind of reactions that I am getting.
Do you think Kurbaan helped your career to some extent?
Well I would say my role in Kurbaan was a fine one, a very meaty role and there was so much talk about it. I got some of the best reviews of my career for the film.
What are the other films in the pipeline?
My next film is Rakta Charitra. I am working with Ram Gopal Varma after many years and it is great working together again. Also I feel lucky to have done Kurbaan and Prince. All three films are very different.