BIRTHDAY WISHES: Vivek Oberoi Turns 36

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The 36 year old actor, turned a year older, and perhaps in a year which will see his re-emergence on the silverscreen, with two films (Krrish 3 and Grand Masti) lined up in the second half, it might bring him back with a bang.

Vivek Oberoi has had an uneven graph in films but that wasn’t so when he began. In 2002, when he debuted as a mercurial ‘Chandu’ in ‘Company’ he earned not one but two acting stripes when he collected best debut and supporting actor trophies at the Filmfare awards for the film. He was also nominated in best actor category for Saathiya which released the same year. It immediately established him as the next big thing.

Then a spate of flop films followed. Although he worked with big names, most prominent of them ‘Yuva’ with Mani Ratnam and ‘Omkara’ with Vishal Bhardwaj, it was his co-actors in these films who walked away with acclaim for their work.

In 2007, after 5 years of his spectacular debut, his role in Shootout At Lokhandwala put him back in the league. He was nominated for a Filmfare trophy. His role in Rakht Charitra fetched him critical acclaim, commercial success still evaded him. In 2010, he married Priyanka Alva, and in Feb this year, the couple were blessed with a child Vivaan Veer Oberoi. Of his own lineage, Vivek is the son of yesteryear and character actor Suresh Oberoi.

In 2011 he got into production, producing Dekh Indian Circus which has been an audience favourite at international film festivals. Vivek is also known for his charitable work, amongst which he has worked for tsunami relief, cancer awareness, and is an anti-tobacco spokesperson.

With so many facets to him, Bollywood has been missing him in action, and hope that’s about to change for him as he begins his new innings. Here’s wishing him a grand comeback, and hope his birthday is just the beginning of the celebrations.