I don't want to smoke on screen: Vivek Oberoi
The actor has requested director Bumpy to avoid writing smoking scenes for his character, as he is an ambassador for the anti-tobacco campaign
He may have previously played many negative roles but, Vivek Oberoi is now keen to do films that send out strong social messages. He believes that films are a great medium to propagate them. The actor has recently involved himself in the promotion of campaigns concerning the safety of the girl child, and the dangers of tobacco. Just last week, he reportedly gifted an acid attack survivor an apartment in Mumbai.
Commenting on the importance of doing socially conscious roles in films, Vivek Oberoi says he’s convinced that "films are a great medium to pass on such messages and reach out to a large number of people. It helps change the way they think. So, yeah, I would love to be part of such films."
Vivek, who will next be seen playing a police officer named Amjad Khan in Bank Chor, has apparently requested director Bumpy to avoid writing smoking scenes for his character, as he is an ambassador for the anti-tobacco campaign. "Any way that I can send the right message, I want to," he says.
The 40-year-old actor, who debuted in 2002 with Company, has had a rocky career. While he has been part of hits like Saathiya, Omkara, Yuva, and Shootout at Lokhandwala. The actor has also faced failure with films like Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na, Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak, and Prince. He describes his decade-long journey in the industry as a great experience. "It has been a lot of fun as well. I got the chance to do some great films, make a lot of friends along the way... and I enjoy it even today. Waking up to do something new like playing a new character, is challenging and keeps me motivated," Vivek says.
The Road actor doesn’t believe in regrets. "It’s kind of illogical to want to go back to change something, don’t you think? When you know you have a future to go forward to, why waste time on the past? I like to look forward to the future and say, 'Okay, I’m going to do this now.'"
Vivek hopes that his socially conscious roles will rub off on his children. "My life’s biggest success will be raising my children to be good human beings, who think about not just themselves but also the world around them." The actor adds, "Every day, when I look at my children before I leave my home... It’s a reminder to me that I have to go out and build the world I want."
Vivek is also making his debut in Tamil cinema with Ajith’s Vivegam which is scheduled to hit the screens this August.