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Wearing a metal costume weighing 28 kg was incredibly challenging: Vivek Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi is the face of evil in Krrish 3, the prince of darkness pitted against the superhero Hrithik Roshan. After a successful ‘Grand Masti’ and with this film releasing next week, the actor is in a very happy place. To know more, go to on your mobile.

What are your expectations from Krrish 3?
The most important thing is that it’s made in India and if you see the VFX and compare it to an international film, you can’t tell the difference. It’s all about who is driving it. It’s Hrithik’s aesthetic sense, Guddu Uncle’s ( Rakesh Roshan) conviction and passion, and his master craft of being able to weave such a beautiful emotional story through a superhero space.

Tell us about the action you’ve done.
The action is on a whole new level. I will tell you about one sequence. We shot the climax in Hyderabad, where Guddu uncle recreated all of Bandra Kurla Complex, a whole chunk of Mumbai, on a massive scale. It was a 26 day shoot in 46 degree heat. It was incredibly challenging as I was wearing a metal costume weighing 28 kg.

You’ve done romance, action, sci-fi, a period film and a slice-of-life film. Which genre are you most comfortable with?
Doing anything slapstick or over-the-top comedy is out of my comfort zone. I am most at home with real stories where the characters are real.

What do awards mean to you?
Awards are little milestones. When they are in your office cabinet looking nice and shiny they are gentle reminders of a body of work that you should be proud of.

How do you unwind?
I am family-oriented. I love spending time with them as it’s therapeutic. The minute I walk home I shrug off my work cloak and be in this amazing supportive, loving environment I thrive on. I love taking on the role of the son, brother, husband and father.

Your favourite holiday destination?
Istanbul. It’s such an incredible mix of cultures and has amazing old ties with India. Also I love Rumi… I love his poetry, the Sufi music you experience in Turkey.

Your favourite Suresh Oberoi film?
My dad has done some amazing films. My favourite is Aitbaar. He was brilliant. I loved where he played a baddie in Shraddhanjali. Another powerful and dynamic performance was in Kaal Chakra. He got a National Award for was Mirch Masala. I loved his cameo in Tezaab.

What is the most romantic thing you have done for wife Priyanka?
I’m a romantic at heart. I like to woo my wife. Now she is so used to it, she is kinda spoilt. She is always demanding the wooing now.

Has life changed since your son Vivaan’s birth? It’s just gotten more beautiful. When you have a child, he starts to redefine the meaning of life. The moment I held Vivaan in my hands, I had this overwhelming feeling that he is the centre of my universe. The first time he looked at me with his beady little eyes, I couldn’t stop crying.

Any message for your Follo’ers?
A big thank you, the warmest hug and much love. The most important thing about people who love you is they are the most forgiving. People have been so patient with me. I love them for that. I hope you love Krrish 3.


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