Akshay Oberoi

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Akshay Oberoi
Akshay Oberoi gracing ‘Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards 2016’.jpg
Oberoi at Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards October 2016
Born (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 32)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Actor
Known for Pizza
Spouse(s) Jyothi Oberoi
Relatives Vivek Oberoi (cousin)
Suresh Oberoi (Uncle)

Akshay Oberoi (Hindi: अक्षय ओबेराय, Punjabi: ਅਕਸ਼ੇ ਓਬਰਾਏ) (born 1 January 1985 in Lucknow, India) is a Hindi film actor of Punjabi origin. Oberoi successfully auditioned and landed his first leading role in Rajshri Productions film Isi Life Mein in December 2010. Oberoi has received critical acclaim for his work.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Akshay Oberoi was born on 1 January 1985.[4] He attended Newark Academy for middle school and high school and pursued a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts and Economics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also completed acting training in Stella Adler in New York City and then Playhouse West in Los Angeles, where he learned the Meisner technique. During his education, he studied acting under John Astin from The Addams Family.[5] He also studied ballet, jazz and hip-hop dance at Broadway Dance Center. He moved back to India and did plays at the famous Prithvi Theatre and received training from Kishore Namit Kapoor.[4][6][7] Oberoi also acted in the 2002 released film American Chai.[8]

Career[edit]

Oberoi started his career by working at the famed Prithvi Theatre in Juhu with Makrand Deshpande. Starting with backstage work, Makrand noted his passion and offered him a part in "Miss Beautiful".

Oberoi then made his film debut in Sooraj Barjatya's Isi Life Mein. On its release the film failed to click at the box office. However, Oberoi was lauded by the critics for his work in the film. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama commented, "The only noteworthy aspect of the film is its lead pair. Akshay Oberoi is talented – no two opinions on that. He has good screen presence, but most importantly, he acts very well."[9] Prathna Tiwari of BollySpice said, "The newcomers definitely are off to a good start. In particular Akshay Oberoi who has great screen presence, delivers his dialogues confidently and also proves to be eye candy for the ladies."[10] Sarita Tanwar of Mid-Day noted, "Newcomer Akshay Oberoi is confident and delivers."[11]

Oberoi moved to television work post the release of his first film. In 2012, he played the lead role in Bejoy Nambiar's MTV Rush. Nambiar, impressed with Oberoi's work on the show, offered him his second film the Tamil remake of the suspense thriller Pizza. Pizza released on 18 July 2014 where Oberoi was once again praised by the critics. Renuka Vyavahare of Times of India said, "Lead actor Akshay Oberoi does complete justice to the spine-chilling story with [his] compelling presence. We would like to see [this] actor more often on screen.."[12] Taran Adarsh commented, "One witnesses a noticeable growth in Akshay Oberoi's performance, who interprets the challenging role with sincerity. The varied emotions that he gets to exhibit – anxiety, fright, vulnerability – come across well in several sequences"[13] Tushar Joshi of DNA noted, "Oberoi is convincing in his part and shows different emotions effectively. Since he goes through most of the plot not believing whats happening around him his expressions are quite remarkable"[14] Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times noted, "An effortless performance by Akshay Oberoi make this horror flick worth a one-time watch."[15] Subhash K. Jha said, "Akshay Oberoi's Kunal is a mixture of the timid and the defiant. He lets the character's confusions build up as the story progresses so that finally we see him as a victim in ways that we would never suspect otherwise. "[16] Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-Day stated, "This remake...solely rests on the still young shoulders of newcomer Akshay Oberoi, who has to go through a range of emotions in the 120 plus minutes long duration of the film. A dream role for someone who's just about a film old, Pizza 3D has Oberoi in almost every frame and must say, he has done a decent job."[17] Sneha May Francis of Emirates24by7 noted, "Akshay Oberoi holds [the] fort impressively. He's impeccable as the timid Kunal, exploiting his insecurities and fears with maturity and restraint. For a bloke fresh on the Bollywood trail, that's bloody impressive.."[18]

Family[edit]

Akshay's father, Krishan Oberoi, is the brother of the actor Suresh Oberoi and thus uncle of Vivek Oberoi.[7][19] On 24 March 2011, Oberoi married Jyothi Vynatheya, a strategy consultant with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Akshay first met Jyothi at Newark Academy.

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2002 American Chai Neel
2010 Isi Life Mein Vivaan
2014 Pizza Kunal Remake of 2012 Tamil film Pizza
2015 Piku Aniket Cameo Appearance
2016 Fitoor Mufti Look inspired by Bachchan[20]
2016 Laal Rang Rajesh
2017 Bombairiya Films that have not yet been released Abhishek Post-production[21]
2017 Kaalakaandi Films that have not yet been released Angad Post-production[22]
2017 Gurgaon Films that have not yet been released Nikki Post-production[23]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 MTV Rush Ayush MTV India

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