Omi Vaidya

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Omi Vaidya
Omi Vaidya.JPG
Vaidya while promoting Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
Native name
ओमी वैद्य  (Konkani)
Born (1982-01-10) January 10, 1982 (age 37)
OccupationActor, director, editor, writer, Television presenter
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Minal Patel[1]

Omi Vaidya (born January 10, 1982) is an American actor, best known for his performance as Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" in the 2009 Bollywood film, 3 Idiots.[2] In addition, Vaidya has directed two short films and worked as an editor on others. He has also appeared in a number of television programs and commercials.[3]


Vaidya was raised in Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley, California.[4] He graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and later attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for two years. He next transferred to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and graduated with honors.[2]

Vaidya commented on his background in a recent interview:

I live in Los Angeles, USA. That's where I grew up, but every year we used to come to India. My native place in India is Goa and I also did visit Mumbai quite often during my growing up days. I started acting when I was about six in Marathi mandal nataks and some English plays in the US. I learned more about acting in high school and that's when I became really serious about films as a career. I went to NYU film school and learned the ropes of filmmaking, editing, acting, etc. I learned the technical language used on the sets. After graduating in honors from NYU, I went back to Los Angeles and began auditioning for roles in T.V. serials and films.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Vaidya married Minal Patel on August 22, 2009. In June 24, 2015, Minal gave birth to their first child, a boy[6]


After college, Vaidya began to work with an agent and received small roles in television programs and commercials. After receiving a small role in Arrested Development, he was asked to audition for the role of Sadiq for The Office by the same casting director. He portrayed Sadiq in two episodes: "E-mail Surveillance" and "Fun Run." He was also seen in the American T.V. series "Bones". But he came into the limelight after featuring in the music video of the superhit Punjabi song "Kurti" sung by Bohemia.

3 Idiots[edit]

Vaidya's most notable performance is in a supporting role in the 2009 Bollywood film, 3 Idiots as Chatur Ramalingam (or "The Silencer"). He received strong reviews for his performance.[7][8] Vaidya auditioned for the role of Chatur while on a trip to Mumbai. After passing the first audition, he was asked during the second to read dialogue from Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Vaidya states that he "just rattled it off without exactly understanding the words ... almost like the speech scene in [3 Idiots]." After being hired for the part of Chatur, he was told not to study Hindi, not to watch Hindi films, and to gain weight.

Of his success in the film, Vaidya credits the atmosphere of the cast and crew stating that in Mumbai there is "a personal touch, unlike Hollywood. Even if they don't pay you by the hour and there is no extra time, there is warmth and care. I basically saw my Bollywood innings as a challenge. A lot of credit also goes to Raju and Abhijat Joshi for the way the character came across on screen."[2] He was also discouraged from providing interviews before the release. Vaidya states: "Before the film released, I asked director Rajkumar Hirani if I could give a couple of interviews. He stopped me saying nobody knew me and I should wait till the film is released. My role was a surprise they had planned for the audience."[9] Vaidya later recalled that, "When I was at the premiere of 3 Idiots, no one recognized me. I was a bit depressed but when it got over, it was difficult for me to even get out of the theater. I have been enamored by the love and appreciation I have received from the audience ... Today, when I go out on streets, people come and shake hands with me ... It feels nice."[10]

Big in Bollywood[edit]

Big in Bollywood (2011) is a documentary film about American actor Omi Vaidya's journey from a struggling Hollywood actor to a successful Bollywood breakthrough with 3 Idiots.[11]


2010 Screen Awards

2010 IIFA Awards

2010 Lions Gold Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor – Male – 3 Idiots



Film/TV Show Role Year Notes Ref.
Arrested Development Rav Nadir 2005 "The Immaculate Election"
TV Series
[citation needed]
The Office Sadiq 2005–2007 "E-mail Surveillance"
"Fun Run"
TV Series
[citation needed]
Rolling Assar 2007 [citation needed]
Bones Hamid Hirani 2008 Season 4 episode: The crank in the shift
TV Series
[citation needed]
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unnamed Inmate 2008 Season 8 episode "Drops Out" (uncredited)
TV Series
[citation needed]
Life Vairam 2008 TV Series [citation needed]
Kath & Kim Prakash 2009 [citation needed]
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight Fish 2009 [citation needed]
3 Idiots Chatur Ramalingam a.k.a. "The Silencer" 2009 [citation needed]
Better Off Ted Sales Man 2010 Episode: The Long and Winding High Road [citation needed]
Big in Bollywood Himself 2011 [citation needed]
Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji Milind Kelkar 2011 [citation needed]
Desi Boyz Ajay 2011 [citation needed]
Players Sunny Mehra 2012 [citation needed]
Jodi Breakers Nano 2012 [citation needed]
Rules of Engagement Waiter 2013 Episode: Catering [citation needed]
Puncture Wounds Sirish 2014 [citation needed]
For Here or to Go Lakshmi 2015
Brown Nation Balan Sree Ramakrishnan 2016 [citation needed]
Mirror Game Vikram 2017 [citation needed]
Blackmail Boss DK 2018 [citation needed]
Metro Park (TV mini Series) Kannan 2019 - present [citation needed]


Film Year
Out of Time 2007
The Desert Rose 2007


Film Year
Out of Time 2003
Delusion 2004
Bloodshed 2005
The Gold Bracelet 2006
Remember the Days 2007
Blind Ambition 2008


  1. ^ Parkar, Shaheen (January 11, 2010). "Wife's Chatur, too!". MiD DAY. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Don't typecast me: Omi
  3. ^ "Omi Vaidya: The 4th Idiot".
  4. ^ "CMFH Interviews – Omi Vaidya". Archived from the original on October 15, 2008.
  5. ^ "I don't want to play another Chatur" – Omi Vaidya Archived February 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "It's a boy! Omi Vaidya aka Silencer of 3 Idiots is a proud father". dailybhaskar. June 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Masand's Movie Review: 3 Idiots, satisfying not best". IBM Live.
  8. ^ "Review: 4 Idiots". Kolkatta Mirror.
  9. ^ Idiot on the roll Archived October 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ " : Bollywood News, Reviews, Celebrity News, Hollywood news, Entertainment News, Videos & Photos".
  11. ^ Heymont, George (December 1, 2011). "Big in Bollywood (That's What Friends Are For)". Huffington Post.
  12. ^ Winners for Nokia 16th Annual Star Screen Awards 2010 Archived May 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "IIFA Awards 2010 Winners". June 8, 2010.

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