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Vivek Oberoi
Vivek walks ramp.jpg
Vivek Oberoi at Sailor Today Awards
Born (1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 39)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
Alma mater Mayo College, Ajmer
Occupation Film actor
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Priyanka Alva (2010–present)
Children Vivaan Veer Oberoi (b. 2013)
Ameyaa Nirvana Oberoi (b. 2015)
Parent(s) Suresh Oberoi
Yashodhara Oberoi
Website Official website

Vivek Oberoi (born 3 September 1976) is an Indian actor. He made his film debut with Ram Gopal Varma's film Company (2002). His performance in the film earned him Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut and Best Supporting Actor. He later featured in several notable films which include Saathiya, Masti, Yuva, Omkara, Rakht Charitra and Grand Masti.For the first time in his career he performed as the antagonist in the film Krrish 3.

Early life[edit]

Oberoi was born in Hyderabad, Telangana to Punjabi father Suresh Oberoi, a veteran Bollywood character actor and a Tamil mother Yashodhara Oberoi, sister of Rajkumar Mandradiar, native of Coimbatore belonging to the Mandradiar and Palayakottai Pattakarar family of Kangeyam, erstwile Polygar rulers of that region.[1][2] In fact Suresh Oberoi was not an actor at the time of his marriage, but running a chain of Medical stores which was his family business. He would later join Film and Television Institute of India.[3] Vivek did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and later on went to study at Mayo College, Ajmer. Thereafter, he attended Mithibai College, Juhu.[4] At an actors' workshop in London he was spotted by the director of New York University who took Vivek to New York, where he completed his master's degree in film acting.[5] Vivek also worked as a script writer in India.[6]



Oberai's look in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakta Charitra

Oberoi made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma's film Company.[7] He received Filmfare Awards for Best Debut as well as Best Supporting Actor. He then starred in the action films, Road and Dum. In Dum, he played the role of a man trying to become a part of Indian police but faces many troubles with a police inspector.

Next, he starred in Saathiya (2002) directed by Shaad Ali. The film was a big hit at the box office and earned him a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category. He starred in a comedy Masti (2004). In 2004, he also starred in Yuva . In 2005 he acted the title character in the film Kisna: The Warrior Poet.

In 2006, he appeared in Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play Othello.[8] He played the character of Kesu, based on the character Michael Cassio in the original play. After seeing Oberoi's performance, Gulzar congratulated him.[9]

In 2007, he acted as the gangster Maya Dolas in the multi-starrer, Shootout at Lokhandwala,

In 2008, Oberoi starred in Mission Istanbul, which was directed by Apoorva Lakhia and produced by Ekta Kapoor. He performed to the song Apun Ke Saath, produced for the film by Vikas Kohli, at the 2008 International Indian Film Academy Awards.[10]


Neha Sharma with Oberoi at promo launch of their film Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story

In 2009, he played a supporting role in the movie Kurbaan. In 2010, he appeared in Prince, which failed to receive a good response from the audience despite initial box office success.[11][12] In the same year, he appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakht Charitra.[13] Here he played the role of a Telugu politician Paritala Ravi.

Oberoi is slated to play the lead role in the film, Bloody Paki, that will be directed by Shaad Ali and Shiva and produced by Mani Ratnam.[14] Vivek Oberoi's film Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, which released in October 2012, failed to impress the audience and was a box office failure.[15] Vivek produced a film named Watch Indian Circus in 2011.[16] The film got featured in 16th Busan Film festival which had thousands of people as the audience, in the age group of 16–40 years who voted the Film as the Best and made it win the Audience Choice Award for Best Film from 3000 films worldwide and amongst 380 films screened. In 16 years of the history of Busan, this is the First Indian Film to win this acclaimed and prestigious award. The Film has already received rave reviews from international critics and reporters from Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Screen International.[17] Oberoi has dubbed the voice of Electro in the Hindi-dubbed version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released in May 2014.[18][19][20]

Oberoi will work with YRF banner's film Bank Chor with Rhea Chakraborty and Riteish Deshmukh. Oberoi will be working with this banner after 12 years.[21]


Oberoi was awarded the Red and White Bravery Award in 2006 for helping re-build a village which was hit severely by the Tsunami. Oberoi, at the age of 28, was in Chennai when disaster struck and assembled six truckloads of relief supplies and also adopted a tsunami-ravaged village in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.[22] Oberoi and his family founded The Yashodhara Oberoi Foundation (YOF). Oberoi serves as the World Health Organization's anti-tobacco spokesperson. He is involved with several charities in Chennai and Mumbai. His work with Project Hope to bring relief to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami earned him a Good Samaritan Award from Rotary International.[23]

Oberoi with his wife Priyanka, in 2012

He did a lot of philanthropic activities such as Project Devi, Cancer Patients Aid Association and Banyan, which works towards rehabilitating mentally challenged homeless women. In all, Vivek has donated about Rs 3 million (Rs 30 lakh) and helped raise Rs 25 million (Rs 250 lakh).[24]

Other activities[edit]

Oberoi was a judge for the Miss Sri Lanka Online contest in 2012.[25]

Personal life[edit]

On 29 October 2010, Vivek Oberoi married Priyanka Alva, daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, in Bangalore. The couple have a son, Vivaan Veer Oberoi, born 6 February 2013[26] and a daughter, Ameyaa Nirvana Oberoi, born 21 April 2015.[27]

He credits Kareena Kapoor as his inspiration for adopting a vegetarian diet, and he has often turned up on PETA's annual list of Sexiest Vegetarians.[28][29]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Awards
2002 Company Chandrakant "Chandu" Nagre Filmfare Best Debut Award
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
2002 Road Arvind Chauhan
2002 Saathiya Aditya Sehgal Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
2003 Dum Uday Shinde
2003 Darna Mana Hai Amar
2004 Yuva Arjun
2004 Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na Arjun
2004 Masti Meet Mehta
2005 Kaal Dev Malhotra
2005 Kisna Kisna Singh
2005 Deewane Huye Pagal Narrator (Sutradhar) Special appearance
2006 Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Sunny Chopra
2006 Pyare Mohan Mohan
2006 Omkara Keshav "Kesu" Firangi
2006 Naksha Vicky
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Maya Dolas Nominated - Filmfare Best Villain Award
2007 Fool n Final Luckee
2008 Mission Istaanbul Rizwan Khan
2009 Luck by Chance Kartikey Special appearance
2009 Kurbaan Riyaz Maasud
2010 Prince Prince
2010 Rakht Charitra I Prathap Ravi Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Villain
2010 Rakta Charitra I Telugu film
Telugu Debut
2010 Rakht Charitra II
2010 Rakta Charitra II Telugu film
2010 Raththa Sarithiram Tamil film
Tamil Debut
2011 Dekh Indian Circus Producer of the film
2012 Kismet Love Paisa Dilli Lokesh "Lucky" Duggal
2013 Zila Ghaziabad Satbir Gujjar
2013 Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story Jayantabhai
2013 Grand Masti Meet Mehta
2013 Krrish 3 Kaal Nominated - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
2015 Great Grand Masti Film has yet to be released Meet Mehta Filming
2015 Bank Chor Film has yet to be released Promotion
2016 Mumbai Saga Film has yet to be released Vijay Salaskar Filming


Year Show
2013 India's Best Dramebaaz Season 1
2013 Comedy Nights with Kapil


Dubbing career[edit]

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year release Dub Year release Notes
Prince[30] Himself Prince Telugu/Tamil Hindi 2010 2010
Rakta Charitra[31] Himself Pratap Ravi Tamil Telugu 2010 2010
The Amazing Spider-Man 2[32] Jamie Foxx Max Dillon/Electro Hindi English 2014 2014


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  2. ^ history of theeran - THEERAN CHINNAMALAI GOWNDER
  3. ^ "Suresh Oberoi, ek baar phir...". TOI. Times of India. 
  4. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  5. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. UK BBC News. Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  6. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Rotten Tomatoes (1976-09-03). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  7. ^ "Vivek Oberoi as Chhota Rajan". 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  8. ^ Friday Review Chennai – Othello with desi nuances: Omkara. The Hindu
  9. ^ Joginder Tuteja (2006-07-29). "Vivek has played nuances of his character with such great intellect that Gulzaar Saab after seeing his performance congratulated him". Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  10. ^ Elizabeth Gibson (2008-06-10). "Indian drama scoops Bollywood honors". China Post. 
  11. ^ "Box Office 2010". Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  12. ^ Vinod Mirani (2010-03-17). "Flops galore at the box office". 
  13. ^ Taran Adarsh (2010-10-22). "Rakht Charitra – I: Movie Review". 
  14. ^ "The Times of India, May 20, 2010". The Times of India. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  15. ^ "Vivek Oberoi signed for 'Kismat Love Paisa Dilli'". Indian Express. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  16. ^ "Vivek Oberoi turns producer". 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  17. ^ Bollywood Hungama News network (2011-11-24). "Watch Indian Circus or Dekh Indian circus won top honors at 16th Busan Film Festival". 
  18. ^ Iyer, Meena (20 March 2014). "Vivek is the voice of the Spider-Man villain". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Vivek Oberoi creates trouble for Akshay Kumar in Singh is Bling". singhisbling (unofficial). Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Vivek Oberoi to play the bad guy in Singh is Bling". singhisbling (unofficial). Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Vivek Oberoi Has Teamed Up With Riteish For Bank Chor". Patrika Group (29 July 2014). Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Menka Shivdasani (2005-03-25). "Bravehearts!". Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "Good Samaritan award for Vivek Oberoi". The Hindu. 2005-03-15. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  24. ^ Priyanka Jain (2011-06-28). "Vivek Oberoi makes it to ‘philanthropy’ list". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Maria Alkasas Wins First Ever Online Beauty Pageant". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Just married". Hindustan Times. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  27. ^ "Vivek Oberoi still to decide on newborn daughter’s name". The Times of India. 
  28. ^ "Vivek Oberoi Left Meat Because of Kareena Kapoor," The Indian Express, 20 November 2009.
  29. ^ Richard Bhatia, "Vivek, Vidya Take Early Leads in Hottest Vegetarian Contest", Times of India, 26 December 2011.
  30. ^ RGV To Dub for Vivek Oberoi in 'Raktha Charithra' – Telugu Movie News. IndiaGlitz (2010-05-19). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  31. ^ Vivek Oberoi dubs in Tamil for Prince. (2010-03-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
  32. ^ "Vivek is the Voice of Amazing Spider-Man 2 Villain". 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

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