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Vivek Oberoi
Vivek Filmfare-Awards-Marathi-2016-5.jpg
Oberoi at Filmfare Awards Marathi, 2016
Vivekanand Oberoi

(1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 45)
EducationMaster's degree in acting
Alma materMayo College, Ajmer
Mithibai College
New York University
Years active2002 – present
Full list
Priyanka Alva
(m. 2010)
RelativesAkshay Oberoi (cousin)

Vivekanand Oberoi (born 3 September 1976) is an Indian actor who predominantly appears in Hindi films. He made his film debut with Ram Gopal Varma's Company (2002), which won him two Filmfare Awards.

Early life[edit]

Vivek Oberoi was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, to a Punjabi father, Suresh Oberoi, a veteran Bollywood character actor, and Yashodhara Oberoi, who is from a Tamil family.[1] Oberoi went on to study at Mayo College, Ajmer and Mithibai College, Mumbai.[2] 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.[3] Vivek also worked as a scriptwriter in India.[4]



Oberoi made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma's film Company.[5] He received Filmfare Awards for Best Debut as well as Best Supporting Actor. He then starred in the action films Road and Dum.

In 2002, he starred in Saathiya, directed by Shaad Ali. The film was a success at the box office and earned him a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category. In 2004, he starred in the comedy Masti and Yuva, political thriller. In 2005, he played the title character in Kisna: The Warrior Poet. In 2006, he appeared in Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play Othello,[6] playing the character of Kesu, based on the character Michael Cassio in the original play. After seeing Oberoi's performance, Gulzar congratulated him.[7]

In 2007, he played the gangster Maya Dolas in Shootout at Lokhandwala.[8][9] In 2008, Oberoi starred in Mission Istanbul, 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]


Oberoi along with Suriya & Priyamani during the press meet of Rakta Charitra 2.

In 2009, Oberoi 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] playing the role of the Telugu politician Paritala Ravi.[14] Vivek Oberoi's film Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, which was released in October 2012, failed to impress the audience and was a box office failure.[15] Vivek produced a film named Dekh Indian Circus in 2011.[16] The film was featured in the 16th Busan Film festival, winning 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 the award. The film has already received rave reviews from international critics and reporters from The 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]

Oberoi worked with YRF banner's film Bank Chor, with Rhea Chakraborty and Riteish Deshmukh.[19]

In 2019, Oberoi made his Malayalam debut with Mohanlal in Prithviraj Sukumaran's directorial debut, Lucifer, as the main antagonist, Bobby, in which his performance as a villain was well received by critics and the audience.[20] He has featured as a talent judge for three seasons of the reality show India's Best Dramebaaz. He portrayed the role of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in PM Narendra Modi.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Oberoi's full first name, Vivekanand,[22] is based on that of the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda; his father and grandfathers were followers of the monk.[23] He says he dropped Anand when he joined movies out of respect for Vivekananda, as he considered it would be embarrassing romancing and dancing on screen with the name of the monk.[23] Oberoi dated his Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... co-star Aishwarya Rai. In 2003, Oberoi claimed that Rai's former boyfriend, Salman Khan, had threatened him,[24] and Oberoi and Rai broke up not long afterward.

On 29 October 2010, Oberoi married Priyanka Alva, daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, in Bangalore.[25] The couple have a son and a daughter.[26][27]

He credits Kareena Kapoor as his inspiration for adopting a vegetarian diet.[28]

Oberoi's company, Karrm Infrastructure Pvt Ltd., has donated 25 flats in the Thane district of Maharashtra to the families of Central Reserve Police Force officers killed in action.[29][30] In all, Vivek has donated about 3 million and helped raise 25 million.[31]



Award Year Category Work Result
Filmfare Awards 2002 Best Debut Company Won
2002 Best Supporting Actor Company Won
2002 Best Actor Saathiya Nominated
2007 Best Villain Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
2013 Best Supporting Actor Krrish 3 Nominated
IIFA Awards 2008 Best Villain Shootout at Lokhandwala Won
2010 IIFA Green Global Award[32]  – Won
Zee Cine Awards 2002 Best Male Debut Company Won
2002 Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male Company Won
2008 Best Actor in a Negative Role Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
Star Screen Award 2002 Best Male Debut Company Won
2008 Best Villain Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
Stardust Awards 2002 Superstar of Tomorrow - Male Saathiya Won
2003 Superstar of Tomorrow - Male Road Won
2004 Best Supporting Actor Yuva Won
2008 Standout Performance of the Year Shootout at Lokhandwala Won
2008 Best Actor in a Negative Role Shootout at Lokhandwala Nominated
Bollywood Movie Awards 2002 Best Male Debut Company Won
2006 Best Supporting Actor Omkara Won
AXN Action Awards 2007 Best Action Actor in a Negative Role Shootout at Lokhandwala Won
Filmfare Awards South 2018 Best Supporting Actor - Tamil Vivegam Nominated
7th South Indian International Movie Awards 2018 Best actor in a negative role Vivegam Nominated
Asianet Film Awards 2020 Best actor in a negative role Lucifer Won
Vanitha Film Awards 2020 Best actor in a negative role Lucifer Won
9th South Indian International Movie Awards 2021 Best actor in a negative role Vinaya Vidheya Rama Nominated


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  2. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Retrieved on 2 July 2012.
  3. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. UK BBC News. Retrieved on 2 July 2012.
  4. ^ Vivek Oberoi Biography. Rotten Tomatoes (3 September 1976). Retrieved on 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Vivek Oberoi as Chhota Rajan". 10 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  6. ^ Friday Review Chennai – Othello with desi nuances: Omkara. The Hindu
  7. ^ Joginder Tuteja (29 July 2006). "Vivek has played nuances of his character with such great intellect that Gulzaar Saab after seeing his performance congratulated him". Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Gangster and real life characters excite me: Vivek Oberoi". The Indian Express. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Gangster and real life characters excite me: Vivek Oberoi". Press Trust of India. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  10. ^ Elizabeth Gibson (10 June 2008). "Indian drama scoops Bollywood honors". China Post.
  11. ^ "Box Office 2010". Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  12. ^ Vinod Mirani (17 March 2010). "Flops galore at the box office".
  13. ^ Taran Adarsh (22 October 2010). "Rakht Charitra – I: Movie Review".
  14. ^ "The Times of India, May 20, 2010". The Times of India. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Vivek Oberoi signed for 'Kismat Love Paisa Dilli'". Indian Express. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  16. ^ "It was my proudest moment: Vivek Oberoi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  17. ^ Bollywood Hungama News network (24 November 2011). "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 Has Teamed Up With Riteish For Bank Chor". Patrika Group (29 July 2014). Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  20. ^ "Vivek Oberoi joins Lucifer". New Indian Express.
  21. ^ "PM Narendra Modi:What the 'PM Narendra Modi' trailer tells us about Bollywood, politics and propaganda". 23 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  22. ^ "After The Accidental Prime Minister, a film on PM Narendra Modi to go on floors with Vivek Oberoi in the lead?". Times Now. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  23. ^ a b "What made Vivek Oberoi drop Anand from his name". Times Now. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  24. ^ Ananya Bhattacharya (13 July 2016). "Vivek Oberoi on fight with Salman Khan: Some people are stuck in a time warp". India Today.
  25. ^ Vanchha (12 July 2020). "Arranged Meeting Turned Into Love Marriage: Vivek Oberoi and Priyanka Alva Oberoi". Zestvine. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  26. ^ Hiren Kotwani (26 April 2015). "Vivek Oberoi still to decide on newborn daughter's name". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  27. ^ "Just married". Hindustan Times. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  28. ^ "Vivek Oberoi Left Meat Because of Kareena Kapoor," The Indian Express, 20 November 2009.
  29. ^ "Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi donates 25 flats to families of CRPF martyrs in Thane," The GenX Times, 14 May 2017.
  30. ^ quintdaily (23 August 2017). "Vivegam Tamil Movie Rating [4/5], Audience Review – QuintDaily". Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  31. ^ Priyanka Jain (28 June 2011). "Vivek Oberoi makes it to 'philanthropy' list". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  32. ^ Winners of the IIFA Awards 2010, Bollywood Hungama (5 June 2010).

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