Pic Courtesy: Krishna Prakash Gupta and Animal IMDb
Vivek Oberoi is currently gearing up for the release of his next web show, Indian Police Force. The show marking the OTT directorial debut of Rohit Shetty also stars Sidharth Malhotra and Shilpa Shetty. Whilst the show is heading towards its release, the entire team of the show is busy with the promotions. During a recent interview, Vivek Oberoi lauded Sandeep Reddy Vanga and expressed his wish to work with him.
Vivek Oberoi says Sandeep Reddy Vanga reminds him of Ram Gopal Varma
Vivek Oberoi heaped praises on Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga and expressed his wish to work with him one day. He also called Vanga someone “who thinks out of the box.” While speaking to PTI, Vivek admitted that the director reminds him of director Ram Gopal Varma, who introduced the actor to Bollywood with the 2002 gangster drama, Company.
“He (Vanga) is a man who feels madly (for cinema). The day he calls me and says, ‘I have this role for you’, I’ll be like, ‘Count me in’. I want to be directed by a person who thinks out of the box. It reminds me of what Ramu ji (Varma) used to be,” stated the actor.
Vivek Oberoi’s views on Animal facing criticism
Animal, despite becoming one of the top-grossing Hindi films of 2023 also generated immense buzz after it was alleged of glorifying misogyny and graphic violence. Reacting to the flak the film had received, the actor opined, “artists, crazy people, and maverick thinkers” often court criticism for their work. According to the Indian Police Force actor, being a creative person he doesn’t believe in judging people by any ‘moral compass’ because a moral compass can shift, citing an example of the times when women would be criticized for not covering their head.
“If you are a professional working where other men were involved, you would receive flak. So, things change, and the moral compass shifts… As an artist, you cannot have boundaries. You have to see things from an artistic perspective,” he remarked.
Vivek Oberoi on his father Suresh Oberoi being a part of Animal
Furthermore, Vivek Oberoi also talked about his father and veteran actor Suresh Oberoi who was seen playing Ranbir Kapoor’s grandfather. He recalled Vanga telling his father who was also a part of Kabir Singh ‘You are my lucky charm’ and insisted him to be in Animal. He also stated that his father was elated to work with the director on set.
He also lauded Ranbir Kapoor for making his father ‘so comfortable’ and expressed that he has a ‘whole sense of respect and values’ stating that one wants to be with people who make you feel nice. “Dad is so excited, he is getting so many offers,” he shared.
In conclusion, he also applauded his father. Calling him a ‘fine actor’, Vivek mentioned that his father has been ahead of his time who has been doing natural performances even when the melodramatic tone was prevalent in the 80s.