Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now in Telangana, India)
Vivek Oberoi (born 3 September 1976) is an Indian film actor known for his works exclusively in Bollywood. He made his Hindi film debut with Ram Gopal Varma's super-hit 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, Kaal, Omkara, and Grand Masti. He performed lead antagonist in Krrish 3. He is also starred in biographical films such as Maya Dolas in Shootout at Lokhandwala, Paritala Ravindra in Rakta Charitra, and Muthappa Rai in Rai.
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. 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.
Vivek did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and later went on to study at Mayo College, Ajmer. Thereafter, he attended Mithibai College, Juhu. 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. Vivek also worked as a script writer in India.
Oberoi made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma's film Company. 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. He played the character of Kesu, based on the character Michael Cassio in the original play. After seeing Oberoi's performance, Gulzar congratulated him.
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.
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. In the same year, he appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakht Charitra. 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. Vivek Oberoi's film Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, which released in October 2012, failed to impress the audience and was a box office failure. Vivek produced a film named Watch Indian Circus in 2011. 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. Oberoi has dubbed the voice of Electro in the Hindi-dubbed version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released in May 2014.
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.
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 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. 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.
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).
On 29 October 2010, Oberoi married Priyanka Alva, daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, in Bangalore. The couple have a son, Vivaan, born on 6 February 2013 and a daughter, Ameyaa, born on 21 April 2015.
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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Year||Title||Role||Notes & Awards|
|2002||Company||Chandrakant "Chandu" Nagre||Filmfare Best Debut Award
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
|2002||Saathiya||Aditya Sehgal||Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|2003||Darna Mana Hai||Amar|
|2004||Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na||Arjun Khanna|
|2005||Deewane Huye Pagal||Narrator (Sutradhar)||Special appearance|
|2006||Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak||Sunny Chopra|
|2006||Omkara||Keshav "Kesu" Firangi|
|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|
|2010||Rakta Charitra I||Prathap Ravi||Telugu film
Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Villain
|2010||Rakht Charitra II||Prathap Ravi||Telugu film|
|2010||Raththa Sarithiram||Prathap Ravi||Tamil film|
|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||Suhas Chintala|
|2013||Krrish 3||Kaal||Nominated - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|2016||Great Grand Masti||Meet Mehta||Post Production|
|2013||India's Best Dramebaaz (Season 1)|
|India's Best Dramebaaz (Season 2)|
|Filmfare Awards||2002||Filmfare Best Debut Award||Company||Won|
|2002||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award||Company||Won|
|2002||Filmfare Best Actor Award||Saathiya||Nominated|
|2007||Filmfare Best Villain Award||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Nominated|
|2013||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award||Krrish 3||Nominated|
|IIFA Awards||2008||IIFA Best Villain Award||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Won|
|2010||IIFA Green Global Award||-||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||2002||Zee Cine Award Best Male Debut- Male||Company||Won|
|2002||Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Male||Company||Won|
|2008||Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Nominated|
|Star Screen Award||2002||Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Male||Company||Won|
|2008||Star Screen Award for Best Villain||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||2002||Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Male||Saathiya||Won|
|2003||Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Male||Road||Won|
|2004||Stardust Best Supporting Actor Award||Yuva||Won|
|2008||Stardust Standout Performance of the Year||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Won|
|2008||Stardust Award for 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|
|Film title||Actor||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year release||Dub Year release||Notes|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Jamie Foxx||Max Dillon/Electro||Hindi||English||2014||2014|