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    Default The anti-hero is more popular than the hero: Vivek Oberoi

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    Vivek Oberoi can be the bad guy onscreen with elan, but he'd like us to believe he really is the Good Samaritan in real life

    All that actor Vivek Oberoi can talk about with utter passion these days is his month-old son, Vivaan Veer Oberoi. "Vivaan is the centre of my life now," says Vivek, while in Lucknow recently to promote his TV show.

    "I was there with him while he was born and also cut the umblical cord. It was an amazing feeling when the doctor put him into my arms and he looked at me with his moondi-moondi eyes," says the overwhelmed dad. A hands-on dad, Vivek says he would ideally want to spend every waking moment with Vivaan, but since his kitty is full with back-to-back films, the actor is with his wife and kid whenever he can get an off from work.

    "I have stopped socialising and people have started complaining ki 'yaar, tum toh dikhte hi nahi ho,' but what to do... I want to share the joys of my son growing up," says he with a shrug.

    With several films lined up for release this year, Vivek credits his son with all the good luck. "It's he who's responsible for my getting such good offers. 2013 will be a very busy year for me. I have four big releases coming up this year, including Krishh 3, which I am really looking forward to," says he.

    "I play this awesome-ly evil guy in the film. People will see a totally new me, it's an all-out negative character. The character's name is Kaal, and I can assure you it will be remembered for a long time. It has been a privilege to work with Rakesh Roshan and Hrithik."

    In Zila Ghaziabad too, Vivek essayed a negative character. Not getting slotted, is he? "Not really," he says, "In Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story I played a sweet, seedha -saadha guy. In Grand Mastee, the sequel to Masti, I will be playing the naughty hubby. So, I am expanding my horizon, but yes, playing negative characters is more exciting. You see, most heroes have shades of grey these days, I agree, which is what is popular these days. You won't see a goody-goody guy in films anymore simply because he has ceased to exist even in our society. Everyone has shades of grey in them and that is what people want to see. The anti-hero is more popular than the hero."

    He goes on to add, "And in all the characters that I am playing, there is some element of goodness in them. They aren't out and out villains. Like Manya in Shootout In Lokhandwala, he's not a bad guy after all. That's what the heroes of these days have become - good and bad."

    And the good guy Vivek is doing a lot of work for underprivileged girls in Vrindavan. He has also known to have adopted a whole village in Gujarat after an earthquake. "Yes, I feel I am so lucky and privileged to have a secure home, food on my plate, clothes on my body. And that's what I want to share with people. Agar mujhse koi ek aadmi bhi khush ho sakta hai, toh main kuchh bhi karunga use khush karne ke liye. Believe me, it's not difficult. And the joy one feels after seeing a smile on a person's face is worth every penny you have spent on them. That's what makes me do all this."



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