Suresh Oberoi Recalls Undergoing A 'Second Struggle' To Help Son, Vivek Oberoi Settle In Bollywood

Suresh Oberoi recalls the tough trials he went through in order to launch his son, Vivek Oberoi into films.


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Suresh Oberoi Recalls Undergoing A 'Second Struggle' To Help Son, Vivek Oberoi Settle In Bollywood

Vivek Oberoi is one of the most talented and versatile performers in Bollywood. The handsome actor has wooed generations of audience with his swoon-worthy portrayals, be it the next-door lover boy or the hard hearted goon. Son of eminent veteran actor, Suresh Oberoi, it was in 2002 when Vivek made his debut with the film, Company. Thereafter, he starred in a number of films, such as Saathiya, Yuva, Omkara, Masti, Kyun! Ho Gaya Na and others, that set him as a league apart actor.

Suresh Oberoi remembers his second struggle for launching son, Vivek Oberoi

In an interaction with Bollywood Hungama, Suresh Oberoi reflected on the terrific career graph charted by his son, Vivek Oberoi. The proud fatherremarked how he groomed his son right from the beginning. Calling it a second struggle for him, Suresh remembered the times when he used to tirelessly wait at the offices of several producers with Vivek’s pictures in his hand, so that the latter could land his first film. The veteran actor said:

“I groomed him since his childhood. I made him do stage shows, got him to do (acting) classes and course with my senior from FTII. For Vivek, I would struggle. I would sit outside offices with his photos in my hand. Ram Gopal Varma’s office and all these other offices. It was a second struggle for me. Then, ultimately, Ramu (Ram Gopal Varma) gave him his first film.”

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Suresh Oberoi reveals how his son, Vivek Oberoi sailed through the rough patch of his career

Speaking along the same lines, Suresh Oberoi was asked how he took care of his son, Vivek Oberoi when the latter’s career faltered after he made a press conference and claimed Salman Khan to have threatened him. In retrospect, Suresh Oberoi emphasised how his son, Vivek, used his inner strength to deal with the tough situations and got through that phase. The doting father expressed how unlike any other person, Vivek didn’t fall prey to alcoholism and drug abuse at that time, despite the incessant hate he received wrongfully from various members of the film world. In his words:

“It is his strength that he got through this. If it was someone else, they would have become an alcoholic or perhaps a drug addict. People were really against him. Media, and the people in the film industry, even the actors… sometimes when people get successful very quickly, others can’t take it.”


Suresh Oberoi reflected on his son’s past relationship with Aishwarya Rai

Earlier, in an interaction with Lehren, Suresh Oberoi spoke up about his son, Vivek’s past relationship with Aishwarya Rai. For the unversed, Vivek and Aishwarya used to be one of the most talked-about couples in 2000s, but their love story quickly ended and they moved on in their respective lives. Recalling the past, Suresh Oberoi, had revealed how his son didn’t inform him about most of the things in his personal life back then. Moreover, Suresh expressed having warned Vivek to not to be with Aishwarya.

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When Suresh Oberoi talked about his present equation with Salman Khan

Previously, in one of his interviews with a leading daily, Suresh Oberoi commented on the kind of equation he now has with Salman Khan, considering the bitter past the latter had with the former’s son, Vivek Oberoi. Revealing how Salman still respects him, Suresh had said:

“Whenever Salman Khan meets me, he hides the cigarette and then talks to me as a part of respect. I always tell Vivek to touch Salim Ji's feet. I also respect Salim Bhai. Things happened but my relationships are good enough."


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