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When Vivek Oberoi made his debut with Company in 2002,he was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful.

Written by Shalini Rai | Published:March 8, 2009 11:44 pm

After a streak of bad luck at the box office,one-time Bollywood hearthrob Vivek Oberoi hopes to make a mark again with his much-awaited

When Vivek Oberoi made his debut with Company in 2002,he was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. However,soon after the success of Saathiya,his dream run at the box office ground to a halt. And it took him roles such as that of Kesu in Omkara and gangster Maya Dolas in Shootout at Lokhandwala to regain footing in the slippery,slimy,unforgiving world of Bollywood.

Now,though,the actor is back to doing what he does best — emoting — and this time,with two much-awaited movies — Kookie Gulati’s Prince and Rensil d’Silva’s next,co-starring Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. “It was an absolute pleasure working with Saif and Kareena. They are both fantastic actors and fabulous human beings,” says the actor,who’s been linked in the past to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and which,many aver,cost him several prime roles at the peak of his career. Oberoi was in town for the inauguration of an art exhibition by Dilip Chhabria at the Tilting Art Gallery in Ishanya Mall on Friday evening.

Looking dapper in a simple yet elegantly cut black jacket teamed with denim,Oberoi held forth on his forthcoming film Prince directed by Kookie Gulati. “I am really looking forward to this film. Kookie has done a brilliant job of directing it,” says the actor. It’s set in Durban and revolves around the search for a rare gold coin. It also stars British actress Aruna Shields,who’ll make her Bollywood debut with the film,slated for release early next year.

Asked about his reaction on the success of Slumdog Millionaire,Oberoi says it’s a great honour for Indian talent,especially for A R Rahman. “It feels good to be recognised and when that recognition comes at the level of the Oscars,it’s a different feeling altogether. I’ve always admired Rahman’s music and he’s given some absolutely fantastic music in some of my films as well. Kudos to him!”

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