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Omi Vaidya on 3 Idiots: Chatur was so impactful that people struggle to see me in other avatars

Actor Omi Vaidya on Eros Now's Metro Park Quarantine Edition, Rajkumar Hirani directorial 3 Idiots, the lockdown and more.

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2020 8:29:02 am
omi vaidya Omi Vaidya’s Metro Park Quarantine Edition is streaming on Eros Now. (Photo: Instagram/omivaidya).

Actor Omi Vaidya, who rose to fame with his character Chatur Ramalingam in 3 Idiots, recently went LIVE from The Indian ExpressFacebook page to talk about his latest Eros Now project Metro Park Quarantine Edition, the Rajkumar Hirani directorial and lockdown, among more.

Excerpts from the interaction.

You have done a lot of work but people still recognise you as Chatur from 3 Idiots.

A lot of people think I got 3 Idiots just like that. I got that role after years of struggle with a lot of support from my family to follow my dream; a dream which is not easy. I did a couple of roles on American TV and someone in India took notice of it, and that’s how it all happened. It took a lot of years and a lot of training.

Do you want to break the typecast?

I have been typecast my whole life but as far as Chatur is concerned, I think it was very impactful and hence, it is difficult for the audience to see me in some other avatar. However, I can do it (different roles).

Now do I want to break it? No. However, I want to be challenged. I want to do different things. Doing another role like Chatur wouldn’t excite me and right now, I don’t have to chase money as such. So, I don’t mind waiting for good roles and working on my craft with small things. I became an actor because I enjoy the craft, not because of the fame aspect. To be honest, I want to use the typecast and run with it. I want to use it to help people find relief in their struggles.

Are you in touch with your 3 Idiots co-stars?

I am still in touch with Madhavan. He is a great guy. I saw Aamir last year. He is so busy. He made a little time for me. There was something special about that movie and the people working on it. I worked in 4-5 films after that but nothing got close to that (3 Idiots) feeling. We all knew that the film is special back then but did not know how much.

During the pandemic, you also released a video of yourself as Chatur.

It (the video) is funny but the message is important. I thought the message will reach better if it was said in Chatur’s way.

You also shot for Metro Park Quarantine Edition. How was it?

It was a difficult yet humbling experience. Actors are very privileged people because we don’t have to take care of other jobs like camera, make-up and all. We just have to learn our lines. But at the end of the day, we get the most recognition because it is our face on the screen. It is easy for actors to forget that a whole team behind the camera works hard to make them look good. When I had to shoot everything all by myself, I realised how these people do not get due credit.

What has the lockdown taught you?

It taught me that we all are in this together irrespective of religion, caste or anything else.

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