December 1, 2011 3:05:19 pm
Indian American actor Omi Vaidya,who will be seen providing comic relief yet again in upcoming film ‘Players’ says that him being typecast as the funny guy is not strange as every actor in Bollywood is bracketed into a genre.
The 29-year-old actor,who shot to fame playing Chatur Ramalingam in ‘3 Idiots’,said that audience likes to see him in a funny avatar.
Almost any actor you have in Bollywood is bracketed into a type. John Abrahan will always be the hunky guy. Whatever has clicked with the audience before is repeated again in films. In future I will be given the chance to do better things but as of now people are enjoying what I am best at, said Omi on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.
The actor,who has also been a part of Madhur Bhandarkar’s comedy ‘Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji’,says he is good at playing comic characters with a tragic side to it.
I am good at playing such characters. They are funny but something bad happens to them and the audience feels sympathy. Even if he maybe a bad guy but still he is liked by the people. The process of doing drama and comedy are very similar. I have drama in 3 Idiots as well. There is a crying scene. But I think there is a lack of new fresh comedians in India,so people have liked me as a funny guy.
Omi is carrying on dishing out what people want him to,even in ‘Players’,an action film starring Bipasha Basu,Abhishek Bachchan,Bobby Deol and Sonam Kapoor. The film is the official Hindi remake of ‘The Italian Job’.
I play the role done by Seth Green in the original film. He’s a fun sort of a guy,who is the heart of the film and spreads warmth. In such an action-packed serious film you need a little bit of comic relief and that’s where I come in, said Omi.
I am shooting ‘Jodi Breakers’ right now in Goa with R Madhavan and Bipasha. I will be starting Satte Pe Satta next year, he added.
The actor,who has Goan roots,is in the state to screen his documentary ‘Big In Bollywood’ at IFFI. The film charts his rise to fame through ‘3 Idiots’.
Some of my friends from America who are documentarians wanted to capture my rise to fame in Bollywood. They came to India and taped my activities over here while I was working on 3 idiots and after. It shows me walking around Mumbai before the film when nobody knew me,and then how people were hounding me after the premiere of the film. Then the promotional tour of 3 Idiots where there were thousands of fans creating a ‘fandemonium’.
The film is 70 minute-long and has a song in the end. It has interviews by Rajkumar Hirani,Aamir Khan.
People who are not from India get to see Bollywood from a different perspective with this film. Even I share their astonishment at Bollywood as I too grew up outside the country, said Omi.
‘Big In Bollywood’ has won the Audience Award for the Best Documentary at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles this year.
It has been shown at other places like Toronto,Vancouver,Washington,New York. Its going to play at the Bahamas international film festival this week, he said.
Omi also has plans to direct. I want to direct films as I have studied direction at New York University. I am skilled at that and would make films special to me.
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