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Akshay Oberoi: Used to look at Randeep Hooda and think that if he can turn a great actor, so can I

April 22, 2016 7:01:09 PM IST
By Shaheen Irani, Glamsham Editorial
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From his debut movie ISI LIFE MEIN to LAAL RANG, Akshay Oberoi's acting has always been appreciated. In an interview with us, the actor spoke about his experience working on the movie, doing cameos and more.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:


What made you take this project?
It is a really cool script, character of a lifetime for me and to work with Randeep Hooda.

Which is that one element in your character which you relate to?
The character sort of idolizes Randeep's character. We've all personally had that moments in our life where there's somebody we look up to, make friends with them and then it breaks apart because of whatever reasons. What's really weird about this relationship is that since I didn't have a backing in the industry, I used to look at Randeep and think that if he did it, I can too. That is the only thing I probably relate to in the film. Other than that, the character comes from a different world than I do, speaks different than me, looks and behaves differently. He's very small town, shy and all the other different things.

How difficult was it to portray your character on screen?
It wasn't that hard for me actually because I worked a lot on it during pre-production. Actually I have done a film prior to this called GURGAON. In that I'm speaking proper Haryanvi, like Randeep speaks. I had actually gone and lived there for a while. By the time this film came to me, I already had that accent right. In this, it's diluted because he's from Karnal and not Rohtak. I spent a lot of time behind the research. The dialogue writer of the film is whom this is loosely based on. So it was him who I tried to copy and get right.

Was there any kind of pressure on you regarding this character?
I never felt that. The minute you start putting any responsibility or pressure on yourself, the fun goes away. I became an actor because I love to act.

In this movie, your girlfriend is greedy about the money...
*Laughs* Yeah, she's greedy in real life also.

'Not looking to make a career playing commercial hero'

What made you get influenced by Randeep in the movie?
When I first meet Shankar, I'm not very interested and wonder who is this guy. He had an RX-100 at that time, that even today people will flaunt in Karnal. Seeing that, my character realizes that he must have something special, which is why he starts getting interested in him. Then he teaches me how to smoke a cigarette, drink alcohol and even his business. I just keep getting more and more attracted to him and then act out in a more immature way because I'm trying to fit in his boots. It's very organic and you can tell why my character is getting attracted to Shankar.

Share your experience about working with your director & one thing about him you like the most...
He's the 6-7th director I've worked with now. I like his passion. If he wasn't directing the film, it might have not been made because it's a very off-beat kind of subject mixed with commercial elements. He kept fighting for what he believed in. He never put pressure on anyone.

You are also being offered many cameos...
I don't even think about it that way. For me, I did a film called PIZZA, after which FITOOR came to me, which I don't really see as a cameo. It was a proper role in my opinion, but was credited as a special appearance and to be honest, I don't know why. It was a big film with a brilliant director. While working on FITOOR, I got GURGAON because Jha producers was the AP of that film and it's producing GURGAON, which is one of the most special films in my life. Because I was in GURGAON, the director of LAAL RANG considered me for the movie. BOMBAIRIYA also came from these films happening. Then I did a Ponds ad with Shoojit Sircar and he approached me for PIKU. We have a stereotype for actors in the industry and once someone does something different people get shocked. I think as the industry grows we'll stop slotting people. Your question is completely apt for the current scenario, but we'll stop doing that and say he's just an actor. People might question why someone does cameos and think they should rather come in the list of commercial heroes, but I'm not looking to make a career that way. Being a star or no isn't in your hands, but being an actor sure is.

Anything after this?
Yeah there's something, but it's not been officially signed. I'm waiting for LAAL RANG to come out before making a decision on it. GURGAON will release in September and BOMBAIRIYA in December. I have kept doing short films because of my love for acting.

Your dream role?
LAAL RANG is pretty much as close as it can get. You'll see the film and understand what I mean. There are so many shades in this character and he's so different.

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