Being a star cousin doesn’t always help. You have to carve your niche and have to go through struggles. Despite being the first cousin of actor Vivek Oberoi, Akshay Oberoi’s journey in Bollywood was never easy. He had his own share of struggles and like any other outsider or newcomer even he had to go knocking doors of producers and directors for that one ‘big chance’.
After making a start with ISI LIFE MEIN under Rajshri banner, Akshay almost waited for four years and strived hard until he fetched PIZZA. Post the Bejoy Nambiar film, he was inundated with offers. Akshay was last seen in PIKU in a small role. Today he has as good as four films in hand – FITOOR, BOMBARIYA, GURGAON, and YEH LAAL RANG.
“The whole industry can be in denial sometimes. You get carried away sometimes by the illusion and can’t accept the ground reality. So I don’t want to fall in that trap anymore. I should know at every point in my career where mentally exactly I am, where I have reached and where I have not. And that’s the only way to keep being seen. I know for a matter of fact that there was a time when I went knocking from door to door to please the filmmakers and text them in different styles to bag that one ‘good opportunity’. But that was very difficult. So when I talk from this point, when I have 4 projects that too good ones, I feel really happy. For me this is growth. This is one step forward. So every year if I keep moving one step forward, I can ask for nothing more,” says the actor.
Akshay further says that Bollywood loves ‘slotting’ actors. However, this practice will be wiped out one fine day, according to him
“Our industry loves categorizing actors. You suddenly witness Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapoor in one bracket, then stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in another bracket, while Khans in yet another bracket. And if that is not enough let’s put the rest others in one bunch or slot them as indie actors who work for parallel cinema and all. So this has been prevalent for a long time. But I think in next 5-6 years all these bracket system will go away because of the audience. There won’t be any slotting of actors,” says Akshay
“Having said that, in an industry where so much of slotting and bracketing is done, I am very fortunate that the same industry has given a chance to actors like me. The reality of the situation is that we have so many films releasing and just five actors can’t do all those films. You need more people for the industry to grow. And I am proof of that finally industry is growing and giving chances to younger, newer people. I think that way we are on the right path,” he adds on a parting note.