Earlier last weekend it was falsely reported that Vivek had approached Vipul Shah for Upen Patel's role in NAMESTEY LONDON. Apparently there seems to be a lobby working against Vivek Oberoi since he has been maintaining a low profile. When Akshay Kumar got to know about it recently, he was hopping mad at the rumors being floated around. Apparently, Akshay was not aware of the reports earlier since he was in grief over the demise of his secretary Baliji, who was like family to him.
But when it was brought to his notice he told people off in no uncertain terms that he was disgusted with the whole issue of dragging Vivek into the NAMASTEY LONDON controversy. 'I m absolutely shocked that people can actually write or even go to such extent without verifying actual facts. Vivek is like a younger brother to me, he is close to my heart,' said Akshay.
He adds, 'In fact I wanted Vivek to work in the film and suggested to Vipul, I can't believe why people are saying otherwise. I have great regard about Vivek and his potential. In fact sources close to Akshay confirm that Vipul Shah asked Vivek to meet him at his office to go through the script and Vivek went to meet Vipul Shah out of respect. But when Vivek heard the script, he felt that role would fit a newcomer & politely told Vipul that he would not be able to do the role. When Vivek explained to Vipul Shah about it, Vipul agreed to it.
The role was eventually played by Upen Patel, Which proved to be a blessing in disguise for him since it was a great vehicle for him to act in a good set up and in spite of being a new comer; Upen was highly appreciated for his performance in the film.