Is Vivek Oberoi overdoing the gangster roles?

Vivek Oberoi shot to fame as Chandu in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company but over the years we’ve seen him do so many similar roles

Playing a gangster in films is one of the secret fantasies of almost all B-town boys, because it involves blood, gore and girls. Sanjay Dutt has been Bollywood’s resident gangster for a long time and his alleged involvement with the ‘Bhai log’ added to the image. His role as Raghu bhai in Mahesh Manjrekar’s Vaastav is considered as the benchmark of gangster films, along with Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya and Company. Apparently, Vivek Oberoi is trying to take over the ‘resident gangster’ moniker from Sanju baba, thanks to his similar appearances in so many such films.

Starting with his debut film, Company, Vivek has been portraying gangsters with élan like very few others in B-town. Though his Kesu Firangi character in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara wasn’t a typical gangster part but it had its evil streak. This was followed by Apoorva Lakhia’s Shootout At Lokhandwala, in which Vivek essayed the character of Maya Bhai and was well appreciated. When Shootout At Wadala, its sequel, was announced, there were talks about Vivek playing the role of gangster, Manya Surve. Somehow sense prevailed and he opted out of it, because he was dissatisfied with the script.

The latest we hear is that Vivek is preparing to act in the new biopic on Dawood, the shooting of which is expected to start next year. The biopic aims to unravel the cult status achieved by India’s most dreaded don – Dawood Ibrahim, besides showcasing his human side. While we’ve had enough of Vivek’s gangster outings especially with the negative role in Krrish 3 also coming up, let us know what you think.