When movies like Company, Saathiya and Yuva released, people had pinned hopes on Vivek Oberoi becoming the next big actor, and within a few years, he was.
Then in 2003, he called a press conference where Vivek claimed that Salman reportedly dialled his number 41 times and threatened to end his life. Because he was then allegedly dating Salman Khan’s lady love, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It is reported that Vivek was in a steady relationship with Aishwarya while shooting during the movie Kyun! Ho Gaya Na in 2004. Following this press conference, he became “the guy nobody was supposed to work with”.
His feud with Salman had come with a huge professional price, according to actor Vivek’s new revelations. “It was like a fatwa was issued against me from the powers that be,” he told a daily.
Vivek was quoted as saying this in Mumbai Mirror, “When my personal life got messed up, I couldn’t keep my eye on the ball. Even if I gave a hit, work wouldn’t follow. Shootout at Lokhandwala became a huge hit, but I sat at home for a year after that.”
The same report quoted an acquaintance of Vivek opposing the Salman-ruined-Vivek’s career theory, he said, “To what extent Salman blacklisted him in the industry is a matter of conjecture. It’s easy to assume that he used his clout to ask people to exclude Vivek from projects. But then, Salman didn’t get along with Ranbir Kapoor and John Abraham either, and they’ve both got work through the years.”
Meanwhile, on the professional front, Vivek was last seen in the Tamil film Vivegam, starring Ajith. He is also a part of the web series, Inside Edge, which is getting positive responses.
The actor is also involved with a social cause, his project DEVI (Development and Empowerment of Vrindavan Girls’ Initiative) has cared for 2000 minors in the last nine years, even earning him a place in Forbes’ Top 40 philanthropists under 40.