If you thought Vivek Oberoi has been a bit out of news, here’s what the actor’s been up to. Vivek’s just completed a two-month long schedule for Kumar Taurani’s untitled film in South Africa.
“He’s done parkour stunts in this one,” informs his publicist Dale Bhagwagar. “We’ve seen these kind of stunts in international films like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and the James Bond thriller Casino Royale. But they are new to Bollywood. Vivek has been receiving special training for these from action experts Dean from UK and David from Thailand.”
So, what actually, are ‘parkour stunts’? “They’re about jumping freestyle and clinging to the next thing in sight. They’re meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment, from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls. Remember that famous chase sequence in the beginning of Casino Royale, where Daniel Craig and a black guy jump on under-construction buildings. That’s parkour,” Bhagwagar tells us.
“It’s not easy to perform and requires solid body-discipline and training too. One little slip and the actor can end up breaking his bones,” he adds. The film is directed by Kookie V. Gulati and will star three heroines opposite Vivek.
This month, the actor is also set to fly to New York to begin shooting for the Karan Johar production directed by Rensil D’Silva. Vivek co-stars with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in this one.