“I love my character” – Vivek Oberoi

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After seeing the trailer, Vivek Oberoi’s new film Mission Istanbul looks to be an action packed thrill ride. The film, which opens on July 25th, also stars Zayed Khan, Suniel Shetty, Nikitin Dheer, Shabbir Ahluwalia and Shriya Saran. After last year’s amazing performance in Shootout at Lokhandwala, it surprised many he was going to be seen once again in the action genre.

However, Vivek said that he loved the script and his character and that is why he decided to do the film: “It’s not a conscious decision to do action films. Apoorva offered me the role and the script was fantastic, so I accepted it. The USP (unique selling point) of the film is that it is technically brilliant. It has a new idea and concept. It has a global perspective on terrorism and how India is involved in that global framework.”

Adding, “I am really excited about this movie. I love my character. It was fun playing him. Everything you imagine as a young kid while watching action movies, all those fantasies came true.”

The music, which is used more as background music than the traditional soundtrack was launched at the International Indian Film Academy’s weekend in Bangkok. “Music of the film has been used very intelligently. It’s not that suddenly the narrative stops, and a song is inserted. It is used in the backdrops. The story has international flavour so we didn’t want to create any breaks. It is a non-traditional script,” he revealed to IANS.

Both he and Zayed had to perform some dangerous stunts for the film and they had so much fun doing one, they did it seven times. “We had to jump from 44th story of a building and we were like, ‘Okay we have to jump from there and we said it’s cool and we jumped’. We ended up doing it six or seven times till the graphic expert came and asked us to stop, saying you guys are going to burn the ropes.”

Much to the delight of his fans, Vivek also has some new projects lined up. “My next is for Tips which is really a big extravaganza. I am shooting the film in South Africa. Then I am doing a film for Karan Johar, which is being directed by Renzel D’silva with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. The role is very interesting and a complete departure from what I have been doing till now.”

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