Vivek Oberoi: The Star Who Could’ve Been a Superstar

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Vivek Oberoi: The Star Who Could’ve Been a Superstar

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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n 2002, as a 10-year-old, I watched Saathiya spell-bound. The music, the refreshing narrative flow, and the sparkling chemistry between its immensely likeable leads had me in its thrall. My friend had to remind me that “yeh wohi hero hai jo Company mein tha.” His convincing portrayal of a gangster, followed by a passionate lover, had made him the ultimate Bollywood find of 2002: a level of stardom that few could dream of after two films, in an industry saturated by Kapoors and Bachchans. It seemed as if Bollywood had found its true-blue golden boy, the next SRK.

Sixteen years on, where is Vivek Oberoi?

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