Vivek to join the Army

THINGS ARE finally looking up for Vivek Oberoi. He will be joining the Indian Army on an honorary basis. If all goes well, Vivek Oberoi (who reinvented himself in Shootout at Lokhandwala by playing a dreaded gangster) will soon join the Territorial Army.

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Published: Mon 15 Oct 2007, 10:27 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:44 AM

vivek"Vivek has received the offer from the Indian Army and he has shown a keen interest to take it up," says a source close to the Oberoi family.

When contacted, Vivek's father, Suresh Oberoi, confirmed the news that his son has received the offer. He said, "Of course, Vivek won't stop acting. He will join the Army on an honorary basis."

Vivek will have to undergo a fitness test before he takes up his post. "We have yet to meet the Chief of Army Staff to get the details. But I must say that Vivek is very excited about this," added Suresh Oberoi.

Suresh Oberoi revealed that many of his family members have served the Indian Army. He said, "My grandfather served the Army for 30 years. My dad was in the Army during the British rule, but he was thrown out because he went on to join the Bhagat Singh's group. Vivek's nana retired as a General."

He adds, "Earlier, Vivek was in a horrible situation. He was undergoing a very tough time in his life when he started working for Shootout at Lokhandwala. He had too much stress. The media had gone against him. He had lost his girlfriend (read Aishwarya). Any other person in his place would have taken to alcohol. But he decided to fight back."

'Random gossip does not bother me'

HIS OFF-screen antics are getting more print space these days than what he does on screen. So, whether it is signing a film that also stars Abhishek Bachchan, his numerous attempts to kiss and make up with Salman Khan or whether he is being cold-shouldered by Sanjay Dutt - Vivek Oberoi is constantly in the news.

"I will not clarify anything that has been written about my personal life and not my work. When my film releases, it'll be written about by the media. But, what they are writing about me does not bother me.

Doesn't it ever? "Well, I don't sit back and think, what I should do. But yes, I do get embarrassed when we are at the breakfast table in the morning and my parents end up reading some random snippet about me in a tabloid. The strange look on their faces makes me feel very uncomfortable. At the same time, they understand how this industry works. That way, I have very understanding parents," he explains.

Currently shooting in Jammu, Vivek will be in Istanbul soon for the next two months for the shooting of Mission Istanbul. "I am doing some tough training for the movie. I have to be physically perfect for this role. My look for this movie is completely different. It is a surprise, so just wait and watch," he shares.

Vivek, reportedly, is also associated with many NGOs. "I don't do it for publicity, I do it because it makes me feel closer to God," he says.

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