15 years of ‘Omkara’: Did you know that Vivek Oberoi wanted to essay the role of ‘Langda Tyagi’ played by Saif Ali Khan in the movie? – Times of India


Vivek Oberoi has always maintained that the length of his character in a film has never bothered him. As Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Omkara’ clocks 15 glorious years today, the actor revealed that he actually had his eyes set on the character of ‘Langda Tyagi’ in the film.

Talking to a news portal, Vivek said that although he played the role of Keshav Upadhyay in the film, he had his eye set on the character of ‘Langda Tyagi’ which was played by Saif Ali Khan. The actor revealed that the director made him understand that he was too young for that role and that it needed a more mature face. Vivek hadn’t done an all-out negative role like that till then. The actor felt that the character of ‘Langda Tyagi’ was colourful. When he came to know that Bhardwaj was considering Saif for the role, he admitted to being envious at that moment.

Elaborating further, Vivek added that for him, more than perception and how it looks on a poster, it is more about the content. He also remembered a quote that he had once read and that has stuck in his mind. It read, ‘There are no small roles, only small actors’. According to him, if he hadn’t played the role of Keshav Upadhyay, he would have missed something.

Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Omkara’ also starred Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu and others in key roles. The film received positive reviews from the audience and the critics alike.

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