The upcoming Malayalam film 'Lucifer' will be a milestone for a few artistes and one among them is Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi who will be seen making his Malayalam debut.
And yes Vivek is excited. Talking about the project and why he chose to be a part of it, he said, “There are three reasons actually. One is because of tremendous love for the state, Kerala. It's been about 18-19 years that I have been coming here to visit Sabarimala temple or come here to holiday with my family. I have a deep connection with the people and the state – be it its food, music or culture.”
“I love coming here and over the years, people have asked me 'why don't you do a Malayalam film' and I would say if ever I do it, I want to be in a Mohanlal film. So second reason was Mohanlal, of course.”
“And third was the strangest narration that I ever had. Prithviraj was shooting somewhere and I was at shoot elsewhere and finally he made the narration over phone. His narration was so exciting just over the phone.”
After Prithvi narrated the story, Vivek asked him if a story with so much of complexity and intense emotions be ever made in India to which the former said, 'yes , we gonna make it.' Vivek then confessed that it was he himself who expressed his desire to be part of it after the narration before Prithvi himself asked him.
“Lucifer' story is so intricately weaved by scriptwriter Murali Gopi. It is that kind of story that an actor comes by once in a lifetime. The way Prithviraj has handled the movie, I am sure that none will say it is his debut directorial,” he stated.
Talking about the language barrier, Vivek admitted that he had a miserable time learning Malayalam. “After doing this movie, I will never forget one Malayalam word in life – 'angigarikathirikuva'. I really had a tough time learning that single word. But I think I have put in a genuine effort because I feel the Malayalam audience is highly intellectual – very well read, well educated and very advanced. As there are discerning viewers, the respect has to be given to the language also. I took the effort to learn the dialogues as I wanted to really feel and perform. Yes, I have done my best,” he concluded.
Reportedly, Vivek will be seen playing the antagonist in the movie. 'Lucifer' will hit screens on Thursday.