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BOLLYWOOD CALLING: Omi Vaidya
Omi Vaidya aka Chatur Ramalingam has kickstarted his Bollywood innings on a successful note
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 11, 2010)
Making it big in Bollywood has been nothing short of a… ahem ‘chamatkaar’ for Omi Vaidya, better known as Chatur Ramalingam who did his best to get Rajkumar Hirnani’s 3 Idiots into trouble. And his effort has paid off big time! On the big premiere night he says, in his heavily-accented Hindi, “I learnt a few lines like ‘Aamir Khanji ke saath kaam kar ke mazaa aaya’ and stuff like that. But to my utter dismay, no one bothered to take any photographs or seemed interested in doing any interviews!” But three hours later, it was a different scene altogether. “It was hard for me to leave the theatre. The best compliment came from Shabana Azmi, who told my mom that ‘He’s the best in the movie’,” he smiles. Now, his ‘chamatkaarchanged-to-balatkaar’ speech has become a big hit, online and over cell phones. Omi, an actor from Los Angeles has been part of shows like The Office, Arrested Development, CSI Las Vegas and Kath and Kim. “Raju offered me the role of an NRI, which was Chatur. And I got it only because of my bad Hindi. His only condition was that I should stop watching Hindi movies and learning the language. And most importantly he asked me to stop exercising because in the first bit that we were going to shoot for the part where I am supposed to be fat, bald and older. I had to pile More >
Sarita Tanwar (MID-DAY; July 31, 2009)Saif Ali Khan walks in 10 minutes late. He’s looking fresh and surprisingly fit. He gives me a typical filmy hug and announces, “I haven’t had a bath yet.” I tell him that information would’ve been appreciated a few seconds earlier. Even though he is in his gym clothes, he’s not carrying his workout on him.
Must be the blue blood. He settles down on the other end of the couch and dons his serious glasses, “This is the Bengali in me finally coming out. Very Basu Bhattacharya.” Point noted and it’s time for some serious business. He orders coffee and me conversation. And then, we talk about his love, aaj and kal. Excerpts….
The last time you did a light romantic film (Hum Tum), you won a National Award. What are you expecting with Love Aaj Kal (LAK)? I am not in the least interested in awards. It is a kind of celebration that comes much later. I am hoping for a decent opening and a successful run. That’s it.
That’s it? I am hoping and expecting that people will like the movie and enough of them will watch it so that the people who have invested in us are not disappointed. I think it is a good movie and it has a good story. I think stories are really important parts of our lives, whether it is reading or watching them or listening to them from an old tailor in Bhopal, sitting at the foot of my bed, when I was a baby. My parents would be on the balcony, talking with adults and this old man would tell me tales of shikar and tigers and More >