Exclusive: Director Apoorva Lakhia Shares Insights on Vivek Oberoi's Casting Hurdles in Shootout At Lokhandwala

Director Apoorva Lakhia reveals the casting struggles faced by Vivek Oberoi in the film Shootout At Lokhandwala due to his fallout with Salman Khan. Lakhia emphasizes Vivek's talent as an actor despite his controversial past.

Reported by: PTC Punjabi Desk | Edited by: Entertainment Desk  |  May 30th 2023 04:47 PM |  Updated: May 30th 2023 05:53 PM

Exclusive: Director Apoorva Lakhia Shares Insights on Vivek Oberoi's Casting Hurdles in Shootout At Lokhandwala

The longstanding feud between Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi is no secret, with the reasons behind their fallout widely known. Over the years, numerous rumours have circulated, fueled by their bitter relations. Recently, director Apoorva Lakhia made a shocking revelation about the challenges faced while casting Vivek in the film Shootout At Lokhandwala. Let's delve deeper into this intriguing revelation.

Vivek Oberoi's Press Conference Controversy:

In 2003, when Vivek Oberoi was allegedly in a relationship with Aishwarya Rai, he called a press conference, accusing Salman Khan of making threatening phone calls. It is worth noting that Salman and Aishwarya were reportedly involved before their breakup in 2002. Following this infamous press conference, Vivek faced the repercussions, as he became the target of an undeclared boycott within the film industry.

Apoorva Lakhia's Revelation:

During a conversation with Siddharth Kannan on his YouTube channel, director Apoorva Lakhia opened up about the difficulties he encountered in casting Vivek Oberoi for Shootout At Lokhandwala. 

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Lakhia shared that several producers approached him, demanding that he replace Vivek or risk losing their collaboration. However, Lakhia had already made a commitment to Vivek and stood firm in honouring that commitment. To his relief, prominent figures such as Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, and Sanjay Gupta supported his decision. Lakhia reasoned that if his film proved successful, those who initially rejected him would eventually come back.

Vivek Oberoi's Acting Talent:

Apoorva Lakhia expressed his support for Vivek Oberoi's casting, acknowledging that the actor possessed significant talent. While acknowledging that Vivek's actions were regrettable and should not have occurred, Lakhia emphasized that talent and professionalism were his primary considerations. Lakhia was impressed with Vivek's acting abilities and praised his performance during the auditions, ultimately believing that Vivek did a fantastic job.

Here, Lakhia's emphasis on Vivek's talent as an actor underscores the importance of separating personal matters from professional abilities. It remains to be seen how this revelation will impact Vivek Oberoi's career and the ongoing dynamic between him and Salman Khan.


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