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Akshay Oberoi’s Bollywood survival mantra


Making it big in the film industry without a godfather is hard but Akshay Oberoi says he never let go of hope. The actor has two interesting films slated to release this year and he is confident that they will help him showcase his talent as a performer.

Akshay says, “As an actor, you have to be very headstrong and thick-skinned, otherwise you can’t survive. You have to have the undying hope that one day I will reach the top. If you don’t have that then you can’t survive. You face so many rejections. I am very arrogant about my talent. There are times when I see an actor’s performance and wonder what he is doing in the industry. But that is adding to my fire. I am optimistic that my day will also come.”

The 32-year-old actor does have a film connection – he is the cousin of Vivek Oberoi. But Akshay, who made his acting debut with “Isi Life Mein” in 2010 and has featured in films like “Pizza”, “Fitoor”, “Laal Rang” and soon-to-release “Gurgaon”, says he has not used his connection to gain advantage in his career. “It took me a long time to get to this point. I have struggled a lot. I don’t have a godfather, who will make films for me. Yes, I come from a film family but I have done everything on my own.”

He may have made his debut in 2010, but it was post the release of 2014 supernatural thriller “Pizza” that Akshay started getting good offers and the actor is trying to make the most of it. “In our industry, you have to be positioned correctly. My aim is to be a good actor. I know that if I have to survive, I have to work harder than everybody else. I may be less famous and less rich than my other contemporaries but that’s ok. I am chasing something else,” he says.

In “Gurgaon”, which marks the directorial debut of National award-winning cinematographer Shanker Raman, Akshay plays a troubled rich kid with an inflated sense of entitlement.