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Vivek Oberoi birthday special: How the reel-life star turned real-life hero


Actor Vivek Oberoi celebrates 41st birthday today. Vivek is the son of a Suresh Oberoi. He was born and brought up in Hyderabad and studied at Mayo College in Ajmer and then completed further studies in Mumbai at Mithibai College.

He made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s film, Company for which he received a Filmfare Award for Best Debut as well as Best Supporting Actor. After that, he was seen in films like Saathiya, Masti, Yuva, Kisan: The Warrior Poet, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mission Istanbul. His recently released ‘Bank Chor’ saw he playing a cop’s character in the film starring Riteish Deshmukh and Bhuvan Arora, and he was fabulous.

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Actor and social worker

In a film career spanning a decade, Vivek Oberoi has essayed diverse roles and tasted both successes and failures on the big screen, but he says the joy of social work and supporting charitable causes for others’ happiness is far more fulfilling an award or reward for him.

“Acting in movies is my passion, but the kind of human satisfaction and meaningfulness that comes into my life by helping others, wiping away tears and trying to bring a smile to someone else’s face is exceptional…that joy is more fulfilling that any award or reward I have ever got,” the Vivek told IANS in an interview.

We all know about his acting but do you know Vivek has a charitable side. It is common knowledge that Vivek Oberoi has a heart of gold, for he has been involved in a lot of charity work where he selflessly devotes his time and energy into helping the needy.

Helping hand for poor and needy people

Earlier this year, Vivek Oberoi announced the launch of Karrm Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.’s affordable housing project at Shahapur in Maharashtra. This project would provide affordable housing to more than 15,000 families at a cost of Rs 7,90,000.

He had also donated 25 flats to families of slain CRPF jawans in Maharashtra.

Reportedly, Vivek gifted an apartment to an acid attack survivor Lalita Benbansi on her wedding.

The actor, reportedly, has donated $3 million to date and helped raise $25 million to support numerous charities dealing with civic and social issues.

Here are some of the projects that Vivek Oberoi has been an integral part of:

* Over the years, Vivek has involved himself in several philanthropic causes. Vivek helped rebuild a village, which was hit severely by the 2004 tsunami in Tamil Nadu. In fact, he was in Chennai when the disaster struck and he assembled six truckloads of relief supplies. Later, he also adopted a tsunami-ravaged village in the state’s Cuddalore district.

* His parents, Suresh Oberoi and Yashodhara Oberoi, both have been working towards educating slum children and helping cancer patients for over three decades. His sister Meghna collects funds for donation by auctioning her artwork and after his marriage in 2010, his wife Priyanka Alva also became a part of his philanthropy work.

* Running ONE (the Oberoi Nation Building and Empowerment) Foundation.

* Oberoi also started “Set Beautiful Free”, an initiative under ONE to provide shelter and education to children of sex workers from Mumbai’s Kamathipura area.

* The actor is also associated with Banyan, an organisation which looks into rehabilitation of homeless women with mental illness.

* The actor has lent a lending a helping hand to S.H.E. – Support Her Education – a campaign launched by beauty brand The Body Shop. The campaign aims to educate 100 girls in need. A portion of the sales proceeds from The Body Shop products will contribute towards the cause.

* The actor also runs a school at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Named Project Devi, the facility caters to underprivileged girls abandoned by their families. He often goes there to check on their progress.

(Inputs from IANS)