“You have the potential to become Shah Rukh Khan but you cannot become Shah Rukh Khan” – when Aditya Chopra said this to Vivek Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi (or Vivek Anand Oberoi as he chooses to address himself now) just had a release in the form of PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on the Prime Minister of India. While the actor hoped the film would revive his career, the slow start has proved detrimental and it remains to be seen how the film performs by the end of the weekend.

The actor, who had a very promising start to his career with ‘Saathiya’ and ‘Company’ (both released in the same year), was looked upon as the next big thing in Bollywood. Though he went on to work with some of the biggest filmmakers in big, important films, his career never reached the highs one had expected it to touch. While a lot of people think it was his infamous press conference and rivalry with Salman Khan that resulted in his career taking a hit, there were other reasons why his career went downhill.

In a chat show aired in 2008, Vivek confessed to being arrogant and losing his mind after seeing so much success at an early stage of his career. He refused several films which went on to become huge hits. Some of these films were ‘Munnabhai MBBS’, ‘Hum Tum’ and ‘Bunty Aur Babli’.

After the success of ‘Saathiya’, Yash Raj Films, which had presented the film, was keen on repeating the hit pair of Vivek and Rani Mukerji in ‘Hum Tum’. While Vivek said a ‘yes’ to the film earlier, it soon turned into a ‘no’ for some reason. That is when Aditya Chopra told him “you have the potential to become Shah Rukh Khan but you cannot become Shah Rukh Khan because you already think you are Shah Rukh Khan”.

Vivek talked about this incident candidly and said that he was grateful to Aditya Chopra for trying to put some sense in his mind back then.

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