Vivek Oberoi and Salman Khan don’t share a good equation as such, as many will know. When asked about Khan’s recent rape comment when referring to his training regime for ‘Sultan’ (2016), Oberoi’s reply was definitely an interesting one.
The actor said, “I think probably media people have lot better perspective on it. You still are probably lot younger from when I started off as. So a lot of people who I chatted with 14 years ago are now editors and reached a certain level. When I interact with them, they sometimes feel embarrassed at what it’s become today. It’s more like a rat race. They sometimes tell me at the end of the day, anybody who’s a journalist has some degree of respect for the work which is why they chose that part. But it boils down to the commerce or the headline. It boils down to sensationalising things where ‘What can I take’ becomes important. Sometimes, when you don’t get something, people tend to make something out of something which actually isn’t there at all. People twist, attribute and go as far as they can push something to create enough noise and grab attention. It is that SMS generation where everybody wants everything quick, concise with instant gratification.”
“And it’s something we, as industries both, as actors as well as journalists need to kind of understand and go beyond, go past this. If this relationship and that trust has to survive. 14 years ago, I was never in a situation where I had three PR people standing when I’m talking to the journalists. I would invite them to my house, have coffee with them and chat. It would be so easy and casual. Everybody’s on the defensive right now. Everybody needs a layer of protection now. You keep attacking and you are milking the proverbial cow too much. At the end of the day, we are actors and if people keep doing that to actors, we will keep putting more barriers. There will be lesser access which is what politicians are doing now because they got hammered so badly. That’s going to affect both the industries. It’s a very important and large question. I don’t know how you are going to put this in perspective,” he concluded.
Well, it certainly seems as if Oberoi has given an interesting take on the situation.
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