Vivek Oberoi's maiden production in Busan
The movie was recently showcased at the film festival
Vivek Oberoi has been part of hardcore commercial cinema so when he chooses to make his debut as a producer with a small film that follows the fortunes of an impoverished village couple, it comes as quite a surprise.
Watch Indian Circus, directed by Mangesh Hadawale was screened at the 16th Busan international film festival in Korea and he can't stop raving about it.
A still from Watch Indian Circus
"Watch Indian Circus is a true Indian film about Indians and the hardships they undergo. When the film came to me I felt that I needed to do my bit by getting it out for all to see and it was something that I believed in," he says.
The film, set against the backdrop of corrupt local politics, is the tale of a couple that dreams of taking their children to the circus someday.
However, it's clearly a very new space the actor is now adjusting with, but Vivek seems more than confident, wanting to support cinema with a message.
"Box office economics dictate that Bollywood has to provide for its massive domestic audience that are usually looking for an escapist sort of world.
So I think it's only essential that the big studios shouldn't avoid producing films on real issues," he adds.
Apparently he has chosen not to over-publicise the film, because he believes the content will speak for itself.
At the moment, Vivek who has been busy with films like Zila Ghaziabad and prepping up for Krrish 2 also hopes to produce more films.
However, acting, he says, will always stay on the forefront.
"I've been around in the industry for quite some time and I feel the time is right for me to venture into other facets of filmmaking.
That doesn't mean that my acting career has taken a backseat; I'm an actor first and will always continue to do so," he concludes.