Omi Vaidya aka 'Chatur' from '3 Idiots' is back in Bollywood

Updated: 14 April, 2017 12:20 IST | Shaheen Parkar |

The LA-based actor returns to Bollywood with Abhinay Deo's upcoming film, 'Raita', a comic caper, starring Irrfan Khan

Omi Vaidya in a still from  3 Idiots
Omi Vaidya in a still from '3 Idiots'

He shot to fame as Chatur Ramalingam aka Silencer in Aamir Khan-starrer '3 Idiots' (2009). Best remembered for his hilarious 'Chamatkar' speech in the comedy, Omi Vaidya became an overnight sensation. The LA-based actor returns to Bollywood with Abhinay Deo's upcoming film, 'Raita', a comic caper, starring Irrfan Khan.

Says Abhinay, "For this particular character in Raita, I couldn't see anyone else other than Omi essaying it. We went the extra mile to reach out to him in the US and bring him back to Bollywood."

Raita has gone on floors, but Omi joins the cast at a later date. "He begins shooting in May," says Abhinay, who calls Raita a 'Mumbai-centric quirky comedy'. "It falls in the same genre as Delhi Belly (2011). The comedy is situational."

After '3 Idiots', Omi starred in Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Dil To Baccha Hai Ji' (2011), Rohit Dhawan's 'Desi Boyz' (2011), Abbas-Mustan's 'Players' (2012) and Ashwini Chaudhary's 'Jodi Breakers' (2012). Away from B-Town, he has kept busy in the US. Omi's recent release is 'Here Or To Go?', in which he plays a gay character. He also features in 'Brown Nation', a satire on Indians in the US, on Netflix.

Docu on Vaidya
Omi's the subject of Kenny Meehan and Bill Bowles' Big In Bollywood, which released on Netflix earlier this year. It traces his journey from a struggling actor in LA to earning fame with 3 Idiots.

First Published: 11 April, 2017 12:03 IST

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