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Vivek OberoiWhen Vivek Oberoi visited a church and a dance bar
13th May 2007  15.49 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  


Vivek Oberoi did extensive research for his role in Apoorva Lakhia's forthcoming movie Shootout At Lokhandwala , in which he plays a real gangster who was gunned down in an encounter in Lokhandwala in 1992.

He began his acting career with the role of a fictional gangster Chandu in Ram Gopal Varma's Company . Since then Vivek Oberoi's acting career has been through many rough patches. Now it comes full circle with another gangster role: that of Dawood Ibrahim's henchman Maya Dolas.



Vivek took deep interest in researching about Maya Dolas. He scoured for information on Maya in police files, he talked with criminals who had known Maya and he met the cops who trapped and shot him in Lokhandwala encounter.

But the most interesting part of Vivek's research was his visit to a church and a dance bar.

Maya Dolas was a converted Christian. To understand Maya's character, Vivek went to Mahim Church to observe young Maharastrian Christians. And the visit did him well because he noticed that the Christians there had the cross tattooed on their knuckles. Vivek also got an erasable tattoo on his thumb knuckle.

On different occasion, Vivek also went to a dance bar in Dubai. He went there to observe the ambience of a dance bar and how people behave in there.

Maya Dolas and his friends had spent Rs 10 lakh in a dance bar a day before the encounter in Lokhandwala. There is a sequence in the film that shows this jamboree of gangsters.



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