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Viveik's midnight pranks
Indo-Asian News Service
"Omkara' crewmembers were scared out of their wits when Viveik Oberoi played an elaborate prank on them at a picnic spot on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Viveik recalled the incident with glee: "Once, after shooting till late, we got a break the next day. So, I took a few people from the crew whom I had become friends with to a small picnic spot, Kates Point, in Mahabaleshwar.
"It was way past midnight. I had got drinks and food for them. We were all singing and dancing when somebody asked what place I had got them to.
"I told them it was the place where Kate, a 'phirangi' girl, had committed suicide during British rule. After her death the point was named after her... Everyone became silent. Suddenly there were those eerie sounds around. I told them that was her 'makbara', (actually, a view point built by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd).
"I told them everyone who comes here has to pray for her soul's peace and make some offerings. I could see all of them offering wine and beer and strawberries... it was so hilarious... it took them two days to realise that it was a joke."
Viveik Oberoi shines in 'Ek Main
By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Though director Indra Kumar and his leading lady Amrita Rao will be seen in their elements on "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" this Friday, it's Viveik Oberoi who steals the show.
And how! The image of the tantrum-thrower he acquired recently on "Indian Idol 2" - it was maliciously reported that Viveik had made trivial but unreasonable demands on the sets of Sony's show - went for a toss as Viveik got into the groove of things during the show's recording Monday night.
"Forget tantrums," said "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" producer-director Gajendra Singh. "Viveik was more cooperative than any star we have had on the show."
"We had a major power failure. Viveik was cool. He waited, offered to go for dinner and return, and still waited some more. And his inside knowledge of music bowled everyone over, including the maestro - judge Hariharan," Singh told IANS.
Come Friday, Hariharan will be heard commenting appreciatively on Viveik's music sense while the actor will be all ears listening to the jiving pairs. He was specially taken up with Ujjaini whose singing impressed everyone.
When Viveik got to know Ujjaini shared his birthday (Sep 3) he walked up to the stage to kiss her hand.
"I must say I was also impressed by Indu-ji's (Indra Kumar) music sense. The way he listened and reacted to the nuances was amazing. Like Viveik, this was Indu-ji's first time on our show.
"Amrita Rao, of course, has been on 'Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005' a couple of times. We welcomed her like member of our team," said Singh.
Apart from Viveik, the other showstopper on "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" this Friday is Rajiv - the singer from Chamba who forgets his lines of the song "Jai jai shiv shankar" from "Aap Ki Kasam" midway and bursts into tears.
This isn't the first occasion when Rajiv has had a memory lapse during singing. But this time his colleagues and the judges were not in an easily forgiving mood.