Actor Vivek Oberoi is all set to play India’s great spiritual guru Swami Vivekananda in the latter’s biopic. The film will be a web-series that will be streamed in three parts in one of the OTT platforms in India.
Swami Vivekananda’s life story has been made into movies quite a few times. The most prominent one is director G V Iyer’s Vivekananda (1998). The film saw Sarvadaman D Banerjee play the titular role of Swami Vivekananda while Mithun Chakraborty played his guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The latter won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor.
But this web series is the first time that Swami Vivekananda’s life will be explored in the digital space. As per sources, “the actor has been undergoing extensive research in order to get into the skin of the character and portray the evangelist accurately.”
Sources also reveal that a lot of research has gone into the project, which is in the scripting stage currently. The shoot is expected to commence early next year.
This is Oberoi’s second web series after Inside Edge. This is also the second time that he will be playing a real-life character after Rakht Charitra (2011), where he played the gangster-turned-politician Paritala Ravi.
Not many people would know that the actor’s actual name is Vivek Anand Oberoi. He was named so since his parents were devout followers of the spiritual guru. But he dropped ‘Anand’ from his name out of respect for Swami Vivekananda.