Vivek Oberoi will soon be seen in a 12-part webseries based on the IPL T20 cricket league. He will play a character modelled after controversial IPL founder and chairman, Lalit Modi.
Initially, Vivek Oberoi played his cards close to the chest. In conversation with DNA, Vivek said, “I can’t tell you who I play right now, but when I start promoting the series in July, I will. All I can say is, my character plays the cricketers. The character is completely wild and dark. It’s based on a cricket league, but I am not telling you which one.”
However, he confirmed the news to IANS eventually: “We are shooting currently for a very exciting project produced by Excel Entertainment. It is called ‘Powerplay’ and is based on IPL. The story takes its inspiration from IPL and will talk about the behind-the-scenes in terms of scandals, rackets and many things.”
Talking about the character, Vivek said, “I have so many ethic-related issues on screen. I am not talking about kissing or intimate scenes — but how a character would treat a woman or what he would say to her. I have my ethical boundaries, but in Power Play, I was uncomfortable as I was stepping out of my comfort zone.”
Times Of India reports that Powerplay will be made at a budget of Rs. 75 crore. Richa Chadda and Angad Bedi will also feature in the series. Produced by Farhan Akthar and Ritesh Sidwani, the series will tell the story of Lalit Modi, the IPL founder and its first chairman, who was later charged with financial irregularities and other crimes while still IPL’s chairman, and was given a life-time ban. Lalit Modi moved to London to avoid arrest.