He started acting at the age of six, changed his school at 12 because it had theatrics as a subject, enacted the stereotypical Indian in US television shows and then went on to become a sensation with 3 Idiots. Koimoi met Omi Vaidya aka Chatur aka Silencer.

Where are you putting up these days?
I’m staying right here, in Aamchi Mumbai.

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You like it here in Bombay?
Very much. But I’m getting used to all the crowds and the hurry. Back in Los Angeles, I’ve led a quiet life.

Have you been mobbed yet?
When alone, I can pass off as a common guy, but when with the other three idiots (Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi), it’s a complete riot. People just want a piece of us.

Have you been offered a lot of films after the phenomenal success of 3 Idiots?
I’ve had many offers coming my way, but most have been clones of Chatur, my character in 3 Idiots. I did an ad recently with director Imtiaz Ali, for IndusInd Bank. That was fun.

What’s your choice of roles?
I’d like to do some fresh roles – including comic ones – that would appeal to the youth. If there’s no such work on my platter, I might even make my own film!

So how’s life been after 3 Idiots?
It’s been great with all the awards and adulation. It’s overwhelming, but for me, it’s a natural progression. Even as child, I liked observing people, mimicking them.

We’ve heard, there’s a camera following you around all the time?
That’s just a bunch of my friends from LA, who thought I would make it big in Bollywood after 3 Idiots and so have been following me around with cameras ever since then.

Where to now?
I’ll be heading back to the US for a month or so. My wife, who’s doing her Ph.D. there, is waiting for me.

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