Omi Vaidya is an Indian American actor who is best known for his performance as Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" in the 2009 Bollywood film, 3 Idiots. In addition, Vaidya has directed two short films and worked as an editor on others. He has also appeared in a number of television programs and commercials.
Vaidya was raised in Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley, California. He graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for Arts and later attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for two years. He next transferred to the Tisch School of Arts at New York University and graduated with honors. Omi Vaidya married Minal Patel on August 22, 2009. After college, Vaidya began to work with an agent and received small roles in television programs, and commercials. After receiving a small role in Arrested Development, he was also asked to audition for the role of Sadiq for The Office (U.S. TV series) by the same casting director. He portrayed Sadiq in two episodes, E-mail Surveillance and Fun Run.
Omi Vaidya's most notable performance is in a supporting role in the 2009 Bollywood film, 3 Idiots as Chatur Ramalingam (or "The Silencer"). He received strong reviews for his performance. Vaidya auditioned for the role of Chatur while on a trip to Mumbai. After passing the first audition, he was asked during the second to read a dialogue from Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Vaidya states that he "just rattled it off without exactly understanding the words ... almost like the speech scene in [3 Idiots]."
After being hired for the part of Chatur, he was told not to study Hindi, not to watch Hindi films, and to gain weight. Omi won two Star Screen Awards in 2010 for Best Comedian and Most Promising Newcomer, both for 3 Idiots. Omi is also seen in Madhur Bhandarkar's film Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji sharing the screen space with Ajay Devgn and Emran Hashmi.