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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 16, 2013)
Neil Nitin Mukesh, 31, was born in a musician’s family, but changed route to become an actor. He debuted as a child artiste in Yash Chopra’s Vijay and has always been attracted to unconventional cinema and hopes to turn director one day. Over an hour-long conversation with Bombay Times, he talks about his family’s struggle, why is father is not his friend and why Jhamu Sughand will always remain special in his life. Excerpts:
Do you have memories of your grandfather, the legendary singer Mukesh? My grandfather died before I was born, so all my memories of him are through my grandmother. We stay on the first floor of the same building where my grandmom lived on the 7th floor. She introduced me to films and would show me all Raj Kapoor films and my grandfather’s songs. My entire childhood was with her. One complete wardrobe of mine is dedicated to all the belongings of my grandfather. I used to have two conditions of sleeping with her at night. I would tell her, ‘Badi mama, one, you have to give me any one thing of dadu’s, but that will be mine forever and second, you have to show me a film.’ She always wanted us to be with her, so she would give in to our blackmail. I slowly graduated from picking up his glasses, buttons and hats to his watches and got his entire Rolex collection. She would make me hear his recordings and talk to me about his struggle and journey to stardom and how their love story happened as he had eloped More >
Neil Nitin Mukesh on being unlucky in love and the disadvantages of being pale-skinned
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 31, 2013)
He calls himself choosy. No wonder that Neil Nitin Mukesh had only two releases in the last two years. Coming from a family of singers, the actor also admits that he harbours singing ambitions. Currently upbeat about Bejoy Nambiar’s David, Neil says his best is yet to come. In a candid conversation, Neil shares his thoughts on love, family and career.
Do you think you’re unlucky in love? I’ll agree with you if you think so. Know what? I recently won at cards and they say that if you’re lucky in cards, you’re unlucky in love. Maybe Cupid is being stupid (laughs). But there’s no hurry. When love has to happen, it will happen.
And how do you deal with media speculation about your personal life? Being in the industry, I’ve learnt that media can’t do without us and vice versa. If a scribe’s house runs on speculation, what’s the problem? We are all just doing our job here and I don’t take things that seriously.
Would you call yourself the fairest actor in Bollywood? Undoubtedly, I’m the fairest of all (laughs)! And I often ‘face’ serious problems when my co-stars feel uncomfortable sharing the screen (laughs again).
Who inspires you as an actor? I gather a lot of inspiration from Dilip saab to Mr Bachchan to Dharamji to Vinod Khanna to Chintu uncle (Rishi Kapoor). The thing about these actors is each one of them had at least one larger-than-life-X- More >
Neil Nitin Mukesh on his contemporaries, Ranbir and Imran, on movies and the Friday jitters
Roshni K Olivera | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; February 23, 2011)
He’s not married in real life, but Neil Nitin Mukesh has emerged as one of the best husbands! Well, we are referring to the rave reviews the actor’s been getting for his performance as the mean crippled army officer in 7 Khoon Maaf. Neil, who’s done diverse roles, is constantly looking for challenges, he tells BT in a candid chat. Excerpts…
What prompted you to take up the role of Major Rodrigues, one of Priyanka Chopra’s many husbands, in 7 Khoon Maaf?
Vishal Bhardwaj is a director every actor wants to work with. The moment he called me, I just jumped and was sure that I wanted to be part of the film. I’ve read Ruskin Bond’s story and when I read my character, I instantly knew that there was a lot of scope for me; the character has so many layers. Everything just fell into place and I’m glad to be part of this film.
Being a part of a multi-starrer is less stressful because the reponsibility is shared…
In fact it’s not! It’s more stressful because you are among many and you have to make an impact for your performance to be spoken about. In a solo-hero film, all the attention is on you anyway.
So how do you cope with the Friday jitters?
Everyone feels a bit jittery, it’s only natural because billions will be watching you again. But I’m quite calm before my release… I believe what’s More >