Posts tagged Neil Nitin Mukesh
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; May 18, 2013)
When Miss India Universe 2007 Puja Gupta debuted with F.A.L.T.U in 2011, she knew she didn’t have a significant part in the film. She says she had nothing to do in the film, but, it was the idea of working with Vashu Bhagnani, who goes all out to promote his films, that she said yes. Little did she know that the film would get her the next two projects she signed — Go Goa Gone and Shortcut Romeo. In fact, it is the latter’s lead actor Neil Nitin Mukesh who recommended her to director Susi Ganesan. “Neil liked my screen presence and recommended me to Susi sir, who didn’t even audition me,” she says.
About her role in the film, Puja says, “For Neil’s character, money is everything. But things change when this girl enters his life. She makes him a better person.” In real life, it’s been the other way round, with Neil helping her improve her skill-set. “It’s my first romantic film, and I am glad that I worked with Susi sir, Ameesha Patel and Neil. He is such a mature actor; I’ve only done films with amateurs or young actors.” The director is another person Puja is indebted to. “Susi sir has presented me so well as the heroine. He has shot me in a way that I’ve never looked so beautiful. He enhanced my acting,” she says.
Talking to her, one can never believe she went through a disturbing phase after her debut. “I had no work and no one was calling me. It was the most horrible time of my life. But Atul Kasbekar, whom I work with, had More >
MID-DAY (May 16, 2013)
Ameesha Patel and her business partner Kuunal Goomer, who recently announced the cast of their maiden home production, Desi Magic, are happy with the way their team is getting along. The film’s stars Zayed Khan and model- turned- actor Sahil Shroff are buddies in real life, so the teamwork is amazing. As Ameesha knows both of them personally, she is more like a friend than a producer to them.
It’s just a matter of days before the film goes on the floors. Says a source, “A 50- day non-stop schedule has been planned for Budapest and Venice and later in Punjab. Ameesha is presently busy for a month with her next release Shortcut Romeo opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh. She’s playing a strong character and is looking forward to the way her career is shaping up.”
When asked about her busy schedule nowadays Ameesha states, “I hope my critics read this. There are two ways to look at my career. One way is to see Ameesha still trying to get back and desperate. But the positive way of seeing it is Ameesha who was busy focussing on her personal issues or relationship is back in business with a bang, whether it’s doing a special appearance in Race 2 or my strong lead character with Neil in Shortcut Romeo or with my favourite actor Sunny Deol in Bhaiyyaji Superhit which also goes on floors in August or wearing the producer’s hat for my own home production Desi Magic. So I guess it’s how one takes it.” Ameesha also likes doing films outside her own banner along with her More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 13, 2013)
Director Susi Ganesh’s Shortcut Romeo has been shot in Maasai Mara, an exotic location in Kenya. The romantic number, Khali Salaam Dua, featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Puja Gupta, has been shot in a hot air balloon at a whopping cost.
Says producer Manjari Ganesh, “The region of Maasai Mara does not offer any subsidies for
film shoots. But we wanted to make a visual impact in our twisted tale and thus zeroed in on the location. This is the first time that a Hindi film has been shot there.”
She adds that besides the astronomical expense, shooting the track had other hurdles too. “Often, due to the sun’s heat, hot air balloons tend to catch fire. So we were compelled to shoot early in the morning. We also had to be careful about the wind movement as it often led the balloons to clash with each other. In fact, one day the balloons carrying Neil and Pooja were on the brink of clashing into the one carrying Susi. Thankfully, his balloon swayed down and Neil’s balloon gently passed above us. The song was completed in three days. But the extravagance went well with Neil’s character, who wants to impress his girlfriend with money,” she concludes.
The music of the film, which also features Ameesha Patel, has been composed by Himesh Reshammiya.
Shortcut Romeo, produced by Susi Ganesh Productions, releases June 21.
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 8, 2013)
It’s that time of the year when several Bollywood folks are excitedly making travel plans to be a part of the Cannes film festival. While his colleagues are rushing around deciding what to wear Neil Nitin Mukesh prefers stay back and continue with his work, even though his film Shortcut Romeo is all set to go to Cannes for a special screening. The entire cast as well as director Susi Ganeshan will be attending the film festival.
Neil, who plays the main lead in the film, is skipping it as he is shooting for Manish Vatsalya’s film Dussehra in Pune. He’s been shooting for the political thriller non- stop since over a month and will continue to shoot till the wrap up. As it is a one-schedule film, the shoot is expected to go on for at least another month.
Neil’s spokesperson confirms, “That’s true. The actor has been shooting non-stop for his next film in Pune and will be unable to visit Cannes.” The actor is slated to return to Mumbai once he gets done with the shoot. Says a unit source, “He has completely disconnected from everyone. Be it his family, his team, social media. He is in touch with no one and just concentrating on his shoot for the film. In fact, this is the first time that he is not in touch with his family. Usually, wherever he is shooting, he regularly calls up his younger brother Naman and other family members.”
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 29, 2013)
Tena Desae was injured while shooting with Neil Nitin Mukesh for Manish Vatsalya’s Dussehra. The shooting of the climax scenes was on in Pune which involved running through a blaze. Tena ended up with burn injuries. She was immediately rushed to the hospital where the doctors have advised her complete bed rest.
She has also taken a break from shooting for as she is unable to wear her costumes due to the severity of the burns.
Vatsalya comments, “It is very unfortunate that Tena got injured on the sets. All our prayers are with her and we wish her a speedy recovery. As of right now, all she needs is rest.” Neil who is still shaken by the ordeal comments, “I’m glad Tena is safe. It was really scary for a minute. There was utter panic all around with people running haywire. Luckily, the fire was immediately extinguished and Tena was rushed to the hospital. I visited her and she seems to be better.”
Her upcoming film Shortcut Romeo is taking the actress from Cannes to London and New York for back- to- back promotions
MID-DAY (April 24, 2013)
This year, one more Indian face will be at Cannes. Ameesha Patel will be walking the red carpet at the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 22 for her upcoming film Shortcut Romeo. A private screening will be attended by celebrities from all over the world at the festival.
The actress began 2013 with a cameo in Race 2 and later with her own home production and cast announcement. She is now excited and all charged up with the promotions of her next release Shortcut Romeo that hits the screen on June 21.
Ameesha is very excited with this development as their film will get recognition worldwide. She is looking forward to see the film get an opportunity of such a grand scale.
The event will include a red carpet walk, private screening and interactions with media from all over the world. The director and producer of the film Susi Ganesh will accompany the team.
Post the screening at the Cannes Film Festival, the team will head straight to London and New York for back- to- back promotions.
Actress Pooja Gupta who is the parallel lead in the film Shortcut Romeo opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh will be joining the team. “Pooja has been a very sweet girl to work with and of course Neil is a gem and above all it was a wonderful experience with our director and producer Susi Ganeshan,” adds Ameesha But the news is that Neil Nitin Mukesh will not be More >
BOMBAY TIMES (April 23, 2013)
Filmmaker Susi Ganesh has added a new feather to his cap. His first Hindi movie, Shortcut Romeo, will premiere at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, starting May 15. The film, which has Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ameesha Patel and Puja Gupta, will be screened at the French Riviera on May 22.
Says Ganesh, “It’s amazing that my first Bollywood film is getting this kind of exposure. It is a out-an-out commercial entertainer, which has fight sequences and fun songs. Even as we celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, it is nice that Shortcut Romeo represents the commercial face of Bollywood in the festival’s 66th edition.”
The movie is a remake of the director’s own superhit Tamil film Thiruttu Payalae and has music by Himesh Reshammiya. It is about a filthy rich housewife, who is having an extramarital relationship to keep herself busy and will go to any lengths to hide her affair from her husband. Neil plays a young, ambitious and immoral man, who even stoops to the level of blackmailing the lady to support his expensive tastes. Puja plays a victim caught in the crossfire.
Shortcut Romeo, produced by Susi Ganesh Productions, releases June 21.
Ameesha Patel and Neil Nitin Mukesh are pulling out all the stops for their next film
MID-DAY (March 20, 2013)
Ameesha Patel and Neil Nitin Mukesh are gearing up for their next release Shortcut Romeo that releases in June. The stars are going all out in doing whatever is needed for the publicity for their film.
Producer and director Susi Ganesh has a big campaign lined up for the promotional activities of Shortcut Romeo from US to UK to all over India.
The team has full faith in the film’s content. They feel it has the masala to attract all categories of the audience — from the masses to the classes. The film is a total entertainer with heavy thrills as the high point of the film Neil and Ameesha recently shot a lavish song for the film. The stars feel that Shortcut Romeo will not only be known for their performances but also for its commercial aspects — the need of the hour for any project.
“Publicity today plays a huge part in the success of a film along with the content. This film has the potential to achieve that. The kind of promotional activities we have planned like worldwide premieres will be on a large scale,” says Susi.
Incidentally Susi and Kuunal Goomer (Ameesha’s business partner) are close friends. Susi has tremendous respect for Kuunal’s vision where creativity is concerned. He feels that together they will take Shortcut Romeo to a next level with the support of Neil and Ameesha.
Meanwhile, Ameesha will be busy with her own home production Desi Magic and More >
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 >
Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2013)
An incident in Nigeria a few years ago inspired directors Shantanu Ray Chhibber and Sheershak Anand to make their film 3G, which has Sonal Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh. The movie talks about horrific supernatural incidents that a couple goes through when they buy a 3G-enabled cellphone while holidaying in Fiji. “3G embodies the horror of a recurring nightmare that draws inspiration from the insecurities of modern life,” say the directors.
Sonal recalls a freaky incident that occurred during the shoot, “There was a scene that required Neil and me to scream. We were practically drained, but our director kept saying cut each time right in between a shot. We got pissed off. Later, when we saw the tape, we realised that right behind was an open window and there was a silhouette of a woman in the frame. Thinking about it gives me a chill down my spine even now.” Says Neil, “The supernatural is something we normally hear about. Most of us haven’t seen it or don’t believe in it. But the fact remains that if there is a God, there is the opposite too, and there is more to life. I believe in God. But then, like everyone else, I too am curious to know about the other side of life.”
Producer Viki Rajani says, “The film is unconventional in what it’s trying to address. Technology is a part of our lives and the film questions what happens when technology wants to takeover our lives.”
3G, produced by Next Gen Films and Eros International, More >