Interview: Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh - "I always wanted to do a kameena role"

Neil Nitin Mukesh

Mumbai, April 27, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio.com): The actor who not only has good looks, but also choose  the role which stays in one's mind for a long time. The actor who chooses unconventional work for himself. From 'Johnny Gaddar' to 'Jail' to the latest thriller '3G'. Son of legendary singer Nitin Mukesh, Neil Nitin Mukesh is confident of people liking him and his work. Straight from Neil's heart by Faisal Saif.

Neil Nitin MukeshWho is Neil Nitin Mukesh and how is his journey so far ?

Neil Nitin Mukesh is a very simple man. I have a 9 to 5 job, After that I go back to my family which is my mother and my father. I don't have the guts to be in any 'serial' territory, be it 'kisser' or a 'killer'. (Laughs).

My Journey has been extremely interesting. There were lot's of ups and downs, but so far very intelligently grafted journey I may call it. I have worked with the finest directors of Bollywood. There are also some new directors in my kitty. I am looking forward to it.

Which films do you think belong to the 100 Crore Club?

There are very few films that belong to that club. Kahaani, Barfi and English Vinglish would be my examples.

So you feel you are doing bad films?

Sometimes I do feel that am I doing bad films. It's confusing sometimes. It throws me off trying to make a choice of films. But I hold my horses and come back to believing in what I am doing.

You mean cinema is changing a lot?

Yes I believe Indian cinema is changing a lot. Today I have films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Kai Po Che doing well. It gives me little bit of confidence and hope.

As an Actor, What went wrong with 'David'?


Sonal Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh in 3D (2013) Bollywood Supernatural Horror Thriller Film
Sonal Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh

I don't know. As an actor, I do my work. If it works, it works. For me 'New York' was a commercial success. It had everything. Well directed, large scale and so on. I love to do that kind of films. If you ask me to put my finger into a 'Plug-Hole' and move around for 20 minutes to generate few laughs, I might not be comfortable doing it.

When will you do a romantic film? Why always dark and edgy films?

No one asks Mr. Shah Rukh Khan when will he do a 'Dark' or an 'Edgy' film. Romantic films are not my territory, there are so many films that I have refused and they were disasters. For example 'Luck' was offered to me, 'Blue' was offered to me. You can see me in 'Saat Khoon Maaf' which had hardly 20 minutes of me, but still made an Impact. No matter if these films are successful or not, but I have always been appreciated. And that's the reason why I am sustaining.

Any film for which you have worked real hard and it didn't work?

(Immediately) Jail. I was really upset when Jail didn't work. I had put in my heart, my soul into Jail. The film taught me a lot in life, not to 'Expect'. I used to expect a lot from Jail. Madhur Bhandarkar, Intelligent Film, Serious Cinema, and suddenly it didn't do well. I figured people do not want to watch that kind of film.

And what do you have to say about 'Shortcut Romeo'?

Shortcut Romeo is a very 'kameena' film. (Laughs). It is very different from the original (Tamil version). When the film came to me, I really liked my character. I always wanted to have that 'X' Factor of 'Haraamipan'. (Apologizes) Pardon my language. And the film has that 'X' Factor. There's a lot of cat-and-mouse games in the film. We have added quite a few twists and turns. There's a lot of deliciously interesting badness in this guy's character. And coming to commercial Cinema, Shortcut Romeo will be my answer to that.

Also, Is 'Dussehra' is a commercial film too?

Dussehra is an out to out hardcore action film. You will see me fighting with 30 Men. But the film has some mind blowing performances too.

Are you producing a film too?

Sonal Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh in 3D (2013) Bollywood Supernatural Horror Thriller Film
Sonal Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh

Yes I am producing a film called 'Paidaar'. It means Eternal. I have also written the film. I plan to shoot this film by the end of the year.

What are you fond of?



Neil Nitin Mukesh: Our films don't have the standard to win the Oscars (You Tube)

People call me a 'Gadget-Freak'. I have this craze of buying Gadget's for myself. I would rather not go shopping for my clothes, But I would prefer shopping for Gadgets. Recently I got myself a Projector which is 4 inches. You can connect it to your I Phone, And get a 100 Inches on to your Wall. And I have a 3 Inches Bluetooth keyboard which can be connected to any of your Instruments, And it show's out a 'Laser Keyboard' in the air.

Faisal SaifFaisal Saif is co-editor of Global Movie Magazine and sub-editor of Youth Eye Magazine. A passionate Bollywood Feature News Writer and film critic, Saif is a regular contributor to Santabanta, Page 3 Bollywood, Orissa Diary, PardaPhash, NewsWala, The News Tribe, Bolega India and many more online and print journals. Saif lives in Mumbai and can be reached at thatfaisalsaif at gmail.