Johnny Gaddar actor, Neil Nitin Mukesh grabbed eyeballs with his performance in blockbuster movie ‘Saaho’ last year for which he was awarded Zee Cine Award Telugu for ‘Most favorite supporting actor award’ recently in Hyderabad. Talking about his working experience he said, “A mammoth project like this is a dream come true for any actor. I loved working with Prabhas. I call him darling for a reason. He is so humble, down to earth and extremely dedicated person.”
While describing his love for the city of pearls he shared his hidden wish, “I want to have a home here someday. The city feels like home.”
Neil received critical acclaim after his role in ‘New York’. He feels happy to see the new age cinema and OTT platforms growing and terms them as a “blessing”. “The restriction of the censor board is not present which gives freedom of expression to directors.”
After getting praise for his role in movies like Saaho, Kathti, and Kavacham, Neil is excited to look for more roles in the South industry.
“As an actor, you can’t be stuck in the mirror. You need to get out of your comfort zone and explore new roles. I am called a ‘choosy’ person because of this but I believe it is important to grow as an actor.”
While sharing his experience of the 2009 movie ‘Jail’, he revealed, “I have never been into jail so understanding the character was a big challenge. I told Madhur Bhandarkar to follow a linear format so that I can explore the character. It helped me understand human nature and made me realize how important it is to be a responsible citizen.”
The actor went into a phase of depression after getting too deep into the character. “That phase was very scary. The only thing that kept me going was my family.”
Comparing his father to Hindu mythological character ‘Shravan’, Neil praised his father and said, “He took great care of my grandmother during her last days. I was very close to her and after she passed away I started an NGO after her which works for women empowerment.”
Happiness and family are above everything else for the ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ actor. While recalling an incident he said, “Once I was with some of my friends in a Western country and saw them leaving their parents to old age home. It broke my heart. Your parents invest so much love, care, and money to help you achieve big in life. How can you leave them when the time to repay them comes up?”
Neil was last seen in ‘Bypass Road’, written by him and directed by his brother Naman. The actor plans to write more thrillers and work on exciting roles that help him explore more of his skills.