'Jail', most difficult role of my career: Neil Nitin Mukesh

'Jail', most difficult role of my career: Neil Nitin Mukesh

"I was first hesitant because I knew that millions of viewers would be watching it. I did it because I have the highest regard for Madhur, who was very confident with the script and convinced me to go ahead with the scene," says Mukesh.
The actor was in the capital recently for the film's promotion along with director Madhur Bhandarkar and co-actor Manoj Bajpai.

Neil Nitin says he was initially apprehensive about doing the scene because he thought it might cause embarrassment to his parents. "It is the role my parents would be proud of," he says.

"The film follows a strict chronological order from first to the last scene to enable the audience to understand the emotional quotient of the character. I had to go through a method acting approach and lived almost like an inmate to feel the kind of psychological changes that a prisoner undergoes inside the four walls of a jail," says the 26-year-old actor.

For the grandson of the legendary singer Mukesh, "This is the most difficult role" of his career.
The film 'Jail' revolves around Parag Dixit (Neil Nitin Mukesh), who has everything in life - a good job, a pretty girlfriend and a beautiful house.

Parag's world turns upside-down when he finds himself inside the four walls of a prison due to a series of unfortunate events around him. The film, which also stars Manoj Bajpai and Mugdha Godse, is set for release on November 6.

While adding that the USP of the film is its director, he says, "I was always keen to know what actually happens inside jail. Only through this film I came to know that the world of jail is totally different from what we perceive."

Neil made his debut in films with the 2007 crime thriller 'Johnny Gaddaar' in which he was cast in a negative role. Though the movie did not do well at the box-office, his acting was appreciated. Again, he got rave reviews for his role in 'New York', a film on terrorism.

"You feel like a caged bird. Jail is actually a place where criminals are sent to improve and come up as better citizens. However, while shooting for jail, I learnt that sometimes when a person tries to improve upon, he is set back by the environment of the jail and hence, what was meant to be imprisonment for betterment becomes a bad nightmare," says the actor.

Neil also had to lose weight to fit into the role. "The director asked me to lose the extra kilos to not look like a rich brat but a simple, common man of the street. I really had a hard time doing this film," he says.
Neil's upcoming projects include films with Pradeep Sarkar and Abbas-Mustan while his 'Tera Kya Hoga Johnny' is also in the pipeline.