'I don't want to do roles which are repetitive'

Last Updated : 11 March 2013, 16:08 IST

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He entered Bollywood as a child artiste in 1988 in Yash Chopra’s Vijay and a year later in Vimal Kumar’s Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharnii. His debut, however, as an actor came with Sriram Raghavan’s Johnny Gaddaar, where he played the role of a crook, followed by New York, Jail and then 7 Khoon Maaf.

Recently, he was seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s David. He is Neil Nitin Mukesh, who not only played a key role in all these movies but also hogged the limelight for his intense and fine acting skills.

“I choose characters which have layers, nuances and details. Such roles have helped me understand human psychology better and help me groom myself as an actor,” shares Neil in conversation with Metrolife. 

For the 31-year-old, it has always been a phenomenal experience to play forceful characters that he is pass­i­onate about. “I live every moment of what the character has to experience on screen.” 

So, does this quality define his identity as an actor? “I am very focused. I take my job very seriously and respect it a lot. I work very seriously while on the sets, concentrate on the nuances of body language and facial expressions. I don’t meet people at that time and study my character all alone. At the same time I am also not an actor who keeps himself aloof for two months to understand the role.”

Is Neil that serious in real life too? “I am totally a different person in real life. I am a big child (laughs),” says Neil. 

What makes him specifically select only intense roles? “I don’t want to do roles which are repetitive. I am attracted towards intense roles because they are challenging.”  
Neil shares that it is not easy to get such roles. “I am offered more love stories in comparison to the roles that I am seen doing on screen. It is very difficult for me to find my kind of films,” he says.

Following his inclination, Neil will be once gain seen in a psychological thriller 3G, directed by Sheershak Anand and Shantanu Ray Chhibber. “I am playing the character of Sam, who works for a tele-com­munication firm. During his visit to Fiji along with his girlfriend, Sam faces some problem in his mobile handset and buys a second-hand cell phone. Thereafter, he begins to receive weird MMSs and as the story unfolds, Sam’s life gets completely changed,” shares the actor.

After playing such a variety of roles, Neil will be seen for the first time in a romantic film Isqeria by Prerna Dhawan. He may have taken to experimenting with the romantic genre for the first time, but Neil is still shying away from comedy. “A comedy film has to sensible and so far I haven’t received a script that could push me to do it,” says the actor, who wants to do a flick like Hera Pheri.

Published 11 March 2013, 16:08 IST

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