Neil Nitin Mukesh: “At times, ru­mours make for a good read!”

Cosmopolitan (India) - - MEN & YOU - By Priyam Chaturvedi

Al­though he comes from a fam­ily of singers, Neil Nitin Mukesh al­ways wanted to be an ac­tor. The star opens up about act­ing, women and the ‘per­fect day’...

COSMO: You’re a singer and com­pose songs as well, but you chose to live your grand­fa­her’s dream by be­ing an ac­tor. Tell us more...


“I come from a fam­ily of singers, but my dream was to be in movies. Since I was four, I knew that if there was any­thing I wanted to do in life, it was act­ing. My grand­fa­ther was a leg­endary singer, and shoul­der­ing his name is a great re­spon­si­bil­ity. He wanted to be an ac­tor but couldn’t be one, and the abil­ity to live his dream is a bless­ing.”


So tell us, what’s the best and worst part about be­ing an ac­tor?


“Hon­estly, I ab­so­lutely love my job! I love ev­ery sin­gle as­pect of it. If there is any­thing that’s both­er­some, it’s the fact that you have to be away from fam­ily for long pe­ri­ods of time. But now when I’m on out­door shoots for more than a month, I in­vite them over.”

C: What’s been keep­ing you busy these days?

NNM: “Nor­mally, I do a film or two, each year. But now I’ve re­ally started push­ing my pam­pered self. So I’m all about work these days. My tar­get is six films be­tween De­cem­ber 2012 and De­cem­ber 2013. I’m al­ready done with three— Short­cut Romeo, 3G and David. I’m cur­rently shoot­ing for Ishqe­ria, which hap­pens to be my first love story.”

C: What genre of movies do you en­joy work­ing on the most?

NNM: “Thrillers. There are so many emo­tions to work with in them. Plus, I love films where you’re con­stantly sit­ting on the edge of your seat.”

C: How do you pre­pare your­self for a role...and is it dif­fi­cult re­mov­ing your­self from it later?

NNM: “There is al­ways that one film that leaves its colour on you. Mad­hur Bhan­darkar’s Jail was that film. It stayed with me for a long time. Gen­er­ally, I just put my­self in that given sit­u­a­tion and emote.”

C: What do you like do­ing when you’re not work­ing?

NNM: “I love play­ing my pi­ano, com­pos­ing mu­sic, and tak­ing pic­tures. Else you’ll find me laz­ing in bed, watch­ing movie af­ter movie.” Neil likes to stand out in brights

C: How do you deal with all the at­ten­tion you get from the op­po­site sex?

NNM: “With a smile and an oc­ca­sional wink!”

C: What’s the one thing you don’t get about women?

NNM: “Their emo­tional strength. I be­live men are much weaker emo­tion­ally, as com­pared to women.”

C: Tell us about your per­sonal style

NNM: “Sim­ple, smart and stylish.”

C: Do you be­lieve in love?

NNM: “Oh, yes! In fact, I’m usu­ally the only one in the re­la­tion­ship who is in

love. Sad thing is, I learn that much later. But love hap­pens again. I never ever lose hope.”

C: How do you deal with the con­stant me­dia at­ten­tion?

NNM: “I’ve learned to take it as part of my job. I never let ei­ther praise or criticism go to my head. And some­times ru­mours make for a good read. That’s all I treat it as. As long as I sleep with a clean con­science at night, I know I’m good.”

C: If you had to give your­self a five word def­i­ni­tion, what would it be?

NNM: “A man you can love.”

Neil Nitin Mukesh

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