Neil felt un­sure as an ac­tor

Neil Nitin Mukesh says that peo­ple started ques­tion­ing his abil­ity to de­liver hits af­ter some of his films bombed at the box of­fice

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Neil Nitin Mukesh (left), who was last seen on the big screen in Be­joy Nam­biar’s ac­tion flick David (2013), will soon be back with a ro­man­tic film that also stars Sal­man Khan.

The ac­tor, who made his de­but with Johnny Gad­daar in 2007, says that he took a break from Bol­ly­wood to hone his skills. “There was a time when peo­ple started ques­tion­ing me as an ac­tor. They said things like, ‘Can he de­liver a suc­cess­ful film on his own?’ Af­ter David ini­tially failed to do well on the box of­fice, more and more such sto­ries came up. So, I de­cided that maybe I need to look at things from a new per­spec­tive,” says Neil, who has also signed a thriller star­ring ac­tors Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar.

“Some­times you start ques­tion­ing your­self and won­der, ‘Am I re­ally not a good ac­tor?’. So, I just de­cided that I needed to re­visit what I was do­ing, and sharpen the axe,” he adds.

How­ever, he in­sists that he did not take a break from films. “I won’t say I took a break from films. I don’t take breaks. I mean, I can’t sit down at one place and think what’s hap­pen­ing with my ca­reer. I need to keep my cre­ativ­ity flow­ing, so I need to keep work­ing. Thank­fully, I was of­fered the role of a bad­die in the Tamil film, Kaththi (2014), which was a block­buster hit. No one even knew who I am in South and they loved me, which only proves that my work gets ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Peo­ple said things like, ‘Can he de­liver a suc­cess­ful film on his own?’ Af­ter my film David tanked, more such sto­ries came up

Neil Nitin Mukesh, ac­tor

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