Child actor Neel Sethi, who will be essaying the role of Mowgli in filmmaker Jon Favreau's upcoming 3D live-animation adventure fantasy film 'The Jungle Book', has revealed that he learned the Korean martial art Taekwondo at the mere age of four.
Neel Sethi. Pic/Suresh Karkera
The film shows the Indian-American actor running for his life while surviving among various species of animals in a jungle.
"I love stunt scenes as I am very energetic. I did Taekwondo when I was 4 years old. That was a long time ago but now I stopped," Neel, 12, told IANS.
The film was shot a couple of years back when Neel was 10 years old.
Recalling his most difficult scene from the film, Neel said: "I had a shoot for this film when I was 10. There was a scene where I had to shoot in mud where I had to dry my skin and spit some water again to make it look muddy. It was quite a difficult scene."
Neel, who embarked on a promotional tour for his film here, confessed his love for Gol Gappas and Gulab Jamuns.
"I love Gol Gappas and in sweet I love Gulab Jamuns. Besides, my mom makes lovely parathas," Neel said.
Supported by voiceovers from Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken, "The Jungle Book" is set to release in India on April 8, a week before it releases in the US.
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