Neil Nitin Mukesh: Bollywood has taught me that it's a boxing match

Published: Oct 27, 2019, 14:22 IST | PTI | Mumbai

While he saw hits and received critical acclaim for his performances, Neil Nitin Mukesh also went through a low phase where his films did not work. This, the actor says, has taught him to be strong

Neil Nitin Mukesh (Picture courtesy/Neil Nitin Mukesh's official Instagram account)
Neil Nitin Mukesh (Picture courtesy/Neil Nitin Mukesh's official Instagram account)

Neil Nitin Mukesh sees the film industry as a boxing ring, where the game isn't over till one falls down or hear the sound of the bell. He says an artiste's constant endeavour is to be back up and continue fighting till the end.

Neil made his debut in the 2007 with Sriram Raghavan's thriller "Johnny Gaddaar" and went on to work in films such as "New York", "7 Khoon Maaf" and "David". While he saw hits and received critical acclaim for his performances, Neil also went through a low phase where his films did not work. This, the actor says, has taught him to be strong. "The industry has taught me that it's a boxing match, where every Friday there's a knock that you either get up or give up. The whole idea is to not lay down, you've to get up. You've to keep coming up. The industry has taught me to fight for yourself big time. You have got to prove, not in a bad way, but an empowering way," Neil told PTI in an interview.

The actor says in these 12 years of his career, he feels fortunate to have worked with filmmakers like Sriram, Vishal Bhardwaj, Kabir Khan and Bejoy Nambiar from whom he has learnt a lot about filmmaking. "The journey has been extremely educational. I never had formal training in acting before I became an actor... Everyday has been an evolution for me, learning from so many fine filmmakers of the country. Even done films in different languages and all kinds of movies. It has never been a number game for me that 'I have worked on five films this year and have more twenty coming up.' For me it's the kind of people I work with and learn from. I never understood the math behind the box office."

The 37-year-old actor says he realised pretty early in his career, working with diverse filmmakers across languages, that cinema is not going to be stagnant at any given time. "It surprises you every time you feel you're in the best phase. But then there's a new spin. That changed my perspective a lot," he said.

Which ultimately led to Neil turning writer and producer with "Bypass Road". The home-invasion thriller drama is directed by his brother, Naman Nitin Mukesh.

Neil says he had as many as 12 film ideas but he gravitated towards "Bypass Road" as he felt this was the perfect time for its release, thanks to the digital platforms which have changed the game. "I knew that somewhere the digital platforms are going to take over, about three and a half years ago. I had finished writing the first draft and I was also working on 12 other ideas. I went back and chose this one because I thought if OTT comes and it's booming by the time I would make it, then it would've become obsolete. I would've been too late to make the film."

"Bypass Road", featuring Neil, Adah Sharma, Shama Sikander, Rajit Kapoor among others, is scheduled to release on November 8.

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    Born on September 20, 2018, Nurvi is the daughter of Neil Nitin Mukesh and wife Rukmini Sahay. The actor revealed the name of his daughter on September 22, with a post on social media that read - "Rukmini and I are proud to announce the arrival of our darling daughter, Nurvi. The entire Mukesh family is elated." Rukmini delivered Nurvi at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Neil Nitin Mukesh married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged marriage and they had a courtship of one month. (All photos/Neil Nitin Mukesh's official Instagram account)

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    This picture was shared by Neil on his Instagram account and wrote - "She is learning how to sit"

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    Nurvi is the granddaughter of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh and great-granddaughter legendary singer Mukesh.

    This picture was clicked Nurvi accompanied her father Neil Nitin Mukesh on the sets of his film Bypass Road in Alibaug. Nurvi (as can be seen in the picture) was camera-friendly and posed for unit hands, much to the surprise of the actor!

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    Nurvi has the sweetest, most innocent face, and the way she stares into the camera is just cuteness overload.

    In picture: Rukmini Sahay with daughter Nurvi in a traditional attire.

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    "Nurvi means the world to Rukmini and me. We do everything we can to give Nurvi the best possible care," wrote Neil Nitin Mukesh while sharing this cutie's picture!

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    Neil Nitin Mukesh posted this picture with Nurvi, who was dressed in pink traditional attire for Ganpati celebrations at their residence! Her tiny bindi and little maang tika add oodles of cuteness. Don't you agree with us?

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    Nurvi, dressed like a doll in this orange Indian outfit, is a sight for sore eyes. Neil Nitin Mukesh had shared this adorable photo of the little one and wrote: Nurvi's Ashtahami Kanjaka Poojan today! Kanjaka Poojan is celebrated on the eighth and ninth day of Navratri when nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

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    This adorable family portrait of the Mathur family (Yes, Neil's grandfather's full name is Mukesh Chand Mathur) was shared by Neil on Mother's Day. He wrote alongside, "Happy Mother's Day to all of you. This is Rukmini's first Mother's Day after we had Nurvi. We are blessed to have her as our daughter. Naman, Rukmini, Nurvi and I are blessed to be celebrating it with our mother Nishi Nitin Mukesh and father Nitin Mukesh. God Bless you all. Have a wonderful day [sic]"

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    Nurvi looks oh-so-adorable in this picture, where she is seen in her grandfather Nitin Mukesh's arms.

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    That's Neil Nitin Mukesh's mother Nishi holding her granddaughter in her arms! Neil shared the picture and wrote alongside: Nurvi's day out!

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    Neil Nitin Mukesh post this picture of his little girl enjoying her pool-time with mommy Rukmini Sahay and the internet broke into a collective smile. This was Nurvi's first swim!

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    Nurvi with both her Daadus (Grand dads) Dearest Chintu uncle visited home today for Ganpati Darshan. All of us are just so so happy to have met him and hugged him tight. Welcome back Chintu uncle. God Bless you always.

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    A picture clicked on August 15, 2019! Neil Nitin Mukesh shared Nurvi picture and wrote alongside: Celebrating Nurvi's First independence Day. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO YOU ALL. JAI HIND

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    Fans couldn't stop ooh-ing and aww-ing after the pictures of Neil Nitin Mukesh's little bundle of joy from the Ganpati celebrations at their celebrations were out on social media. Neil shared this picture with his dear friend-actress Ameesha Patel. "My forever dearest and the most gorgeous @ameeshapatel9 and our dearest @kuunalgoomer visited our home for Ganesh Chathurthi. So happy and blessed to have loved and dear ones home. God bless all with loads of Happiness," he captioned this picture.

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    This one's our personal favourite. Look at those adorable eyes! Neil Nitin Mukesh shared Nurvi's video on Instagram (this one's a snapshot from the same), where the little one was muttering numbers. The actor captioned the video - My Number One forever!

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    Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Nurvi!

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