Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Neil Nitin Mukesh is unperturbed that his new film "Aa Dekhen Zara", which tells the story of a man who gets a camera that can tell the future, may be a bizarre and alien concept for the audiences.
"You have to accept what this protagonist and the camera are trying to tell you. Unbelievable as it may sound but it is this camera that is trying to make a contact with other characters in the film through this protagonist," said Neil.
"If you identify with the protagonist in scene one, which by the way is the intent of the film's narrative, you are with him till the end of the film."
Though all this talk is clearly puzzling to say the least, the young actor states that the actual narrative makes it all very simple for the audience to comprehend.
"The moment this thrilling element about the camera being an important character is digested by the audiences, they will be intrigued to know more about what my story is and why are some particular incidents happening to my character?" Neil told IANS.
Won't it be tough for the audience to be convinced?
"Why would that be the case," shoots back Neil, who made a splash with "Johnny Gaddaar" a year and a half back.
"Weren't they convinced with the presence of an alien and its involvement in the life of the character played by Hrithik (Roshan) in 'Koi Mil Gaya'? In the film you have the entire alien element coming into picture at the very onset and this is what made it a good film because it helped you identify even with 'Jadoo'."
Talking about his own love for the film, he says fondly, "I fell in love with 'Jadoo' and felt bad when he was sent back to his planet towards the end of the film."
"I identified with Hrithik's character too and suddenly when he became a macho man, I felt empowered myself. Now how was that possible? Because as an audience, I could identify with the character."
Neil is confident that audiences will be intelligent enough to grasp the basic plot of director Jehangir Surti's "Aa Dekhen Zara".
"If you look at my debut film 'Johnny Gaddar', there too a preamble was set in the very opening scene that told the audience about the sort of guy Johnny was. It was all so clear that the audience had to accept him the way he was," said Neil, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh.
No wonder he had all the audience sympathy.
"Exactly," smiles Neil, "That is why even though he was killing people and the audience knew that he would be killed too in the end, it was an exciting journey for them to be a part of it since they wanted to know how Johnny's story ended."
While "Koi Mil Gaya" has earned a cult status for itself and "Johnny Gaddaar" too has its own loyal following, one would be tempted to see how Neil manages to woo audiences this time. The film releases March 27.