Neil Nitin Mukesh
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Neil Mukesh: '20 films in 7 years! What more can I do?'

Neil Nitin Mukesh

By HT

New Delhi, Oct. 31 -- His first film, Johnny Gaddaar (2007), won actor Neil Nitin Mukesh critical acclaim. He went on to work with filmmakers such as Madhur Bhandarkar and Kabir Khan early in his career.

However, despite being part of films like Lafangey Parindey (2010), Players (2012) and David (2013), the actor didn't make much news. Here's chatting with Neil, who has made his South debut in a Tamil film by AR Murugadoss.

What prompted you to sign a Tamil film?

I was getting a lot of offers from the south, but nothing was worth taking up. Then, Murugadoss sir offered me the negative lead, and I was bowled over by the script.

We don't see you in as many films these days. Why?

I've done almost 20 films in seven years. How much more can I do? I like to take things slow. Now, I'm working on Sooraj Barjatya's film, which is time-consuming.

You recently swept the streets in Karjat with (actor) Salman Khan.

Salman is supporting PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It was sweet of him to ask me to join him. We cleaned the lane from the main road to ND Studio. It took us about six hours, but it was time well-spent.