Neil Nitin Mukesh turns full-time singer

By Hindustan Times

The last time actor Neil Nitin Mukesh lent his voice to the music album of a film was in 2009, for Jail, directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, and director Jehangir Surti’s Aa Dekhen Zara.

Now, he picks up the microphone once again to sing six songs in his debut production Paidaar, which is supposed to start sometime this year. He has also composed the melody for the songs. “I have created six tunes for the film and will be singing them myself. Things are shaping up well there,” says Neil.

The multi-tasking actor also claims to have written the script for his new venture under the banner of Neil Nitin Mukesh Films Pvt Limited. “After locking the script, I started concentrating on the music of the film. I was interested in composing some peppy numbers that suit the preference of the modern generation,” says Neil.

Prod him to divulge more about the film and he remains tight-lipped, saying, “I like to make films that are completely entertaining for the audience. Only the script has been decided at the moment, I will only be able to comment on other factors later,” he says.

Ask whether he plans to direct too, and he says, “Not so soon. It’s still little premature and I am concentrating on my acting.”

His recent release Players, directed by the director duo Abbas-Mustan, and starring Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Sikander Kher among other, has received tepid reviews, paired with a poor opening.

But Neil is happy with his on-screen performance. “Being bad on screen is not easy when you are good off screen. I enjoyed every moment of playing Spider (his character in the film),” says Neil, who played a computer hacker in the Indian adaptation of the Hollywood film The Italian Job (1969).

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