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Bad boys have hearts too: Neil Nitin Mukesh

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 30, 2013
First Published: 13:35 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 16:30 IST(30/1/2013)

Ever since Neil Nitin Mukesh played the bad boy in Johnny Gaddar (2007), he has been associated with characters with sweeping shades of grey. But the actor feels that “being bad is good”. In his upcoming film David, he will be seen playing a gangster.

“Playing David was different. I’ve tried to bring in a lot of vulnerability to my character. With the film, I want to tell people that bad boys have hearts too; they can be loved too. No one’s born a bad human being; it’s in fact time and situations that change people.” 

The actor admits he’s tempted to play negative roles. “I’m attracted to edgy cinema. I want to play someone onscreen who I don’t resemble at all in reality. That’s the whole idea of being an actor.”

The actor also says that director Bejoy Nambiar expected him to be edgy and cold-blooded. But the presence of a love story made it tricky. “When you’re playing a gangster, your mindset is different. In David, even as we show the dark side of the character, we also highlight the good in him. So balancing that was challenging,” says the actor, who is thankful that he’s been able to work with a variety of filmmakers in the course of his five year-long career. “I’ve been lucky because I’ve worked with directors who’ve given me the opportunity to do amazing roles,” he says.

Nambiar pulls out david song Bejoy Nambiar has decided to remove the song, ‘Ya Husain’ from David after some groups objected to it. However, he has retained the tune in the movie. The song accompanies a sequence which shows a Moharram procession. “They (Muslim groups) objected to the song. After a discussion, it was decided that it would be better if I didn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments,” he said.

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