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We are nowhere close to Hollywood: Neil Nitin Mukesh

PTI  New Delhi, January 02, 2012
First Published: 18:06 IST(31/12/2011) | Last Updated: 13:05 IST(2/1/2012)

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who will next be seen in the action-flick Players, feels Bollywood is way behind Hollywood in terms of technology and execution.

“We are nowhere close to Hollywood, be it in  terms of technology and processing, or story line and execution. Their Superman and all came 30 years back and we hardly made a film like Krrish that has worked for us,” says the actor, adding, “We are way behind them, and that’s because the audience there have accepted futuristic films. Movies are meant to be larger than life, but it is not like that in our films. We are not catering to our audiences’ wants,” he said.

NeilTalking about “intelligent filmmaking”, the actor says, “These days, almost for every film, critics say, ‘leave your brains behind and enjoy the film’. Why would one leave their brains behind? The audience wants to see an intelligent film, so make an intelligent film for them.”

The actor also feels that Hollywood films do well because their execution is very powerful. Saying so, Neil, who essays the role of Spider, a computer hacker in Players, the official remake of the hit Hollywood crime-thriller The Italian Job, is all praise for director duo Abbas-Mustan’s execution of the film. “From Khiladi to Players, Abbas-Mustan have always progressed with time. Their thinking is not old-school. Players is also quite advanced in its execution and is a very well shot film,” he says.

Talking about his role in Players, Neil says, “I play a computer hacker, who’s very intelligent. He becomes an integral part of a hyped robbery,” he says. The film that hits the screens on January 6, also stars actors Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Omi Vaidya and Sikander Kher, in pivotal roles.  

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