Neil Nitin Mukesh returned to the city just in time to promote his Friday release, 7 Khoon Maaf. His little finger is in a cast because he injured it while shooting a strenuous action scene in New Zealand with Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor.
“I didn’t realise the intensity of the injury. After five-six hours, I felt very uneasy and was in a lot of pain. When I went to a hospital, the doctors told me that I had bruised it so badly that it immediately needed to be put in a cast. The next morning I resumed shooting to finish the action sequence,” he recalls with a laugh. If the injury doesn’t heal in the next couple of weeks, the actor may need to undergo surgery.
This is not the actor’s first brush with dangerous stunts. Although he was offered a body double, Neil insisted on filming a whip fight sequence for 7 Khoon Maaf on his own. “There are hardly any whip fight scenes that have been shot in Bollywood. I was getting a chance to be among those few actors who’ve done such scenes. Why wouldn’t I lap it up?” he says, adding that he has always performed his own stunts. “I’ve enjoyed everything from jumping from a high rise to running on a railway track. Not too many know but after the whip fight sequence, I had a few sore marks on my back for many months.”
The actor, who modelled the look of his 7 Khoon Maaf character Edwin largely on his uncle Monish, is unfazed on being told that his film’s weekend box-office collection could suffer because of the Cricket World Cup matches, which start on Saturday. “Now that people have advanced direct-to-home connections, they can easily record matches at home and watch my movie in a cinema hall. Beyond this, I can’t hope for more because cricket is worshipped in our country. This time, we’re the hosts and also one of the most sought after teams,” says Neil, who will be visiting cinema halls to gauge audience reaction to his movie.