He’s the son of playback singer Nitin Mukesh, an avid photographer and a ‘risk taker’ – someone who played a negative role in his very first movie. That film – Johnny Gaddaar – was a surprise sleeper hit, and launched Neil Nitin Mukesh into Bollywood in 2007. He followed it up with Aa Dekhen Zara, New York and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail, which featured a nude scene later chopped by the censors. Neil’s next releases are Aditya Chopra’s Lafange Parinde and Thank U, the desi version of the Hollywood flick, The Italian Job. He’s also signed Vishal Bharadwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf.
What is your idea of a really boring evening?
Sitting alone at home.
Your typical Sunday?
Wake up late, have a south Indian brunch, catch a movie, maybe hit the spa, go for dinner, go home, watch some TV and sleep.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
A fully charged iPod, a camel, a truck of water and food, suntan lotion and a nice comfortable tent.
The wickedest prank you ever pulled on anyone?
The prank was on my college professor, Mr Sitabkhan, when I punctured his tyres.
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If you could go back in time, which period would you go back to and why?
College, for its carefree lifestyle.
The craziest rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
That I’m not a nice person.
One household chore you’d rather do yourself?
Clean my own room.
One film dialogue you love?
“Don ke peche 11 mulko ki police padi hai lekin Don ko pakdna mushkil hi nahi naamumkin hai!”
You’re sentimental about…
The turning point of your life?
The release of Johnny Gaddaar.
Three places you love shopping in?
London, New York and Dubai.
What drives you up the wall?
People not taking their work seriously.
If you had to spend one crore in a day, what would you do?
Go to a car showroom.
You have faith in…
Your favourite indoor and outdoor games?
Wii Nintendo and volleyball.
The one place you really want to visit and why.
Russia, because I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place with beautiful people.
One thing you love about your partner.
The one thing you’d always like to get as a gift?
What do you do in a crisis?
Sit back and wait for it to pass.