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Nude scene no big deal for Neil

After Neil Nitin Mukesh’s stellar performance in New York, a film that revolved around the tragic 9/11 incident, the actor talks about the impact of the event on his life, his upcoming release, and more.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2009 21:17 IST

After Neil Nitin Mukesh’s stellar performance in New York, a film that revolved around the tragic 9/11 incident, the actor talks about the impact of the event on his life, his upcoming release, and more.

“This [9/11] is an incident that’s gone down in history and will always be remembered,” says the actor, who “couldn’t come out of shock for 10 days” when he saw the twin towers coming down. “The entire world should observe a minute’s silence on this day, every year.”

His caller tune is set to the remixed version of Hai Junoon, perhaps the most popular track from New York, and Neil says he’s in the best and most energetic phase of his life. The actor, who was in the Capital to launch the iStore by Reliance Digital, says he was quite comfortable shooting the much-talked-about nude scene for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail.

“I am a performer, I was comfortable in my own skin, plus Madhur is a great director — an institution in himself. It was a great experience working with him.”

And has his dosti with John Abraham has survived after reports that he replaced John in Rohit Dhawan’s film? “Yes, we are all friends,” he says.

Neil doesn’t foresee competition between himself and Ranbir Kapoor, whose film Wake Up Sid is releasing on the same day as Jail. “Infact, it’s a matter of pride that grandsons of Raj Kapoor and Mukesh are working at the same time,” says Neil.

He isn’t on Facebook or Orkut but says he loves ‘tweeting’, as “Twitter helps me be closer to my audience.”