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Why Neil's father is angry with him

Bollywood heartthrob Neil Nitin Mukesh, grandson of legendary singer Mukesh, has revealed that his decision to debut with a negative role in Johnny Gaddar upset his father, who believed that it would taint their family's name.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2009 11:29 IST

NeilBollywood heartthrob Neil Nitin Mukesh, grandson of legendary singer Mukesh, has revealed that his decision to debut with a negative role in 'Johnny Gaddar' upset his father, who believed that it would taint their family's name.

"My dad (singer Nitin Mukesh) did not speak to me for six months because I signed 'Johnny Gaddar'. He was so mad at me that he wouldn't even speak to me while eating meals. On asking him what was upsetting him, he said that you're Mukesh's
grandchild and we're known for our goodness so how could I sign up for a negative role in my debut film," Neil said.

Talking to director Farah Khan on her celebrity chat show 'Tere Mere Beach Mein' to be broadcast this Saturday on Star Plus, the 27-year-old actor said that he stuck by his decision and managed to convince his father.

"I explained to him that it was necessary for people to recognise my acting abilities and that's why I'm doing the film. I can identify myself as an actor, make people identify with me as an actor," he recalled.

His father's behaviour, however, changed after he got critical appreciation for his performance in the crime thriller released in 2007.

"Dad said that he respects me and is proud that I did the film," Neil said.