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Neil wants to be a music composer

Neil Nitin Mukesh is more interested in music than packing punches in films. Mukesh’s grandson, who’s sung for three films already, plans to become music director soon

music Updated: Aug 13, 2010 13:57 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

He plays One-Shot Nandu — a fighter who enters the ring blindfolded and crushes bozos like oranges in no time — in Pradeep Sarkar’s

Lafangey Parindey

that releases next week. But actor Neil Nitin Mukesh is more interested in music than packing punches in films.

“I sang satisfactorily for

New York


Aa Dekhein Zara

. I received great feedback for my songs and voice quality from my colleagues and family. Music helps me relax. In fact, I spend a lot of time listening to all kinds of music, especially all my grandfather’s songs. Each one is a classic and it’s difficult to pick one. I think I’ve inherited a great deal from him and my dad,” he says, adding, “There are few who know that I also compose music.”

Neil Nitin Mukesh

Wonder if he’d like to compose music for one of his upcoming films too? “I’ll be starting off on

The Italian Job

in October. I’m sure Abbas-Mustan have already finalised the music composer for their film. I don’t think I stand a chance there. But given an opportunity, I’d love to compose music for one of my films or even cut an album. I wouldn’t mind singing for one of my upcoming films too,” says Mukesh, whose father Nitin Mukesh and grandfather Mukesh were popular singers.

The actor will be seen on the Colors’ show,

India’s Got Talent Khoj 2

as a participant with Pinky Palkar, played by Deepika Padukone. When asked why his film, a love story, was called

Lafangey Parindey

, Mukesh admits that the title is misleading. “The film has great emotional content. Everyone can relate with the superbly crafted characters. The film is actually a mix of action, romance and drama. But if I were in the director or producer’s seat, I don’t know what I would have called the film,” he laughs.

It’s rumoured that Mukesh has agreed to work on the Malayalam film


with Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal. When asked, Mukesh chuckles, “I can just say and understand


(go away) in Malayalam.”

First Published: Aug 13, 2010 12:39 IST