Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who played a negative role in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Golmaal Again’, says he is glad about carving a niche for himself in the negative zone. Neil, despite his chocolate boy looks, mostly features in negative characters in movie. Talking about this inclination, Neil said: “I did negative roles from the beginning of my career. Be it in ‘Johnny Gaddaar’, ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’, ‘David’. I don’t look at roles as positive or negative. I just see that whether that character will create impact on screen or not, irrespective of screen-time of that character.
“So it doesn’t make difference to me. As an actor, I feel you need to have conviction when you go out there. At least, I am glad that in the aspect of negative roles, I have carved niche for myself.” Neil attended Atharva Foundation’s special initiative to pay tribute to the Indian armed forces, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as well as Vikram Gokhale, Aftab Shivdasani, Kapil Dev, Madhur Bhandarkar and Rohini Hattangadi here on Wednesday. Neil also spoke about his upcoming film ‘Saaho’, a multi-lingual film starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor. Neil once again plays a negative character.
“‘Saaho’ is shaping up really well. We are now preparing for action sequences of ‘Saaho’. Sujeeth is very good. He is only 26 years old but is a brilliant director. I gained weight for ‘Saaho’ but now I have to reduce that. I am finding it a bit difficult. But I think that transformation will be fun,” he said. On Atharva Foundation’s initiative where dignitaries felicitated some Indian soldiers and their families, Neil said: “I am grateful that Sunil Rane and Atharva Foundation invited me for this initiative. As an actor, I can only say that there is lot of difference between real and reel life and because of these people (Indian soldiers), we are living happily and beautifully.”
Asked if he would like to play an army man in a film, Neil said: “Why not? It is not because the fact that I will get an opportunity to hold the gun or wear the uniform of an army officer, but if any filmmaker offers me role of an army man, then I would love to do it only to honour those people, who fought for us.” Apart from ‘Saaho’, Neil will also be seen in ‘Firrkie’, along with Kay Kay Menon, Karan Singh Grover and Sandeepa Dhar.