Artiste’s legacy has its own merits and demerits: Neil Nitin Mukesh

Neil ...People ask me why you don't sing rather than trying to be an actor.

Neil …People ask me why you don’t sing rather than trying to be an actor.

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who belongs to a family of singers, says a legacy has its own merits and demerits.

The 34-year-old actor says initially in his career “everyone had their inhibitions about the fact that I hail from a family of singers so I should try singing and why try and get into acting”.

“So, it became very difficult for me to go out there every single day and struggle it out to prove to people,” Neil said.

Neil, the son of singer Nitin and grandson of legendary singer Mukesh, said: “I think the pros for me…I can personally say about it is that every door opened up for me, to actually meet them and they (filmmakers) heard me out.”

Despite his links to one of the most talented families in India he has to keep proving himself, says the Wazir star.

“The cons are that if you are in a different field then you have to still go out there and prove yourself irrespective of the legacy. Eventually, this industry caters to those only who have immense potential and talent.

“So it has its pros and cons for sure and you are constantly being compared to your legacy, you are constantly being judged, looked at,” Neil added.

“I am here because I am passionate about my profession that I want to be a part of,” he added.

Neil made his debut as an adult in Sriram Raghavan’s 2007 critically acclaimed thriller Johnny Gaddaar, which earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award nomination. He subsequently earned critical praise for his performance in New York (2009) and Jail (2009); the former earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.

The actor was later noted for his performances in Lafangey Parindey (2010), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and David (2013). He debuted in Tamil cinema as the main antagonist in Kaththi (2014), for which he learned Tamil from scratch. – CINEWS

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