Joined: 02 June 2011
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Neil says ,"My original profession is choreography. In fact I have done choreography in college.I believe that all dance forms are tough. However I am one of those people who can pick up choreographed steps quickly. Many of my co-dancers have pointed that out and complimented me for that trait. So if someone shows me the steps of any dance I may be able to pick it up no matter how tough it is. My favourite dance styles are hip-hop and contemporary. I have been dancing since childhood. My mom used to participate in many dance competitions during her college days and she was an inspiration. However it was after watching my young sister performing a classical dance on stage that I decided to pursue dance seriously. I have not undergone any professional training but learnt by watching Michael Jackson and Prabhu Deva's videos. I used to keep rewinding and watch their moves in slow motion. "
Catapulting to fame..
"I have had my invitation to this world's festival ,and thus my life has been blessed."
"I will be clad in a dhoti and kurta all the time," says he. Adding about the change from being an action hero to a romantic hero, he states, "The action hero is now a love hero (laughs)." "But, on a serious note, while my sword spoke for me in Arsalaan, my eyes will do all the talking here", adds Neil."I play the character of Sumer who is madly in love with Sunaina. Sumer is a complete contradiction to Sunaina. I relate to the role 100%, because I like Neil in real life too. Except that I have not fallen in love with any girl till date. He is in complete awe of his father and will never question his father's decision. Sumer is passionate about music and his flute mesmerizes every one who listens to him playing it. As a kid, Sunaina used to love to play to his tune". It doubly tough as an actor to play Sumer because the basic need of the character is to talk more through his eyes and project softness in a big way. I make it a point to read the script again and again before I set out to face the camera for the shot.The childhood sweethearts are torn apart by the cruel hands of destiny but meet one another again after ten years at a gurukul, unaware of each other's identity, when love rekindles in their young hearts and gives rise to a passion that will challenge the decade old enmity between their two families. While Aslaan was a fantasy, Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Who Rab Ki Marzi is more realistic."
The Giant Leap...
12/24 Karol Bagh
"There comes the morning with the golden basket in her right hand bearing the wreath of beauty,silently to the crown of earth"
ultimate big break!!..The show which made him transcend the
boundary---From popularity to stardom!!----With the boy next door looks
and chilled out personality ,Abhi came across as a fresh breath of
air.When saas - bahu sagas were ruling charts,Abhi carved a niche for
himself in the show .From being a young carefree spirit to the most
adorable lover and finally the ideal husband,Neil carried off the role
with such ease and grace that it instantly made him the talk of the
town.Every woman dreamed of a life partner like him.Every girl started
dreaming about him.The twinkle in his eyes---The bubbling
enthusiasm---The amorous and flirtatious mannerisms---Every aspect was
beautifully accentuated by his charming persona.
Quoting Neil :
I find Abhi as a character is
very unique. For me at first it was very difficult to play this cool dude
chilled out guy as in my short career span I have always played characters
which are different but more on the serious note and when I shot for Karol Bagh
I was thrown into an uncharted territory. I didn't know what to do with this
character. I use to sit day and night with my script including those that I had
already shot, I kept reading again and again till I got it right. So for me
everything about him is special because this is the first character that got me
Once in a lifetime someone is blessed with an opportunity to essay a path breaking role such as Kesar and be a part of an EPIC show such as Gulaal. Carving a niche for himself in an already ensemble cast was a herculean task in itself. But who better than Neil could have justified and perfectly stepped into the shoes of Kesar , carrying on the legacy from where young Kesar had left. Neil, not only transcended his own capabilities but he also brilliantly merged as well as outshone in the canopy of stars that adorned Gulaal.The most complex and layered character ever portrayed on Indian TV 'Kesar provided Neil with a chance of exposing his soul in the process of learning Kesar.
From being a spiteful , fearsome tornado of simmering hatred to a mad obsessive lover ,finally and gradually metamorphosing into someone who was ready to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of the only woman he hated ,loved, obsessed, desired and longed for.. THE COMPLETE JOURNEY'THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF REDISCOVERING HIMSELF'was wonderfully potrayed by Neil.
The hurt of being ignored, the years of desolate desperation ,the emotional upheaval of a confused mind ,the impatient cravings of an obsessed lover, the realisation of selfless love..Each and every aspect of the complex character 'each and every nuance and details were flawlessly executed by him. The angst of a man who stood with divided loyalties-the passion of a person madly in love'the highest level of selflessness---are all but only a few aspects from the long list, in which Neil breathed life with utmost dexterity. If Gulaal was a masterpiece show highly acclaimed by critics,then Neil was no less than the star of the show. PERFECT YET IMPERFECT!! DEVILISH YET DANDY!! FEARSOME YET FRAGILE!! If there ever would have been any Kesar..It certainly would have been Neil!!
"Memorable scene: drunk scene after playing kabbadi, he goes to his room, sits n play morchan. That is the first time when I felt the character."
"It has changed me as a person trust me Kesar se itna kuch seekha hu becoz Kesar is more human than any human alive. Usme itne negativity bhi hai aur positivity bhi toh kaafi kuch seekha on personal and professional level".
"Arslaan is close to me but kesar gave me everything. Kesar and Abhi gave me everything"
"This is my delight ,thus to wait and watch at the wayside where shadow chases light and the rain comes in the wake of the summer"
The handsome hunk participated in Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan. After the little ustads from the television he's another one to join hands with the reality dance show. He teamed up with Jayshree Venketaramanan He was too much excited about the show because it's a great opportunity for all to work with choreographer Saroj Khan.
"Yes, I will be seen in Nachle Ve along with Jayashree. It's a great opportunity that I have got a chance to be a part of the show which is belongs to Saroj ji. She is the ultimate masterji. Malaika is a very soft-spoken person and her judgments are very apt. Whereas Jayshree is also a fantastic dancer and I am lucky to have her as a dance partner".
I think Saroj ji is magnificent and a respected dancer. I found it easier to be trained by her because she goes with the lyrics of the song. She choreographs the song according to the lyrics. That's what I have been doing myself. So it was easier for me to work with her. So far, I had a fabulous time on the show," he says.
Experimenting with Fiction and Reality
Arjun~Savdhan India!!India Fights back!!(2013)
"I boasted among men that I had known myself.They see my pictures in all works of minee.And then they come and ask me, "Who is he?"
The quest for something new yet unknown led Neil to feature in an episodic of Savdhaan India where he played the character of the loving Arjun-the caregiver and the husband who knows nothing beyond love!!
"It was nostalgic for me to hear about a character who loves his wife so much that he can do anything for her. My character in 'Karol Bagh' had been along the same lines.However, the difference is that in 'Karol Bagh', I was playing an out and out positive character but in this show you don't know whether my character crosses the fine line of going overboard in love. Hence, you are not sure if he is the victim or the culprit,"
A joyous Discovery and a Brave Attempt
Pratyush in Channel V Yeh Hai Ashiqui
"No more noisy,loud words from me -such is my master's will.Henceforth I deal in whispers.The speech of my heart will be carried on in murmurings of a song"
Another episodic but another limitless horizon;who would have thought the machismo of a hip hopper would transform into the fluidity of a swan and explore a genre which would break norms again.The pathos of a dream with passion and a love fulfilled but scarred-Neil surpassed the realms of finesse when he sunk into the skin of Pratyush.When danced there was no tomorrow ,when he loved there was no other joy in this world and when he dreamed there was nothing more inspirational.Short yet sweet-the journey made him the versatile performer he was.You name it and he just did it
will be playing a classical dancer on the show and this is a real
challenge for me as I have never received formal training in dancing.
However, the entire concept of two dancers and their story really
excited me to take up this role."
Striking back with Pride and Zeal
The Dream Role and Extended Cameo Zakir -Diya aur Baati Hum(Star PLus) 2014
"I am like a remnant of a cloud of Autumn uselessly roaming in the sky.O my ever glorious sun.Thy touch has not melted vapor,making me one with thy light"
A single finger which wipes a tear during failure is better than thousand hands clapping for victory.What started as a quest to win ,a struggle to become the best came to an end with a brilliant IPS trainee losing the Best Cadet Trophy .To win no matter any cost with nothing short of the best he desired,But Zakir's shattered dreams did not even make him fall .In fact he breathed hard and gathered together the broken pieces again SMILING WITH PRIDE!!
Cynical,focused,determined and with a passion,driven by CHOICES and never depending on the fate of CHANCES-Zakir in the Epitome of the FIRE TO WIN!!
Succumbed to his weakness and insecurities, but finally rose like a phoenix from the ashes of Remorse;REDEMPTION did find it's course and Zakir still BELIEVES in whatever he had believed in.
PERCEPTIONS changed,PREJUDICES changed but what REMAINED there was PRIDE -POWER AND PERFORMANCE-Neil breathed the training of an IPS trainee .Every cell in his being just signifies the HARD WORK he had put in. In an already ensemble cast he found his place ,won hearts and still continues to do so as ASP Zakir.
I have got to learn a lot of things - "It's been an amazing experience playing Zakir so far. I have got to learn a lot of things and also had to be trained like an army officer. I have got to learn different things like kick boxing, obstacles training, jogs etc. It's like a treat for me as I am getting to do a lot of things. The experience has been good so far and it's a different character which I am playing for the first time."
The character of Cadet Zakir is not negative - "In television, either we get to play a positive character or a negative character. It is difficult to find a grey character to play on-screen and grey character is something which has a human thinking. No one amongst us is negative but we do lack in something or the other things and it is difficult to portray that. To gain audiences' sympathy and at the same time to make the audience realize about the psyche of the character this is what attracted me towards the character of Zakir. The character is being portrayed in a bad light to look like negative but it is not negative. This character will unfold well in the upcoming episodes as what was the reason for Zakir being rude, arrogant and what made him do all such things in the show. I am happy being a part of this show because of the intensity of this show and its entire cast and crew."
Martial arts skills has helped me a lot - "My
martial skills are helping me a lot. Being trained in martial arts, I
have a flexible body and I am aware of doing stunts. Since I was
required to do stunts on my own, I was able to do it as I am aware of
it. The challenges are always new for me as every day I am required to
do new stunts. Recently, I did a split in the air and I had to do 180
degree split in the air. It required some flexibility in the legs then I
did kick boxing which I already knew about it. I also did the obstacle
race effortlessly as I am a well-trained martial artist. Even a common
man can also do these techniques but a martial artist better knows the
techniques of doing it."
We are being mobbed every day in Punjab - "It's amazing shooting in Karnal. We are being mobbed every day while shooting. The temperature is very low and we are having an amazing time to shoot here. People keep coming on the sets and we are pleased with their presence on the sets. People are coming from Punjab and Delhi just to meet us as they love the show. They come and praise our work; the show has a brilliant impact on the people."
I have always dreamt of playing an army officer - "
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How did acting happen to you?
"While doing choreography, I realized that this is the field I should be in. My parents encouraged me to try out acting so I thought about it. I always wanted to be an actor and the response of the people even motivated me to get into the field of acting. So, in 2006 I started giving auditions for Ads, Television and Films. In 2008 I bagged a role in Arslaan which was my Television debut on Sony."
You love martial arts. When did you get into this art form and why?
"Being a dancer, I have always been attracted to all these things which are related to physical exercise. I have learned gymnastics for 4 years in my childhood days and I have also been a Karate student. I have recently developed a keen interest towards Capoeira (a martial art form) and learnt it from Baba Capoeira specialist. I feel quite lucky that I got trained by the only trainer in India who went to Israel and learnt this art form for 14 yrs then he returned back to India to spread this art over here. I got to learn a lot from him and after Ramayan; I wish to continue learning this art from him."
Views on Episodics?
"Episodics are like a film concept on TV. They are like niche cinema, and shot with different cameras better than daily soap. In daily soaps, actors have lot of time to get into the skin of the character, but with episodics since they are on tight schedule, they get very little time to understand the characters. Also, the characters in episodics one can relate to and are more realistic."
One past incident that you would like to change?
"None. I don't think anyone wants to change anything in their past because that would change them as a person."
The last time you cried your heart out
"I don't cry a lot in my personal life but I've cried my heart out for my scenes. (laughs)"
How is Neil in real life?
Your ultimate strength?
"I think it's my will power that keeps me strong."
How important is money to you?
What are your career plans?
"I want to see myself as a director so I'm working towards it. But that does not mean I'm leaving acting it's just a wish which I want to see being fulfilled.
Neil concedes that acting is inborn but yet admits that he did join Namit Kapoor's Acting School to learn the technical aspects of acting, because as he puts it succinctly, "If you do not have the talent, no one on this earth can teach you how to act".
Something you have been longing to do or learn
One thing about you that nobody knows.
"I'm an open book. There's nothing hidden about me. (Suddenly remembers) But ya, I guess that few people really know that I've also been an athlete. I've won accolades at the Inter- state level as well."
"I will not forget my holiday in Goa . Actually, I love that place so I think whenever I go there I shall love it more"
Share some fitness tips that you follow.
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Dear neil . .wishing you a very happy
and joyful birthday. May all your dreams, desires and wishes come true and you
achieve all success in your life. Just keep smiling like you always do, keep
loving like you always love and keep living life to the fullest like you always
believe in. On this special day i want to thank you for giving us fans such
memorable characters like kesar and aditya. I would also like to thank your
lovely mother. After watching her in Mother's Day video i came to know from
where did you get that humble nature of yours. So once again, wish you a very
happy birthday !! Enjoy your special day. God bless you and your whole family.
. . . . . . . .
"It feels great when you smile sometimes... But, it feels best when you smile everytime
Many many happy returns of the day Neil :) may all of your wishes come true...
An year is known to be trip around the sun, Enjoy your every trip to its fullest... May you celebrate infinite number of trips"
dear neil have learn alot 4m u u
r so nice as a person also that y v all love u not only as an actor but also as
a person u r unique difrent 4m others
v will b wid u will support u troughout our life u r the best
Happy birthday Neil. God Bless You.
Dear Neil ,
Words fail to express the immense adulation and admiration which we have for you. On your birthday I wish you all the best for your future .May the joys just never end and you have a wonderful life ahead you.
Birthdays are a new start; fresh beginnings, a time to start new endeavours with new goals. Move forward with fresh confidence and courage. You are a special person, may you have an amazing today and year!
Count the age, not the wrinkles you have. Count the blessings and the wonderful experience not the mistakes you have made.
Forget the past, look forward to the future for the best things are yet to come.
A birthday is the most special day in one's life. Enjoy it to the fullest.
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