Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh started his career with the most unlikely hits. His debut film Johnny Gaddaar was something of a noir thriller, more in the world of James Headley Chase novels than Bollywood. In a recent interaction on the thriller genre, Neil criticized Bollywood filmmakers and writers for not focusing on “original ideas and content” but “remaking movies over and over.” Also read: Abhishek Bachchan defends Bollywood remake South films

In the early years of his career, Neil did a lot of work in the thriller genre with films like sci-fi thriller Aa Dekhen Zara, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail and Sudhir Mishra’s Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. His major commercial success during this period was also a thriller – the 2009 film New York which also starred John Abraham and Katrina Kaif.

Speaking to Times of India, Neil spoke of Bollywood’s penchant for remakes, saying: “There are different sub-genres, such as psychological thrillers, political thrillers, horror thrillers and so on. Why don’t we investigate it? We still make movies instead of coming up with original ideas and content. In Bollywood we have original ideas, but I feel like we’d rather play it safe.”

After years of making small independent films, Neil found success in the Tamil film industry with the super hit Kaththi in 2014. His other big hits include Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Saaho.

Neil also spoke about how an actor’s worth is determined solely by commercial success, which is why he tries to strike a balance by making all kinds of movies. “I believe in showbiz I have to be a little sensible and find a balance. The truth is that, not only in our industry, but also among the public, the general perception of an actor is based on his commercial success. While I love being a part of a movie like Jail, I will also do entertainers like Players and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo,” he said.

Neil was last seen in the 2019 film Bypass Road, which was not a commercial success. In the same year he also had a supporting role in the Prabhsstar Saaho. His upcoming releases include the delayed Ankush Bhatt film Firrkie, which stars Kay Kay Menon and Jackie Shroff.

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