Son of the renowned singer Mukesh, Neil Nitin Mukesh had started his career with Johnny Gaddar in 2007. Neil was then seen in Aa Dekhein Zara, but it was with the Abhishek Bachchan-Katrina Kaif starrer New York that he earned himself recognition from the audience.
Despite his arresting looks and decent acting skill, Neil Nitin Mukesh couldn’t flourish as a male lead. He played supporting characters in movies like Players, and contrary to his charming personality, settled for negative roles in the likes of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
But today we would not be discussing his filmography. We would be discussing a very uncomfortable incident in the actor’s life that was overlooked at that time, but in hindsight appears to be as objectionable as it gets.
Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan were hosting an award show and Neil was sitting in the audience. Like Shah Rukh loves to strike a conversation with his audience, he picked on Neil this time. “Neil Nitin Mukesh (sitting in the audience), “Mujhe tumse ek sawaal poochna hai ke tumhara naam hai Neil Nitin Mukesh. Bhaiya surname kahan pe hai?”
To this, a seemingly enraged Neil responded, “Can I take this liberty to say something? That is an insult for me, actually, that is an insult I feel. It’s not right, you know. I think you haven’t seen that my father is sitting out here also. I think it’s ridiculous on both of you all to ask a question like this and always bring this up on award shows. I personally find this as an insult and I think you guys need to just shut-up ya.”
No one has the guts to ask the Khans in Bollywood to shut up, but the Mukesh-lad did. Movie stars sitting in the audience were stunned at what had just happened. Katrina Kaif and Bipasha Basu rushed to him and suggested he apologized to King Khan. But Nitin didn’t.
Now years later, it has been revealed that the entire scene was a pre-meditated stunt to add some element of shock in the evening. Neil says it was in fact, Shah Rukh’s plan, and he just played along. What do you do think? Was Shah Rukh being really mean to the newcomer or was it a scripted scene after all?