Co-produced by Percept Picture
Company and Bhandarkar Entertainment, "Jail" is the
hard-hitting yet sensitive tale of an ordinary man who finds himself
inside a prison due to a series of unfortunate events.
Releasing Nov 6, it also stars Manoj Bajpai in
a pivotal role with Mugdha Godse in the female lead.
Asked about the controversy over the nude scene,
Neil said: "I won't say it is blown out of proportion. It
deserves the attention it has been getting because it is for the
first time that an actor has gone ahead and done something like
this. Though that was not the motive behind it; it was to actually
project what really happens inside a jail.
"And it's a reality-based film, so we wanted
to portray and show everything that actually happens with jail
inmates. This is one of the most important, crucial and initial
procedures that one really goes through in a jail.
"We couldn't take that off and go a step
ahead because people who are law-abiding or have studied law and
belong to the system would obviously know this is one process
that has been completely ignored," he explained.
The actor, who was last seen in the hit movie
"New York", also had to get rid of his muscular body
for the role in "Jail".
"When I came back after doing 'New York',
I was in the greatest shape of my life. But when I met Madhur,
he told me to lose all my muscle and get into the character of
Parag Dixit and leave Neil Nitin Mukesh aside," he said.
Not many know that the four-film-old actor tried
his hand at the "method-acting approach" for the film.
"I adopted the method-acting approach for
'Jail' because otherwise I wouldn't have identified with the character.
Somewhere on the screen it would have faltered and looked rehearsed.
I didn't want to prepare at all before I did the scenes,"
"In fact, I asked Madhur sir to shoot the
film in a chronological order from first to last and that's what
he has done, so that I could live the life of Parag Dixit and
the graph could grow that way," he added.
Neil's future projects include films with Pradeep
Sarkar and Abbas-Mustan while his "Tera Kya Hoga Johnny"
is waiting to roll out.