Neil’s Success Street

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Neil Bhoopalam

Neil Bhoopalam is somewhere impersonating Aamir Khan in Ghajini. The forgetful actor has written down his daily chores on his wrist including buying ‘figs’, which he has been asked to pick up by his wife, Nandini Shrikent. The actor met her when he was auditioning for a role. He smiles when reminded him about the parallel with Aamir’s character.

His recent outing in NH10, where he played a young man embroiled in a violent crime, has been applauded by critics and audiences. The actor is enjoying his moment under the limelight. He confides he even enjoyed the promotions for the Anushka Sharma production. “I loved it. I enjoyed all the attention,” says the actor who has now hit the showbiz turf hard.

He remembers the first time when he was noticed was four years back in Bejoy Nambiar’s dark narrative Shaitan. His quirky Parsi Zubin act was applauded.

It was during Ungli that he got a call to play a role in the TV series 24. “I’m aware of the power of the television but I had to think hard before making a switch again. But then I realised why should I over analyse it, it would be like counting the chickens before they hatch.” To his surprise, the television audience, which is used
to the saas-bahu and glycerine sagas, lapped up this thriller drama. And what films couldn’t do to his career, well, the show 24, surely did. Neil credits its success to producer Anil Kapoor, who brought the international series to Indian audiences. “As an actor, you’re always riding on someone else’s project unless you reach a stage where you have your own production house.”

The thriller, somewhere, led him to bag Anushka Sharma’s maiden production NH10