New Delhi: He has always played intense and serious roles, but not many know that Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has a humorous side which he would like to explore in films. The actor is keen to do situational comedies.
"I would love to be a part of a comedy film but it is very important what type of comedy the film has to offer. I can`t bang my head here and there and make people laugh," Neil told IANS on phone from Mumbai.
"I would love to be a part of a situational comedy, something like `Hera Pheri`," he added.
Five-films-old Neil has garnered plenty of critical acclaim with serious roles in his films "Johnny Gaddaar", "Aa Dekhen Zara", "Jail", "New York" and "Lafangey Parindey" but off-screen the actor admits he is a clown.
"I am a clown off-screen and keep making people laugh with my acts. I have a great sense of humour. I am a good mimicry artiste also, a glimpse of which you would have seen in `Johnny Gaddaar`," the actor proudly said.
Last seen in "Lafange Parindey" with Deepika Padukone, Neil returns with yet another dark role in Vishal Bharadwaj`s "7 Khoon Maaf", which is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond`s short story "Susanne`s Seven Husbands".
He plays the role of the "lucky first husband" to get married to Susanna, played by Priyanka Chopra.
"Earlier, I was a bit nervous about working with Vishal but in course of time I realised he is a very humble human being and a great director. He has a different vision and explains each and everything so beautifully to an actor," he said.
The actor sports a moustache for his role as an army man, Major Edwin Rodrigues, in the film, and says the character is inspired by his uncle Mohnish Mukesh.
So, does he plan to sport a moustache in future?
"Let`s see how the audience responds to it. That will only decide whether or not I would sport it in future," he said.
Apart from Neil, the film also stars John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor and Russian actor Aleksandr Dyachenko.
Asked if he was ever apprehensive about being a part of the multi-starrer "7 Khoon Maaf", Neil said: "I don`t understand why everybody is asking the same question. If I had been apprehensive, I would not have taken the film in the first place."
"Such things sometimes create a doubt in the minds of actors like us - whether we made the right decision or not," he added.
Meanwhile, Neil is busy shooting for Abbas Mustan`s "Players" with Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Sonam Kapoor and reveals that he has signed another film.