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Neil Nitin Mukesh no more larger-than-life in Paidaar

It looks like the failure of Players has pulled Neil Nitin Mukesh back to earth. His maiden production Paidaar which Neil has co-scripted has gone into re-writing. The larger-than-life hero who seeks revenge against the villains, who kill his wife, has now been turned into a more reasonable average man on the street.


The decision to do away with the muscle-power in Paidaar was taken between producer-star Neil Nitin Mukesh and his co-writer and director Rohit Jugraj who threatened to walk out of the project if Neil insisted on playing the character as a romantic Rambo.


Says a source, "Neil wanted to play the guy as a vendetta-seeking Romeo who transforms into a killing machine. Neil wanted to build his muscles and beef up, a la his 'bro' John Abraham. But Rohit Jugraj thought it a much better idea for Neil to play the character as an average regular Joe using his common sense to take on the criminals."


Apparently, Neil was adamant and gave in only when Jugraj threatened to walk out of the project.


On his 30th birthday on Sunday Neil admitted, "I am now playing a guy who is your working-class hero, no muscles and beefing up. Just a guy who wants revenge for wrongs done to him. Yes, Rohit is directing. I am very confident of his abilities."


The film goes on the floors later this year. Neil has much reason to be happy on his 30th birthday. "I am doing the films that I like. I am single by choice. I don't want to get into the love zone until I can spare the time for my girl. One relationship went kaput because I was too busy making my career. To me a relationship is a serious business. I hate people who take it lightly. I'd expect my girl to make me her first priority, as I'd make her."


Neil had a surprise birthday party waiting for him on Saturday night when he returned home from an awards function. "I had no idea about the get-together. When we reached home all my school friends, and my latest co-star Puja Gupta, were at home. I love birthdays."


Deepika Padukone also dropped in to wish her friend Neil.

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