Neil Mukesh to play Salman's brother in Barjatya's next

According to reports in a leading tabloid, Neil Nitin Mukesh has been chosen to play the role in the next Sooraj Barjatya film, reportedly titled ‘Bade Bhaiyya’, after Vidyut Jamwal declined stating date issues.

The tabloid quoted a source as saying, “The makers have had lengthy discussions with Neil, who has consented to Sooraj in principle. But, he is yet to sign on the dotted line. That should happen in the next few weeks as Neil is really kicked about the film. Bagging a Sooraj Barjatya film could revive his career which hasn't been in great shape lately following a series of duds.”

The source added, “Neil is not the archetypal younger brother. His character is not negative but has shades of grey.”

The makers of the movie are yet to decide on the leading lady. The list of actresses doing the rounds includes, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor.

The film is scheduled to go on the floors in May and is scheduled to release during Diwali in 2015, which is being produced by Rajshri Productions.

Neil is the son of singer Nitin Mukesh and the grandson of famous singer Mukesh. After his performance as a child artiste in ‘Vijay’ in 1988 and ‘Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharnii’ in 1989, he decided to get seriously into acting after graduating from HR College with a bachelor’s degree in commerce on his father’s insistence.

Neil made his debut in films as an adult in Sriram Raghavan’s thriller ‘Johnny Gaddaar’ in 2007, which earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award nomination. The actor was praised for his performance in New York in 2009 for his roles in ‘Johnny Gaddaar’ and ‘Jail’. He was nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for ‘Johnny Gaddaar’, too.

Neil was also seen starring in the science-fiction thriller ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’ co-starring Bipasha Basu in 2009, where he played a struggling photographer. The film did not fare well commercially.

It was reported that Salman Khan was very excited about the film where he would be seen doing twin roles. This brings the actor back with the director after a gap of 15 years.  Previous ventures of the duo ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ and ‘Hum Saath Sath Hain’ have been super-hits.

The ‘Dabangg’ starrer was last seen playing double roles in David Dhawan’s ‘Judwaa’, way back in 1997.