Real Name: Neil Nitin Mukesh
Birthday: 15 January, 1982
Birthcity: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height: 1.72 m
First film: Vijay
Neil was born Neil Nitin Mukesh Chand Mathur on 15 January 1982 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India in a Kayastha family to Nishi Mukesh and Bollywood playback singer Nitin Mukesh, son of veteran singer Mukesh Chand Mathur. He was named by Lata Mangeshkar for astronaut Neil Armstrong. As a child, he appeared in Vijay (1988) and Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharnii (1989) as the younger versions of Rishi Kapoor and Govinda.
Neil was educated at Greenlawns High School and HR College in Mumbai, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in commerce at his father's insistence. He then decided to pursue a career in acting, despite being born into a family of singers. In an interview with The Times of India, the actor said "Music is my hobby, but acting is my passion. A passion that even my grand-dad harboured. So, while my father continued his legacy and became a singer, I pursued his other passion. I am living his dream". Neil attended a four-month workshop at Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting institute, and received training from actor Anupam Kher.
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