Not many know that Neil started his career as an assistant director to Yash Raj films Mujse Dosti Karoge. In fact Neil also performed as a child star in Yash Raj Films Vijay. Hence Neil says he knew what a stickler for perfection director-producer Aditya Chopra was.
Neil recalls, “I was shooting in Colaba, for a film when Aditya Chopra called me for a narration. He asked me to reach Yash Raj studios by 6.00 in the evening. I left Colaba and reached Bandra but then our car got stuck in the traffic jam. I got out of my car and started running from Bandra to Juhu. There I took a rickshaw and reached Andheri. My make up man Wasim too joined me. But in Andheri once again we got stuck in the traffic jam. I then left the rickshaw and went running till Yash Raj Studios.
“I stood outside the gate and called Adi Chopra and told him I will be five minutes late. I then went to the wash room to get fresh and applied a little make up and got ready to meet Adi. I wanted to work with Kabir Khan as I had liked his earlier movie Kabul Express and didn"t want to miss the opportunity. Today when the film has done well I feel that all the running from Bandra to Andheri indeed was for no loss. It really helped me."