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    Nitin Mukesh's son makes Bollywood debut

    By Staff

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    Vadanagar (UNI): Neel, son of singer Nitin Mukesh and grandson of the famed singer Mukesh, will make his debut in Bollywood with the movie ''Johnny-Gaddar'', also starring Rimi Sen and Dharmendra.

    The movie is being produced by Vasu Bhagwani and directed by Shriram Raghwan. About 90 per cent of the film has been completed and it is slated for release some time in February, next year.

    Nitin Mukesh told UNI about the debut at Ambaji yesterday. Nitin, who as a singer could not make a dent in the film world, was here to seek the blessing of the Goddess so that the venture would be a success both for his son and himself.

    It was at the insistence of his friend Rakesh Joshi, a native of Ambaji now settled in Ahmedabad, that Nitin first visited the Ambaji temple some three months back before the ''muhurat'' of the film, some of the scenes of which have been shot in European countries.

    ''Now, Nitin has become an ardent devotee of the deity and visits the temple regularly,'' Joshi told UNI.

    ''I have deep faith in Goddess Ambaji who has fulfilled my wishes. I will come frequently and I am sure the deity will not disappoint me,'' Nitin Mukesh said.

    A follower of Morari Bapu, Nitin Mukesh accompanied the Bapu to Nathadwara for nine days and has made an album covering the episodes of Sundar Kand in Ramayana, which has been released by HMV Sare-Gama.

    Late Mukesh, too, had gained much acclaim for reciting the couplets of Ramcharitra Manas of Tulsidas. ''Like my father, who achieved great popularity for his contribution to the holy book of Tulsidasji, this album too will find the place in the hearts of the people,'' he added.

    Asked why he had withdrawn from the music industry, Nitin Mukesh said, ''Flower fades giving way to new buds to bloom.''

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