When it comes to shooting intimate scenes, Neil Nitin Mukesh has a long way to go still.
He discovered this recently when he landed in Coorg to play the first of Priyanka Chopra's seven husbands in Vishal Bhardwaj's Saat Khoon Maaf. During the love-making scene, Priyanka had to put all her acting skills into action to get the shy Neil to perform.
Apparently, there are seven love-making sequences - one with each of Priyanka’s seven onscreen husbands - and each with different moods.
Neil doesn't deny the absence of an adequate comfort level with Priyanka could have aggravated the situation.
"But that's because I hardly got to know her before working with her in Coorg. It was like… in and out,” said Neil. “We didn't get to know one another at all. I hardly had time to reach Coorg before we started shooting. There was no time for proper rehearsals."
Neil can't help compare his inadequate chemistry with Priyanka to his great rapport with Deepika Padukone during the shooting of Lafangey Parindey.
"With Deepika it was different. It was just the two of us. We had ample time to know one another before we faced the camera,” said Neil. “In Saat Khoon Maaf, I am just one of the seven men in Priyanka's life. It was almost like aadmi musafir hai aata hai jaat hai."
However, Neil is all praise for Priyanka and Vishal Bhardwaj. "She is amazing on camera. I just loved watching her give her shots,” he said. “As for Vishal Bhardwaj, just being directed by him is a learning experience."
Coming back to the love scene in Saat Khoon Maaf, Neil protests, "It isn't as if I was camera shy. I just didn't get enough time to get comfortable. I've done a love-making scene earlier with Rimi Sen in my first film Johnny Gaddaar."