Neel, born on December 22, 2003, in
, is not a newbie to the camera because, he was featured in a short film ‘Diwali’, as ‘Jay’ in 2013. This 12 years old Indian-American boy did the role ‘
’ in the story ‘
The Jungle Book
’ (2016) re-created by the director,
. Neel said that he was never interested in acting initially, and wanted the same path as his parents who are dentists. The young bud was learning Teakwondo since four years old.
His dance teacher said him about the audition that was happening for ‘The Jungle Book’ kid. He was asked to give it a try. His parents were also helping him in practicing for the character, by having an audition tape. Among thousand of kids he was selected for role ‘Mowgli’. His parents were proud about the being the one. The boy became quite famous with the teaser being released but his family and friends did not give much reaction to what he expected.
He was the only human character who acted, as the other roles were CG made and voiced. The beasts and the persons who voiced were, the ‘Black Jaguar, Bagheera’ was voiced by ‘
’, the ‘Snake, Kaa’ was voiced by ‘
’. The ferocious ‘Tiger, Shere Khan’ was voiced by ‘
’ and the ‘Bear, Baloo’ voiced by ‘
He said that he did not feel any difference from the character and him because it was reflecting his own, and so he was very much comfortable with everything. The Only thing for him to do was to grow his hair so that he could look similar like Mowgli image for the cast. The boy was busy with the promotion in Mumbai. Actress Priyanka Chopra his favorite personality who is doing ‘
’ in Hollywood industry is voicing for the snake, Kaa. Thus the boy’s stage is being built with fun and excitement.