Date of Birth: 22 December, 2003 (Age: 12)
Height: 142 cm (4 ft 8)
Weight: 35 kg (77 pounds)
Eye color: Black
Hair color: Black
Many actors, who managed to gain worldwide kudos, had to act supporting roles for many years before finally they had won the leading role in the movie.
This teenager dreamed to become a dentist. He was fond of sports, attended the school and had a lot of friends.
His mother heard about audition for the role of Mowgli and it was she, who took her boy there. More than 2000 teen boys came to get the role in one of the most popular and catching children’s books.
Ironically, Neel Sethi didn’t read “The Jungle Book”. He had just looked through it as it was necessary for the audition. But when he won the role, he read the book from top to bottom.
It was not an easy job for a child to portray Mowgli. His hero is extremely fast and strong, and the boy had to train a lot to look like a real Mowgli. Besides his body was always dirty – it was covered with dust. During the whole filming process Neel Sethi had skin problems.
The film director, Jon Favreau, is very content with the boy’s play. The filming process was not easy even for older actors and of course, it was especially hard for the boy. He had to deal with the real bear, he had to bathe in the pool and do various tricks. No one expected, the teenager would be so serious and professional with his acting job.
No doubt, Neel Sethi is a gifted actor. He had never taken drama lessons and he had never been trained professionally to act. But he was so natural on the screen, when he should show fear, or tears, or joy.
By the way, Neel worried a lot, when he visited the premiere of “The Jungle Book”. He told to the journalists after it, “It was so unnatural to see myself on the screen. I couldn’t believe that boy was me! But the film turned to be much better than I could imagine!”
Now Neel Sethi is an internationally popular star. But he doesn’t know what he will do next. Neel has the only one big screen movie in his short film list.
He still doesn’t know, if he becomes a professional actor or not. Although he is for sure to get numerous offers from film directors after the success of his first movie.
He wants to come back home and to continue his studying. Probably, he will attend drama classes and will change his plans to become a dentist like his parents.
It is a great pressure to be a child star. Hopefully, Neel Sethi will overcome all the problems and will develop his talent. We wish him so! Great start, it is the time to work hard, Neel!