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Neil’s Tihar diaries

Posted on: October 20, 2009

Neil Nitin Mukesh spent two hours with Tihar Jail inmates

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 20, 2009)

Neil Mukesh with inmates at Tihar Jail

The two hours Neil Nitin Mukesh spent in Tihar jail on Monday afternoon was an unforgettable experience. The visit was part of the campaign for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail, which is about the life of prisoners. Recounting his experience, Neil said, “What I saw in Tihar wasn’t just people who are there because they are being punished but human beings who are in the 400 acre city to be reformed so that they are suitable for mainstream existence, once they are released.” Madhur, actor Manoj Bajpai and music composer Shamir Tandon had accompanied Neil to Tihar.

Neil spent time talking to the inmates, getting to know them. “Did you know that they have ten-day Vipassana courses for the inmates in Tihar?” he asked us. “They have meditation courses where a Yoga guru also stays inside the prison. There’s also a shopping arcade where different things made by the prisoners, branded TJ for Tihar Jail, is sold. I was told that the revenue from these handmade goods goes up to Rs 7.5 crore per annum. I bought a woolen blanket, a shawl, a kurta, some sweets and a few other edibles.”

Neil takes great pride in his visit. “It is one thing to play a prisoner and a completely different one to actually step into a world devoid of freedom and experience a feeling of isolation,” Neil said

Commenting on his experience, Manoj Bajpai said, “I had visited Tihar 12 years ago. The reform work started by Kiran Bedi is being continued. All our prisons should be modelled on Tihar Jail.”

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