Star treatment doesn’t seem to be phasing Neel Sethi, despite the attention he’s receiving as the star of Disney’s The Jungle Book.
“I’ve never done this before so I think this is normal – but it’s not,” he says, nonplussed, while on a promotional trip for his film in Mumbai.
He plays the “orphan-turned- man-cub” Mowgli, bare-chested, barefooted and sporting nothing but an orange loincloth and a mop of matted hair, and raised in the Indian jungles by a pack of wolves, a panther and a bear.
The film opened in Singapore yesterday, and is receiving high ratings so far.
In fact, Sethi, 12, a first-generation Asian-American, is the only human star in the film, based on the book by British author Rudyard Kipling and given a multi-million-dollar blockbuster…