• Neel Sethi is an actor best known for his breakthrough role as Mowgli in the 2016 live action film adaptation of “The Jungle Book”.
• He has a net worth of $1.5 million and has had a few other acting projects during his brief career.
• He was cast in another adaptation of “The Jungle Book” entitled “Mowgli” which began recording in 2015.
• The film became a huge financial success, grossing over $966 million and receiving praise for its music, direction, visual effects, and faithfulness to the original works.
• He is of Indian as well as American descent and resides in Los Angeles.

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FactHe is originally from New York City.

Who is Neel Sethi?

Neel Sethi was born on 22 December 2003, in New York City, USA, and is an actor, best known for his breakthrough role as Mowgli in the 2016 live action film adaptation of “The Jungle Book”. He was selected from thousands who auditioned for the role.

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The Net Worth of Neel Sethi

How rich is Neel Sethi? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $1.5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s also had a few other acting projects during his brief career, but as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Acting Career

Little is known of Neel’s origins or how he came to develop a passion for acting. He began acting as a child – one of his first projects came in 2013 in the short film entitled “Diwali”, playing the role of Jay. and three years afterwards, he auditioned against thousands of hopefuls trying to get the role of Mowgli for a live adaptation of the film “The Jungle Book”.

The film featured voices of high profile actors including Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Ben Kingsley; inspired by the 1967 animated film of the same name as well as the collective works of Rudyard Kipling, who was a novelist best known for creating the fiction book. The film became a huge financial success despite not having any big expectations on its release. During the time of its airing, it held the record for biggest remake of all time until the live adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” surpassed it the following year.

The Jungle Book

In the film, Sethi plays the main character Mowgli, who is an orphaned human boy guided by various animal guardians as he discovers more about himself and the world around him. He also tries to avoid the antagonist Shere Khan who is a Bengal tiger. The director of the film, Jon Favreau along with the writers and producers, tried to develop the story as a balance between the original Disney film as well as Kiplings works. Filming took place in Los Angeles and required the extensive use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) to help portray the settings and animals.

The film proved successful critically as well as commercially, grossing over $966 million, making it the fifth highest grossing film of 2016, and the 50th of all time. It received praise for its music, direction, visual effects, and faithfulness to the original works, and at the 98th Academy Awards, the film got the Award for Best Visual Effects. Slight changes in the film were made to depict a more accurate animal environment in India, and the search for the main character Mowgli was the most extensive, spanning numerous countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. Sethi had to undergo parkour training in preparation for the role.


Neel’s popularity skyrocketed thanks to the film which was showcased internationally, and it was also shown in India to coincide with the Indian New Year. It had a special Hindi version which featured famous Indian actors giving voices to the main characters, and it was especially popular to the Indian demographic, as was the original Disney animation. A few months later, a Blu-ray and DVD version of the film was released in the UK followed by a release in the United States. Thanks to his depiction of Mowgli, Neel was then cast in another adaptation of “The Jungle Book” this time more focused on Rudyard Kipling’s works.

The film is entitled “Mowgli” and is directed by Andy Serkis, starring Matthew Rhys as well as Freida Pinto. The film is currently under production and tells the story of Mowgli who grows up in the jungle with a pack of wolves, learning to survive while also discovering a great danger that lies with his human origin. Other actors that have been cast in the film include Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film started recording in 2015, and was mostly filmed in South Africa. In 2018, the first trailer of the film was released.

Personal Life

For his personal life, Sethi’s romantic relationships are yet to start – he is still 14, and it is likely that he is not yet interested in any romantic attachments. He resides in Los Angeles and is of Indian as well as American descent. Similar to numerous actors, he is highly active online through various social media accounts, having accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He mainly posts about his daily endeavors as well as promoting some of his recent projects.

General Info

Full NameNeel Sethi


NominationsTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure, Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite BFF’s (Best Friends Forever)
MoviesThe Jungle Book, Diwali

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1He is originally from New York City.


Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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