Neena Gupta on why she discouraged her daughter Masaba from acting: "The way you look, you will never become Alia Bhatt" | bollywood


Neena Gupta was one of the most important actors of the parallel film movement in the 1980s and contemporary of Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Dipti Naval. She was successful on TV too. However, after Badhaai Ho, the actor has not only gained a new life, but is experiencing a "fandom" not seen before. In an interview with Rajeev Masand, she spoke openly about her status as a single mother, counsel that gave her daughter Masaba early in her career and who worked in Bollywood.

On the issue of creating Masaba without a conventional family, Neena honestly accepted that she felt guilty and that she thought it was a selfish act on her part. She said, "Very. All the time. I feel it was a very selfish act on my part. Some of my friends told me that it would not be fair in part of the child, but kaun sunnta hai uss waqat, blind hotey hain (who hears at that age, people are blind). I also feel sad because she was alone. I wish I had another child, but the circumstances were not like that).

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Regarding the question she has asked in the past, she said that despite not regretting her decision, she advises young people not to follow her example, as it is still a difficult decision to make. Neena said, "Yes, very difficult. Nothing has changed much. You and I are the minority in this country. Most are the same. What has changed? This (the decision to be single mother) also people should not do what I did. It's very hard and it's not fair with the child. "

Neena also talked about the advice she gave Masaba early in her career. She discouraged her from acting. Neena said, "I told her:" If you want to be an actor, then go abroad. The way you look, your body is, you will have very few roles in the middle of India) even if you become a good actor. Jis tarah tumhara shakal hai, hai body, yahan tumble Indian middle mein bahot kam role milenge So tumko woh heroin nahin milegi. (You will never become a heroine, you will never become Hema Malini, you will never become an Alia Bhatt).

Neena played a mother to two grown children, one of them being actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who becomes pregnant in middle age. Badhaai Ho, run by Amit Sharma, made with a reported budget of 29 million rupees, began to mint an estimated total of 221.44 rupees worldwide.

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First published:
April 18, 2019


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