Bollywood’s not-yet-old actress Neena Gupta, has become an inspiration for many in past one year as she has scrapped all the prejudices revolving around age-restricted roles in the cinema.
Neena, who had last year posted a picture of herself on Instagram asking for love, is now making the cinema viewers go crazy after her role in the upcoming movie Badhaai Ho. The trailer, which depicts the story of a middle aged couple with a grown up son about to become parents again, released earlier this week and has been doing rolls since then.
“I did not even read the script of the film because the subject was so interesting. Female actors of our age don’t get a chance to play such interesting characters. This phase of our life is not addressed only in our Hindi cinema. But I think the change is happening because of the youngsters who are writing such scripts,” Neena Gupta said.
“I think my post from last really worked for me. I am doing a whole lot of work. I am in the Kareena-Sonam Kapoor starrer Veere Di Wedding. I also have interesting roles in Nikhil Advani’s Mulk and Dibakar Bannerjee’s Sandeep Pinkie Farar,” added Neena.
The post by Neena Gupta was in turn shared by her daughter Masaba on her Instagram page.
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Just the other day I was telling someone .. how I am never afraid/ shy to ask for work. Its obviously genetic. My mother put up this post on her instagram today. I mean,my 62yr old national award winning mother. She told me I must always work .. no matter what .. it keeps you from getting old…she told me they don’t write for women her age anymore … I don’t think anyone can replicate what she did for TV anymore.. she complains that she can’t do PR .. but says ‘I do good work,that’s my PR’.. time and again we’ve spoken about how whatever she asks for … in due time ,she gets… But that’s the magic of a pure heart. The universe just can’t refuse you… the only advice I have the guts to give her is.. don’t work with anyone who won’t respect you ,at this age , that’s the bare minimum & it’s a strange strange industry she’s in… the advice she gives me in return is..’whatever you do,free ka PR mat khaana,your only someone’s kid/wife/niece/sister for this long. Prove yourself. WORK. Walk the talk & fly ♥️?♥️ @neena_gupta #neenaji
As said by the actress, she always felt left out in Hindi cinema as the plum roles in all the prestigious realistic films went to Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil. Neena Gupta was left with the leftovers.
At present, the film she is most looking forward to is chef-philanthropist Vikas Khanna’s ‘The Last Colour’, a film that focuses on the plight of widows in the holy city of Varanasi. The film features Neena Gupta in the pivotal role of a widow who is not allowed to play Holi, until a girl whom she had befriended and mothered in the past comes forward to fight for the widow’s right.