Known for her tough choices in real life as well as the strong characters portrayed in her roles – Neena Gupta has been one to live life on her own terms. Here we look at her journey, which makes her one of the most beloved actors in the nation.
1. Coming into this world
Neena Gupta, the woman who would shatter the shackles of tradition and emerge to be an inspirational woman, was born in New Delhi to R.N.Gupta on 4 June 1959.
2. Her schooling
She attended the Lawrence School in Sanawar and completed her Master's Degree and M.Phil. in Sanskrit. However, an avid lover of cinema since her childhood, Neena Gupta was always pushing for a career in film. She also holds a certification from the National School of Drama, New Delhi.
3. An international film career
Neena Gupta has appeared in several international films, such as Gandhi (1982), in which she played the niece of Mahatma Gandhi, and Merchant Ivory films, The Deceivers (1988), Mirza Ghalib (1989) In Custody (1993), and Cotton Mary (1999).
4. Getting her TV break
She made her TV debut with Khandaan (1985) and went on to do several prominent serials such as, Yatra (1986), Gulzar's Mirza Ghalib (1987), a TV miniseries, followed by Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj (1988), and many more.
5. Succeeding in the TV industry
Her ability to play multiple roles, got her noticed by the veterans of the industry and she landed some big projects such as Shrimaan Shrimati (1995), Saans, Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar (2005), Chitthi (2003) and Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2004). She also hosted the Indian version of the TV series The Weakest Link, Kamzor Kadii Kaun.
6. Honours and recognition
Neena Gupta managed to impress not just the audience but also the critics with her acting skills which brought her several awards from a young age. Her television movie Bazar Sitaram won the 1993 National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature. She was also honored with the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a young widow in Woh Chokri (1994).
7. Wearing the Director’s hat
Along with being an exceptionally talented actress, she also knows how to run the show behind the camera. Neena has directed several successful TV series, such as Saans (1999), Siski in (2000) and Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr.
8. A tough woman to the core
A romance with Vivian Richards saw Neena Gupta mother a child out of wedlock. She gracefully raised her child as a single mother which was unheard of at the time, showing how she has always been an independent woman.
9. Being a single parent
While it was I no way an easy feat, she brought her daughter – Masaba Gupta into the world and raised her as a single parent. As she was managing work and being a mother, her father moved in with them in Delhi.
10. Flourishing once again
Even though media and peers in the industry may have spoken a lot about her, Neena Gupta continued to work and began to flourish once again. Recently, her performance in Ayushmann Khurrana starrer- Badhaai Ho was received very well and she was also honoured with the “Best Supporting Actor - Female” at BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards) for her role in the film.