‘I’M NOT ASHAMED TO ASK FOR WORK’
National Awardwinning actor Neena Gupta says people tend to forget actors if they don’t work for a while
I’m feeling very proud of myself (after my Instagram post). I feel like I’m launching myself again…. at this age! So what? I am not dead. I am fit, I look good and I can still act, so why not! I’m not ashamed,” says national award-winning actor Neena Gupta, in an exclusive chat with us.
On Friday, the 62-year-old veteran actor, posted on Instagram, that “she is a good actor looking for good parts to play.” And her daughter Masaba Gupta (with cricketer Vivian Richards), reposted it along with a message. “I thought she’ll scold me but I was moved to tears reading her post. She understands,” says Neena.
Asked what triggered her to share this post, Neena says, “Everybody thinks that after my marriage in 2008, I have moved to Delhi and I don’t work anymore. So, I get so put off and then I see so many roles being offered to other actors of my age.” Sharing a recent incident that left her “frustrated and disappointed”, Neena adds, “There was a very nice role in a big film and I knew that director very well but he just took someone else. I called him and asked ‘Punjabi ka role Maharashtrian ko de raha hai, meri umar ka? Tune mere ko kyun nahi liya?’ He said ‘Sorry Neena, mujhe dhyaan hi nahi aaya. Mujhe laga tu toh ab Delhi mein rehti hai aur kaam nahi karti.’ And then I decided that I still have enough time to start again… mujhe koi sharam nahi hai to ask for work.”
The actor also feels that filmmakers mostly consider her a TV face and not a commercial, mainstream film actor. “If you do one big commercial film and it’s a hit, everybody takes you for that particular kind of a role. My problem is that I can do variety of roles, so when filmmakers are casting, they don’t think of me because I am not slotted,” asserts the actor.
While most actors these days bank on PR promotions, Neena admits that she just can’t do it “I am genetically not fit for that. I find it difficult to ask for work even if I know somebody for ages. I expect ki woh bulayenge, but it’s not a correct attitude in this profession. So, I am making an effort now,” she quips.
Although my PR is bad but this is the best PR I have done for myself and I didn’t even have to pay anyone to promote me NEENA GUPTA, ACTOR