‘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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

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

PHOTO: AALOK SONI /HT

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