Neena ‘chick­ened’ out of a big soap

I keep get­ting good TV of­fers, but I didn’t take them up, as it’s a 24x7 job. I’m wait­ing for some­thing nice. If I am putting 30 days into a pro­ject, it has to be worth it NEENA GUPTA, AC­TOR

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Vet­eran ac­tor Neena Gupta (left) cre­ated quite a buzz when she re­cently took to In­sta­gram and Twit­ter, ask­ing for work. She also in­formed film­mak­ers in these posts, that she is liv­ing in Mum­bai and is avail­able to play good roles. Though ev­ery­one thought that she’s com­pletely out of work, the 62-year-old clar­i­fies that she still gets of­fers for TV shows and it was the film in­dus­try that has for­got­ten about her.

“I didn’t take them [TV of­fers] up be­cause it’s like a 24x7 job. In fact, I signed a very big daily soap re­cently, but I chick­ened out, as they wanted me glow morn­ing- to night for the next 30 days,” shares Neena. “I’m still wait­ing for some­thing nice. If I am putting in 30 days for some­thing, it has to be worth it,” she adds.

Asked if she’s happy with the kind of con­tent be­ing shown on TV these days, the 62-year-old says, “No, it has be­come re­gres­sive again. And maybe that’s the rea­son why I am not do­ing work on TV.”

Best re­mem­bered for her role in the daily soap Saans, which aired al­most two decades ago, Neena says that those days were much bet­ter as com­pared to present times.

“To­day, the cost of pro­duc­tion has gone up and many crores are spent to launch a show, so it has be­come a big task. Ha­mare za­mane mein to launch nahi hota tha… bas do chaar ban­ner lag gaye. But that’s not the case nowa­days,” says Neena.

The ac­tor also feels that no­body wants to try out fresh and new scripts. “Peo­ple will say, ‘It’s nice, but we’re not sure if it would work or not.’ They want to do what­ever is tried and tested like naa­gins and dayans,” she says.

PHOTO: AALOK SONI/HT

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