In an interview to Times of India, Neena Gupta revealed what her image was when she was young. She also talked about how the two images differed, i.e., the one portrayed by the media and the one that was real. Talking to Neha Dhupia, she also hinted that now she wants her younger self to focus on work and not on men. After Badhai Ho, Neena has been recognized by the citizens as a top notch actress with ace acting skills.
Neena Gupta Reveals Why She Didn’t Get Lead Roles in her Youth:
Neena Gupta told TOI, “When I say that I had an image of a strong woman, I am referring to the image created by the media. See what I am in my actual personal life, nobody knows. Maybe I am not strong in my personal life. How will anybody know? Now, the heroine in those days was not portrayed as someone strong, more often than not. Generally, she was someone who compromised with the circumstances and sacrificed a lot. So, I think an actor has to be very careful that what image of theirs is created by the media. And the actor is responsible for it. Like, they should know what he has to say and not say in his interviews. And even if they a few things, where should he/she draw the line?
Gupta added, “Those days, some of us were quite naive. Kisine kuch achcha bol diya toh usko kuch bata diya. Then, ek baat kahan se kahan chali jaati thi! Matlab kuch aur nikal jaata. If I have certain advantages because I am a public figure, I have certain disadvantages too. I have to learn to maintain decorum with what I say.”
When Neha Dhupia asked Neena one advice she would give to her younger self, Neena said, “Focus on work, not on men.”
Neena will also pen a biography which was announced by the publishing house Penguin Random House India earlier this week. The memoir, Titled as ‘Sach Kahun Toh’ will talk about her life journey from childhood in Delhi’s Karol Bagh to Mumbai.
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