EXCLUSIVE: Neena Gupta on Masaba Gupta’s relationship with Viv Richards: Never poisoned her thoughts as I loved him
Decades ago, Neena Gupta had grabbed headlines when she decided to have a child out of wedlock, following a relationship with cricketer Vivian Richards. While there were many eyebrows raised then, Neena was firm on her life choices, and her confidence has not shaken a bit even now. That’s possibly why Neena Gupta is regarded as one of the strongest female forces in the country currently.
But that’s not how she thinks it to be. In a previous interview last year, the veteran senior actress had spoken about how she never felt ‘brave’ despite people and the media referring her as one. But there was one thing she consciously made sure of – never poison her daughter Masaba about her father. In fact, Masaba too shares a wonderful equation with her dad Viv.
When we caught up with Neena ji, we decided to ask her if it ever was a difficult choice to make – to let go and never feel angry or hold grudges about it. The ever smiling women responded, “That means I’m a good girl. I had Masaba because I loved Vivian. And if you love somebody, you can’t hate somebody like that. You may not live or do things together – woh dheere dheere pata chalta hai. But you can’t hate. Aisa toh nahi hota ki aaj love hai toh kal suddenly you late. And how can you put this thing in your daughter’s mind about her father. I don’t want to and don’t feel it. Why should I poison her thoughts? I have respect for him, he respects me and so, she has respect for both of us. It’s a very simple thing.”
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She adds, “As far as love is concerned, I have come to a conclusion. What I have understood is that real love exists only between parents and children. Baki koi love nahi hota. Woh pehle lust hota hai, phir habit hoti hai and then, it’s caring, This is what I think.”
Watch her fearless chat right here: