Neena Gupta: I ended up playing negative roles as people perceived me as an independent woman
Bollywood actress Neena Gupta has seen many ups and downs in her life. The veteran actress has always bounced backs from setbacks and risen like a phoenix every single time. Neena is also the mother of fashion designer Masaba Gupta and two share a very close bond.
Now, Masaba was born out of wedlock and her father is former West Indies cricket team captain Vivian Richards. Masaba Gupta is a staunch feminist and an independent woman.
Neena has acted in several films like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, ‘Khalnayak’, ‘Mandi’ among many others. In recent times, her performance in the film ‘Baadhai Ho’ was highly appreciated.
The actress in an interactive session with actor Rajit Kapur during Act Fest, said, “The society has not changed even today, and that is why I tell aspiring actresses especially — do not be very candid at your professional space. I had a child out of wedlock and that proved me as a strong-headed woman, which I am. But back then, a strong woman could only play a vamp. So I ended up playing mostly negative roles. Girls, if you want to smoke, do not smoke in public or do not be physically friendly to a male friend. These are perceived as signs of independent women, and that might [mean you get] offered a certain type of role only.”
Indian society, in particular, is very judgemental and sometimes you get the feeling that it is still living in medieval times and stuck in the 16th-century mindset.