N: Neena Gupta #AToZChallenge

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As an Indian, can you imagine having a child out of wedlock? No, right? Now imagine the same scenario in the 1980s. Neena Gupta braved society and their tongues to become one of the first celebrities to have a love child. Neena was in a relationship with former West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards who was married to another woman. She went ahead and had his child who we know today as Masaba Gupta, the vivacious and quirky fashion designer.

Neena Gupta is not only inspirational because she went against the world to have her child and decide to be a single mother to her. Neena's career graph is more inspirational. I would always remember her as Priya from 'Saans', a show that she wrote and directed. What a beautiful show that was! None of today's soaps would hold a candle to it. As she aged, she did not find any good roles coming her way. As an alumni from NSD, she wanted to continue acting. That's when she put out a tweet asking for acting jobs. In today's world where everyone cares only for their reputation and walks around with a facade, here was an actress asking for jobs she could take up. She earned my total respect that day.

That tweet may or may not have been responsible for her getting the role of Priyamvada in 'Badhaai Ho', where she plays a middle-aged woman with grown up children, expecting her third child. She played that role with utmost perfection, with the right amount of emotion. She surely deserves all the awards that have been coming her way.

Neena Gupta is an inspiration in more ways than one. She's a strong, independent woman who has raised another strong, independent woman. We need more brave women like her.

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I'm participating in the April A to Z Challenge for 2019 and my theme is Wonder Women.

10 comments:

  1. I love Neena Gupta! Her shows were a fab back in the 90’s! Sans was good

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  2. Oh yes, Neena is truly inspirational. What she did years ago was bold and unconventional and unheard of at that time. I love her acting and yes, Saans was a cult TV show. I read that she is re-launching it. Looking forward to watch it again.

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    1. She is? I cannot wait to watch it then! I love that show.

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  3. I love Neena Gupta. She did go through hell in personal life and it was not easy for her or Masaba to live in their circumstances. I remember how candid she was in one interview where she admitted that she made a mistake by having a child out of wedlock and would not wish any other woman would go down the same path. I loved Saans and her other work including Badhaai Ho.

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    1. She speaks her mind and has the right emotional quotient. That's what I like.

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  4. she is an amazing lady. i LOVED her as PRIYA IN saans and her trademark bindi. A demure housewife ( but has her own views) in Badhai ho.
    In her interview she had said that she would trade her place to an ordinary housewife living an ordinary life.

    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2019/04/nails-parts-of-body_15.html

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  5. Absolutely we do. That was always my goal in raising my daughter.

    I had a child "out of wedlock" but in Canada, 20 years ago, it wasn't really a big deal. Both my own kids weren't married when they had their kids either and nobody batted an eye,ha ha. It's interesting how the times change.

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    1. You are my hero, Lael <3

      That's so nice, as long as you are an adult and the choice is yours, it shouldn't matter. But, India is a land where we have more stigmas and taboos than people.

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