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Neena Gupta (born 4 July 1959) is a popular actress in Indian commercial cinema and television director, but it is her work with art filmmakers of India like G. Aravindan and Shyam Benegal that got her recognition as an actress of considerable repute. Gupta won the 1994 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Woh Chokri. She made a guest appearance in the TV Series; Shrimaan Shrimati. She also hosted the Indian version of the television quiz show The Weakest Link, known as Kamzor Kadii Kaun.[3]

Neena Gupta
Neena Gupta at Nishka Lulla and Masaba's designs preview at Oakwood Premier
Neena Gupta at Nishka Lulla and Masaba's designs preview at Oakwood Premier
Born (1959-07-04) 4 July 1959 (age 59)[1][2]
EducationDelhi University, National School of Drama
OccupationActress, Director
Years active1982–present
Vivek Mehra (m. 2008)
ChildrenMasaba Gupta


Early life and educationEdit

Neena Gupta was born in Delhi to R.N.Gupta and attended the Lawrence School, Sanawar.[4] Gupta did her Master's Degree and M.Phil. in Sanskrit, and is a 1980 alumnus of National School of Drama, New Delhi.


Movie careerEdit

Gupta has made appearances in several international films, such as Gandhi (1982), in which she played the niece of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Merchant Ivory films The Deceivers (1988), Mirza Ghalib(1989) In Custody (1993), and Cotton Mary (1999).

Her appearance in Hindi movies was especially noted in the satirical movie, "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro" in which she played the role of a secretary to "Pankaj Kapoor". She also starred along with Madhuri Dixit in Khalnayak (1993); she was featured in the popular song "Choli ke peeche" in the movie. She has made the telefilms Lajwanti and Bazar Sitaram (1993), which won the 1993 National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film.

In the recent times she was widely recognized for her portrayal in Badhaai Ho. And she also won numerous awards. She has acted as mother for stars like Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Ayushmann Khurrana and others.

Television careerEdit

Her big break on television came with Khandaan (1985), Yatra (1986), Gulzar's Mirza Ghalib (1987), a TV miniseries, followed by Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) and later Dard (1994 DD Metro), Gumraah (1995 DD Metro), Shrimaan Shrimati (1995 DD Metro), Saans (Star Plus), Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar (2005), Chitthi (2003), Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2004).She also acted in one of the famous TV serial Buniyaad.

She also hosted the Indian version of the TV series The Weakest Link, Kamzor Kadii Kaun (Star Plus), and appeared in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (Sony TV), which gave her considerable popularity.

She has directed successful TV series, such as Saans (1999), Siski in (2000) and Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr. She played the role of Shubha, one of the four women main leads in Ladies Special, a daily soap on Sony TV. She is now seen in Dil se Diya Vachan as Doctor by profession & mother-in-law of the lead character Nandani aired on Zee TV from Monday to Friday at 7pm.

She also ran a theater production company, 'Sahaj Productions' with actor, Rajendra Gupta, and acted and produced Hindi play Soorya Ki Antim Kiran Se Soorya Ki Paheli Kiran Tak.

She has also had some roles in Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV during 1999-2000.

Personal lifeEdit

She was in a relationship with former West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards in the 1980s, with whom she has a daughter, Masaba Gupta, a designer.[5] Neena raised her as a single-mother in India, which came with financial and societal hardships. But Gupta found a live-in father figure in her maternal grandfather who moved from Old Delhi to Mumbai. Gupta's father Viv Richards finally got in touch with her when she turned 20. Gupta has stated that her attendance at a school which attracted many children of celebrities from dysfunctional families helped soften the stigma of being raised by a single mother.[6] On 15 July 2008, Neena married New Delhi-based Vivek Mehra, a chartered accountant and Partner with PwC India in a secret ceremony in the United States.[7][8][9]

She has often made media interventions on behalf of her daughter Masaba Gupta at times when Indian social media detractors have accused her of being "an illegitimate West Indian."[10] (Gupta never married daughter Masaba's father, Sir Viv Richards, a West-Indian cricket legend because he was already married to another woman).[11]


Year Film Notes
1982 Saath Saath
1982 Aadat Se Majboor
1982 Gandhi as Abha
1982 Yeh Nazdeekiyan
1982 Jaipur Junction
1982 Aadharshila
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron as Priya
1983 Mandi as Vasanti
1984 Utsav as Madanika
1984 Laila as Salma
1985 Agnidaah as Sunita
1985 Trikaal as Milagrenia
1987 Taniya
1987 Susman as Mandira
1988 Rihaee as Sukhi
1988 The Deceivers as Gopal's Wife
1989 Batwara
1990 Kaarnama as Vyjayanti
1990 Swarg as Naina
1990 Drishti as Revati
1991 Vasthuhara as Damayanthi, Malayalam film
1991 Aadhi Mimansa
1992 Aham Malayalam film
1992 Zulm Ki Hukumat as Yeshwant's wife
1992 Balwaan
1992 The Seventh Horse of the Sun Satti
1992 Yalgaar as Kaushalya Kumar
1992 Angaar Majid's Wife (uncredited)
1992 Kal Ki Awaz as Mrs. Fahmida Nooruddin Ahmed
1993 Khalnayak as Champa Didi
1993 Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda
1993 Veerta as Uma
1993 Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee as Street Singer (in song "Shayarana Si Hai Zindagi")
1993 Bhagavad Gita (film) as Drupadi
National Film Award for Best Feature Film
1993 Aankhen as Chief minister's wife (uncredited)
1994 Woh Chokri
1994 Jazbaat
1994 Eena Meena Deeka
1994 Sone Ki Sita
1994 Anth as Mrs. Vikas Saxena
1994 In Custody as Sarla
1995 Nazar
1995 Dushmani: A Violent Love Story
1997 Uff! Yeh Mohabbat as Billo
1997 Jeeo Shaan Se
1999 Cotton Mary as Blossom (Mary's sister)
2002 Raat Ke Saudagar
2004 Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin as Savitri
2005 Nazar as Jogan
2009 Teree Sang as Paaki M. Puri
2009 The White Elephant
2010 Veer as Mangla
2010 Hello Zindagi
2010 Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke as Mrs. S. Tripathi
2010 Chhevan Dariya (The Sixth River) as Gurjeet Kaur
2012 Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai as Mymmyji
2013 Issaq as Amma
2015 Alone as Sanjana's Mother
2015 The Threshold as Rinku
2018 Veere Di Wedding as Mrs. Sharma
2018 Mulk as Tabassum
2018 Badhaai Ho as Priyamvada Kaushik



Year Award Category Film Reference
1993 National Film Awards Best First Non-Feature Film Bazaar Sitaram [12]
1994 Best Supporting Actress Woh Chokri [13]
2018 Star Screen Awards Best Actress (Critics) Badhaai Ho [14]
2019 Lions Gold Awards Best Actor In Comic Role (Female) [15]


  1. ^ "नीना गुप्ता : सुर्खियों में रहा प्रेम प्रसंग" [Neena Gupta: I love life in the spotlight]. (in Hindi). 4 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Older actresses hardly have any role: Neena Gupta". News 18 (IANS). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2016. the 59-year-old Neena
  3. ^ Bold and dutiful MALA KUMAR, The Hindu, 16 December 2005.
  4. ^ Nisheeth Sharan’s "Grillopollis" hosts Sanawar’s reunion over its first preview dated 23 October 2010 at, accessed 11 March 2012
  5. ^ Tribune
  6. ^ "Neena Gupta: I want to tell all women that if you want to live in India and in society, you have to marry – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  7. ^ DNA newspaper
  8. ^ Neena Gupta thrilled with marriage, but says "Masaba is priority", IANS, 29 July 2008.
  9. ^ Neena Gupta opens up... TANVI TRIVEDI, TNN, The Times of India, 22 November 2008.
  10. ^ Desk, Entertainment (2017-10-13). "Neena Gupta On Masaba Mantena's Open Letter : I'm Very Happy With Her Response And Liked The Way She Wrote It". Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  11. ^ "Neena Gupta: I want to tell all women that if you want to live in India and in society, you have to marry - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  12. ^ "41st National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  13. ^ "41st National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2018 | Winners". Hindustan Times.
  15. ^ "Lions Gold Awards 2019 | Winners List". Times Now.

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