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.
Neena Gupta at Nishka Lulla and Masaba's designs preview at Oakwood Premier
|Born||4 July 1959|
|Education||Delhi University, National School of Drama|
Vivek Mehra (m. 2008)
Early life and educationEdit
Neena Gupta was born in Delhi to R.N.Gupta and attended the Lawrence School, Sanawar. Gupta did her Master's Degree and M.Phil. in Sanskrit, and is a 1980 alumnus of National School of Drama, New Delhi.
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.
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 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.
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. 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. 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.
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." (Gupta never married daughter Masaba's father, Sir Viv Richards, a West-Indian cricket legend because he was already married to another woman).
|1982||Aadat Se Majboor|
|1983||Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron||as Priya|
|1988||The Deceivers||as Gopal's Wife|
|1991||Vasthuhara||as Damayanthi, Malayalam film|
|1992||Zulm Ki Hukumat||as Yeshwant's wife|
|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||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||Eena Meena Deeka|
|1994||Sone Ki Sita|
|1994||Anth||as Mrs. Vikas Saxena|
|1994||In Custody||as Sarla|
|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|
|2009||Teree Sang||as Paaki M. Puri|
|2009||The White Elephant|
|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|
|2015||Alone||as Sanjana's Mother|
|2015||The Threshold||as Rinku|
|2018||Veere Di Wedding||as Mrs. Sharma|
|2018||Badhaai Ho||as Priyamvada Kaushik|
- Khandaan (1985) TV series
- Drishti (1990)
- Yatra (1986) TV series
- Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) TV series
- Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (TV series) (1988)
- Daddy (1989) (TV film)
- Muhafiz (1993) (TV series)
- Junoon (1994) (TV series)
- Saans (TV series) (1999) (Actor & Director)
- Siski (TV series) (2000)
- Daane Anaar Ke (TV series) (2002)
- Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr (TV series) (2004)
- Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (TV series) (2004)
- Saat Phere (TV Series) (2005)
- Ladies Special (TV Series) (2009)
- Dil Se Diya Vachan (TV series) (2010–2011)
- Khujli (2017) Short Film
- Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain (Web series) (2018) (Writer)
|1993||National Film Awards||Best First Non-Feature Film||Bazaar Sitaram|||
|1994||Best Supporting Actress||Woh Chokri|||
|2018||Star Screen Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Badhaai Ho|||
|2019||Lions Gold Awards||Best Actor In Comic Role (Female)|||
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- "Older actresses hardly have any role: Neena Gupta". News 18 (IANS). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
the 59-year-old Neena
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- DNA newspaper
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