Thinking about the past would make me bitter: Neena Gupta – Times of India


Acclaimed actress and television director Neena Gupta, known to have portrayed several memorable characters, doesn’t like to think a lot about the past because if she starts doing so, she will “become bitter”.

“Thinking about my past gives me too much grief. I want to be blind for that past. I want to think ahead,” the 62-year-old said while in conversation with Vinita Nangia, renowned Delhi-based author, columnist, and the Executive Editor ETimes at the Times Literature Festival 2021.

Gupta, who recently released her autobiography ‘Sach Kahun Toh’, mentioned that she started writing it a few times earlier as well but it never took any concrete shape. However, it was the pandemic that served as the perfect time for her to pen it down.

“During the pandemic, I was in my Mukteshwar house for around six months. I had time to think about my life, what I have done, what I want to do, and suddenly I started to write,” she said.

When Vinita stressed the fact that Neena has always had a “rebellious streak”, the former replied, “I don’t use the word ‘rebel’ for me generally. I don’t think I have ever rebelled. I go with the flow and I actually go with logic.”

She went on to add, “I have done these rebellious things because of the circumstances I was in. It was not in my hands to do things which I wanted to do.”

Furthermore, Gupta also revealed that she is grateful for the little things that she has got.

“I try to remain happy, I try to accept what is given to me, and make the most of it and not keep crying and cribbing that God has not given me this or that,” she said.

Talking about the relationship between her parents, Gupta said that her mother killed herself hiding the fact that her husband had another family. And this is another reason for her to write the autobiography at a time when her parents, brother, and sister-in-law are no more as she didn’t want to “insult” them while they were alive.

Masaba, Gupta’s daughter has taught her many things, including how to use social media and most importantly, how to be non-judgmental about people. To this, Vinita responded by mentioning that parents have changed a lot over the years.

“I think earlier parents never stepped off the pedestal to become friends. And today parents become friends,” she said.

The discussion ended with Gupta talking about what gives meaning to her life. Her work gives her immense satisfaction and happiness. Even if she does one good scene in an entire month, that’s all she wants to stay happy and content, she stated.

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