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Neena Gupta, the veteran actress, has been living her second innings in style. The unapologetic yet talented diva was never afraid of making bold choices. However, she always said that her life felt incomplete without a suitable man, and finally, at the age of 49, she married a Delhi-based chartered accountant, Vivek Mehra.
Though Neena has bagged many note-worthy films in her career, the 63-year-old actress’s personal life has always grabbed the eyeballs. At the age of 30, she had given birth to a child, Masaba Gupta, even after being unmarried. Hence, the news of her motherhood made it to the tabloids and led to indecent stories. Later, a daily got access to Masaba’s birth certificate and revealed that her father is a married man and West Indies cricketer, Vivian Richards. In a recent interview with Brut India, Neena said that she is not a rebel for choosing to raise her daughter single-handedly. She said:
“I am not a rebel. I am a chooha (mouse). I am not unconventional. I am the most conventional person right now. Just because I had a baby out of wedlock, which millions of women have in India and out… But the media made me into, ‘Ah brave’. After my death the headline will come, ‘Neena Gupta who lived life on her own terms passes away’. I did not.”
Recalling the year when Masaba was born, Neena said that she had good and bad experiences. While she was enjoying the feeling of motherhood, she was also at the receiving end of stereotypical comments. Mentioning how the media had made her life miserable, she stated:
“It was very strange because there was so much happiness and so much unhappiness. I was so happy to have Masaba And then this whole media and everybody, they made my life miserable.”
In the same conversation, the actress mentioned that media had made her life worst at that time. As a result, she chose to stay behind closed doors and avoid public interaction. Neena also added that she had convinced herself that not all people are good in this world, so she talked with only those who supported her unconditionally in her choices. She stated:
“I used to stay at home, not go out and enjoy my child and kind of had put curtains in front of my eyes. Telling myself that the bad people, they don’t exist. Whoever is good, I will enjoy them.”
Neena Gupta gave her daughter, Masaba her own surname. The little princess grew up into a beautiful young lady whom we now know as one of India’s best fashion designers. Until the age of 18, she had a soured relationship with her father, Vivian. However, after turning an adult, she formed a sweet bond with her daddy, and they often met each other on special occasions.
On the professional front, Neena Gupta was last seen in the film, Uunchai opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and Anupam Kher.