Neena Gupta opens on Shabana Azmi, Deepti Naval, Smital Patil being ‘seen as the face of art-house cinema’

Neena Gupta revealed featuring Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Deepti Naval as a face of art-house cinema, says ‘we got nothing’

Actor Neena Gupta has indicated that it was ‘always’ actors Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Deepti Naval ‘who were recognized as the face of art-house cinema’. She said that movie directors like Govind Nihalani and Shyam Benegal never saw her ‘as a commercially viable actor’.

Talking to Outlook India, ‘Badhai Ho’ actress said, “See, it was always, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Deepti Naval who were seen as the face of art-house cinema, and even though Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani knew me, but they never saw me as a commercially viable actor.”

Neena further added, “I didn’t know how to conduct myself in the industry. I thought everyone was a friend. Nobody is your friend. They are doing their job and you have to do yours. I couldn’t learn how to talk to people. I was hesitant to persuade people constantly thinking it would push them away more and they’ll end up not talking to me. I was very shy and didn’t know the rules of the business. So, I made plenty of mistakes, and have been made a fool of because I didn’t know any better, I am a ‘ghusudu’. You should know when to exit.”

Neena Gupta newly launched her autobiography Sach Kahun Toh and provided fans a close look at her life. The actor, who was a single mother to daughter Masaba Gupta, opened up about her first marriage, talked about her struggle in the film industry.

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