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.