How Neena Gupta felt she ‘lost respect’ as a housewife, decided to go back to work: ‘I put that post up and Badhaai Ho happened’

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An Instagram post asking for “good roles to play” marked the beginning of Neena Gupta’s second entry as an actress. From being called the artistic actress once to becoming a bankable artist recently, Neena Gupta is experiencing fame like never before. But what made her take the leap of faith and post a photo of herself applying for a job? In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Neena Gupta opened up about the viral post from 2017 and what made her take the social media route to get back to work and re-enter the film industry.

Neena said that she was taking a break from work to enjoy her married life. “I got married and thought: ‘Let me enjoy married life.’ Before, she worked 24/7, and I didn’t have time to have fun, go to a beauty salon, watch a movie or meet people. So I thought, ‘Chalo maine ab bohot kaam karliya hai (I have done enough work). Now, I have found a good guy. Now I will enjoy my life and relax,’” Neena said.

However, this period was short-lived as the actress felt that she was losing respect as a housewife. “But what happened was that I realized that main jinke liye ye sab kar rahi hun (the people I did everything for), they had no time for me. People were always busy with their things. Then I realized that it’s wrong and that I have to work because it’s the most important thing in everyone’s life. I realized that I needed to work. So, I put up that post. And Badhai Ho happened. And I came back,” he said. She added that while she “enjoyed” and “would have loved to be her” housewife, she felt she was losing respect.

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“I realized that I was taken for granted (as a housewife). Since I was available all the time, I lost a bit of respect,” she expressed.

Speaking about her second entry as an actress, Neena Gupta said that while the opportunities are better, they are still not as good as what her male counterparts get/offer. “Yes, the opportunities are much better. Not as good as the men but much better than before. Now, they are no longer writing the roles of women as mothers who would say: ‘khana khaale beta‘ either ‘Raat ko mat jao bahar.’ It’s much more than that, which is very good,” said the actor, who is looking forward to the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s Panchayat.

Describing herself as Neena Gupta part 2, the actress said she is very happy and fulfilled as an artist “but still hungry for more good work.” “I’m enjoying this phase,” she concluded.

On the work front, in addition to Panchayat 2, Neena Gupta has Masaba Masaba 2. She will also be seen in Vikas Bahl’s Goodbye. In the film, she will share screen space with Amitabh Bachchan.





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