Neena Gupta (Source: Instagram | @neena_gupta)
Neena Gupta (Source: Instagram | @neena_gupta)

The name Neena Gupta is a name to reckon with in Bollywood. The actress has starred in innumerable films and every time she stars on the celluloid, she leaves a mark behind. Such is her aura and acting chops. While she won our hearts last year with her honest performance in Badhaai Ho, she has an array of films in her kitty. But before we talk about that we are also a huge fan of her Instagram feed. It is raw, organic and every bit genuine. We questioned her about it and she was honest enough to say that she handles it with a little help from her daughter Masaba Gupta‘s PR.

Neena Gupta said:

Aree mereko toh aati hi nahin hai. Main itni galtiyaan karte rehti hoon. There is a girl who handles Masaba’s PR, I send it to her, phir woh theek karti hai.

She added that before Instagram, she had a media image that was not her.

Uss din koi mujhe daant raha tha ki zyaada smart banne ki aur itna post karne ki zaroorat nahin hai. Main soch rahi thi, the reason for that is because all these years of not being able to tell people who you are, being misunderstood and have a media image which is not you, somewhere it is my frustration to tell people who I really am. I have been made into so many things and kinds. Kuch bhi kisi ne bhi likha toh woh ek image bann gayi. Log sochte hai ki pata nahin main kaisi honge. Main saara time sex hi karti honge jawani main because I was with Vivian Alexander Richards that kind of image.

She also added that she is using the platform to change the perception the media has created.

Main tang aa gayi thi. Mujhe lagta tha ki main kaise kahoon logon se ki main aisi nahin, aisi hoon. Phir maine chodd diya. Achanak jab maine gusse main post kiya that ki I want work, uske baad mujhe laga ki this is a platform where I can say. Chalo chaar log dekhenge but atleast unka mind toh badlega. So, I think it is a very important thing for me to honestly speak about things that I really feel and to change the perception about me that the media has created.

Apart from being active on Instagram and busy with films like Panga, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Sooryavanshi the actress is also busy hosting a podcast on Amazon’s Audible.

Divulging details about her show, Ae Dil Hai Complicated, she said,

All the stories on the show are real and will be read out by the people who have experienced it. After reading the story out for 10 minutes, I would be discussing the story with the reader and question him or her about it.

We cannot wait for the films to release and while we wait for it, keep those pictures and posts coming, Neenaji!