Actress Neena Gupta has made some of the most stirring revelations from her personal life in the recently released autobiography - 'Sach Kahun Toh'. Published by Penguin Random House India, the book was written by Neena last year during the lockdown.
Now, the actress - without sharing the name - revealed that a ‘big’ filmmaker once made a crass comment about her after she refused to perform sexual favours. Neena shared that he made the comment in front of other people, including actors, leaving her fuming.
The Badhaai ho actress said that she wanted to name and shame the director, but her friends advised her against it. Neena Gupta also added that she did not name him in her book as the publishers warned her of legal consequences if she did so.
In an interaction with Sonali Bendre, Neena clarified that she kept mum earlier because she was just a ‘struggling actor’, and people would only find fault with her if she spoke against more ‘popular’ people.
“This film director told me in front of everybody, ‘Cheezon ko istemaal nahi karo toh zung lag jaata hai (If you don’t use things, they begin to rust)’, because I was not sleeping with him. I kind of refused indirectly. He said it in front of everybody, all the actors and everybody,” Neena Gupta said.
Recalling the director’s comments, Neena felt furious and said, “I was very angry. I came back and told my friends, ‘I want to tell the press that this is what he said to me.’ And my friends said, ‘Who will listen to you? He is a big name. Nobody will listen to you. What’s the point? Tumhari badnaami hogi (Your name will only be besmirched).’ Phir bhi (Even then), I told somebody and then he said some very nasty things about me. Then, my friends said, ‘See, this is what is going to happen. It will become very dirty. So, just keep quiet. When your time comes, you say.’ This is my time so I am saying it.”
In Sach Kahun Toh, Neena Gupta recounts her personal and professional journey from her childhood days, through her time at the National School of Drama, to moving to Bombay and dealing with the struggles to find work in the industry. In the book, she also talks about the casting couch, film industry politics, her unconventional pregnancy and single parenthood, and battling stereotypes then and now and more.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Neena Gupta has starred in several critically acclaimed films in the 80s. She recently found her fame again with Ayushmann Khurrana's Badhaai Ho (2018).
She was last seen in Sardar Ka Grandson which also starred Arjun Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rakul Preet Singh and John Abraham. She will be next seen in 'Goodbye' wherein, she will be seen essaying the role of Amitabh Bachchan's wife in the film and this is the first time she will be seen opposite him.