Neena Gupta at Nishka Lulla and Masaba's designs preview at Oakwood Premier
|Born||June 4, 1959|
|Education||Delhi University, National School of Drama|
|Occupation||Actress, television director|
Neena Gupta (born 4 June 1959) is an Indian actress and television director. Known for her work in both art-house and commercial films, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a young widow in Woh Chokri (1994). In 2018, she gained wide recognition for starring as a middle-aged pregnant woman in the comedy-drama Badhaai Ho, for which she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Early life and education
Neena Gupta was born in Delhi to R.N.Gupta and attended the Lawrence School, Sanawar. Gupta did her Master's Degree and M.Phil. in Sanskrit, and is a 1980 alumnus of National School of Drama, New Delhi.
Gupta has made appearances in several international films, such as Gandhi (1982), in which she played the niece of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Merchant Ivory films The Deceivers (1988), Mirza Ghalib(1989) In Custody (1993), and Cotton Mary (1999).
Her appearance in Hindi movies was especially noted in the satirical movie, "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro" in which she played the role of a secretary to "Pankaj Kapoor". She also starred along with Madhuri Dixit in Khalnayak (1993); she was featured in the popular song "Choli ke peeche" in the movie. She has made the telefilms Lajwanti and Bazar Sitaram (1993), which won the 1993 National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film.
In the recent times she was widely recognized for her portrayal in Badhaai Ho. And she also won numerous awards. She has acted as mother for stars like Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Ayushmann Khurrana and others.
In 2019 Power Brands honored her with “Best Supporting Actor - Female” at BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards) for the film Badhaai Ho
Her big break on television came with Khandaan (1985), Yatra (1986), Gulzar's Mirza Ghalib (1987), a TV miniseries, followed by Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) and later Dard (1994 DD Metro), Gumraah (1995 DD Metro), Shrimaan Shrimati (1995 DD Metro), Saans (Star Plus), Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar (2005), Chitthi (2003), Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2004).She also acted in one of the famous TV serial Buniyaad.
She has directed successful TV series, such as Saans (1999), Siski in (2000) and Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr. She played the role of Shubha, one of the four women main leads in Ladies Special, a daily soap on Sony TV. She is now seen in Dil se Diya Vachan as Doctor by profession & mother-in-law of the lead character Nandani aired on Zee TV from Monday to Friday at 7pm.
She also ran a theater production company, 'Sahaj Productions' with actor, Rajendra Gupta, and acted and produced Hindi play Soorya Ki Antim Kiran Se Soorya Ki Paheli Kiran Tak.
She has also had some roles in Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV during 1999-2000.
She was in a relationship with former West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards in the 1980s, with whom she has a daughter, Masaba Gupta, a designer. Neena raised her as a single-mother in India, which came with financial and societal hardships. But Gupta found a live-in father figure in her maternal grandfather who moved from Old Delhi to Mumbai. Gupta's father Viv Richards finally got in touch with her when she turned 20. Gupta has stated that her attendance at a school which attracted many children of celebrities from dysfunctional families helped soften the stigma of being raised by a single mother. On 15 July 2008, Neena married New Delhi-based Vivek Mehra, a chartered accountant and Partner with PwC India in a secret ceremony in the United States.
She has often made media interventions on behalf of her daughter Masaba Gupta at times when Indian social media detractors have accused her of being "an illegitimate West Indian." (Gupta never married her daughter Masaba's father, Sir Viv Richards, a West-Indian cricket legend because he was already married to another woman).
|1982||Aadat Se Majboor|
|1983||Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron||as Priya|
|1988||The Deceivers||as Gopal's Wife|
|1991||Vasthuhara||as Damayanthi||Malayalam film|
|1992||Zulm Ki Hukumat||as Yeshwant's wife|
|1992||The Seventh Horse of the Sun||Satti|
|1992||Yalgaar||as Kaushalya Kumar|
|1992||Kal Ki Awaz||Mrs. Fahmida Nooruddin Ahmed|
|1993||Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda|
|1993||Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee||as Street Singer||(in song "Shayarana Si Hai Zindagi")|
|1993||Bhagavad Gita (film)||as Drupadi||National Film Award for Best Feature Film|
|1993||Aankhen||Chief minister's wife||(uncredited)|
|1994||Woh Chokri||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1994||Eena Meena Deeka|
|1994||Sone Ki Sita|
|1994||Anth||Mrs. Vikas Saxena|
|1994||In Custody||as Sarla|
|1995||Dushmani: A Violent Love Story|
|1997||Uff! Yeh Mohabbat||as Billo|
|1997||Jeeo Shaan Se|
|1999||Cotton Mary||Blossom (Mary's sister)|
|2002||Raat Ke Saudagar|
|2004||Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin||as Savitri|
|2009||Teree Sang||as Paaki M. Puri|
|2009||The White Elephant|
|2010||Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke||Mrs. S. Tripathi|
|2010||Chhevan Dariya (The Sixth River)||Gurjeet Kaur|
|2012||Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai||as Mymmyji|
|2015||Alone||as Sanjana's Mother|
|2018||Veere Di Wedding||Mrs. Sharma|
|2018||Badhaai Ho||Priyamvada Kaushik||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress|
Nominated –Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- Khandaan (1985) TV series
- Drishti (1990)
- Yatra (1986) TV series
- Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) TV series
- Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (TV series) (1988)
- Daddy (1989) (TV film)
- Muhafiz (1993) (TV series)
- Junoon (1994) (TV series)
- Saans (TV series) (1999) (Actor & Director)
- Siski (TV series) (2000)
- Daane Anaar Ke (TV series) (2002)
- Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr (TV series) (2004)
- Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (TV series) (2004)
- Saat Phere (TV Series) (2005)
- Ladies Special (TV Series) (2009)
- Dil Se Diya Vachan (TV series) (2010–2011)
- Khujli (2017) Short Film
- Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain (Web series) (2018) (Writer)
- Made in Heaven (TV Series) (2019)
Awards and nominations
|1993||Bazaar Sitaram||National Film Awards||Best First Non-Feature Film||Won|||
|1994||Woh Chokri||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|2019||Badhaai Ho||Star Screen Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|||
|Lions Gold Awards||Best Actor In Comic Role (Female)||Won|||
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Extraordinary couple of the year (shared with Gajraj Rao)||Won|||
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|News18 Reel Movie Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
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- Neena Gupta opens up... TANVI TRIVEDI, TNN, The Times of India, 22 November 2008.
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