In a recent interview, actor Neena Gupta revealed that filmmaker Shyam Benegal never gave her a major role in his films. Neena has featured in three films by Shyam Benegal–Mandi (1983), Trikal (1985), and Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992). Neena said that during the 1980s and 1990s, it was difficult to get ‘main roles’, be it in commercial or parallel cinema. Neena also added that filmmakers wanted to cast a “saleable face” and the lead roles featured actors like Shabana Azmi, and Smita Patil. Neena also said that she does not pick any typical “mother roles” and that it is good that people are looking at women in different spaces. Neena has featured in many films and television serials in the last few decades and she was last seen in the recently released film, Ajayan Venugopalan’s Shiv Shastri Balboa. She also has Anurag Basu’s Metro In Dino in the pipeline.
Today: November 30, 2023