Neena Gupta: Actress Neena Gupta, who is now wed to Delhi-based Vivek Mehra, recalls how her previous marriage and divorce taught her not to get bitter in life.
Neena Gupta, an actress, has always been open about her interesting professional and personal decisions. The actress got married for the first time when she was just 20 years old. She is happy that even though her previous marriage didn’t last long, it did end peacefully.
How Neena met Vivek Mehra
The 63-year-old actor initially met her spouse while performing in Delhi theatre. Neena discussed about her wedding during an interview. She said, “I think I was 20 years old or something. So I was doing a play with this guy, again in some college. He was from IIT and I went from my college to do a play and we met and we fell in love and then we got married. It didn’t work.”
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She also said, “They (parents) didn’t want me to get married so young. Somewhere I look for logic. Bahar jana hai boyfriend ka saath to shaadi ke bina nahi jana. To iska kya logic hai mujhe samajh nahi aaya. Jo cheez aap chahtein hai ki main na karun, wo to main Delhi main baith kar bhi kar sakti hun. Our marriage was very secretive because he was Bengali and I was Punjabi. He didn’t tell his parents, so not many people knew about it. We did an Arya Samaj wedding with just three of his friends and three members from my family. His grandfather used to stay diagonally opposite to our house and he went to his house and I came to my house. It was a very different kind of thing and not many people knew about it.”
The performer, who eventually settled in Mumbai and became well-known in the film industry, is grateful that her first partner was a decent man. She recalls the day they went to court to finalise their divorce.
Neena Gupta stated, “His grandfather was a lawyer and we were in the court, waiting for our turn and there were many people sitting in the divorce enclosure. So, he asked me ‘coke piyegi?’ and I said ‘haan coke le aana‘, so there was a couple sitting next to us and they were very surprised that divorce lene aaya hai and he is so sweet. So, what I learnt from it is that one should not be bitter. If you love somebody once, how can you suddenly be angry at them? You cannot suddenly hate.”
Neena added further, “We didn’t meet each other. I met him after 20-30 years somewhere out of Bombay and we were so sweet and we talked my parents, his daughter. Bitter hona, gandi baat kehna, I have learnt that Thank God my first boyfriend was a decent guy.”
Neena dated Vivain Richards
Later, Neena dated former West Indies cricketer Vivain Richards, the two are parents to Masaba. Neena never wed Viv, but she later wed Vivek and now lives a happy life.
Neena shared her thoughts, “I don’t think there is anything called love between a man and a woman. I think it starts with lust and then if you get along, you get affectionate towards each other, then it becomes a habit. The only love that I have felt is for Masaba. I don’t know, other people might have felt but mujhe nahi samajh aata. Everything is lust in the beginning and then it can take direction and you can get married or not married or you go with somebody else. It’s only with a child that I feel I can do anything. For my husband I can do a lot but I will not do anything for him like I do for Masaba.”
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Neena Gupta Workfront
Recently, Neena was seen in the Sooraj Barjatya-helmed film Uunchai, which also starred Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Danny Dengzongpa, and Parineeti Chopra.
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