Neena Gupta was hailed as a strong woman by the media during her early stint in the industry. But somewhere inside her, she was quite vunerable as a person. She had her daughter Masaba after her brief relationship with former West Indies cricketing icon Vivian Richards in the eighties. She never married him and went on to raise her daughter as a single mother. Later, at the age of 50, she found love again and married Vivek Mehra, a New Delhi-based chartered accountant, on July 15, 2008. But it was only last year because of the Covid-19 lockdown that Neena and Vivek lived together as husband and wife for the first time.
Neena lives in Mumbai while Vivek in Delhi. So it was quite a learning experience for the couple to know more about each other. The actress said that she used to communicate with Vivek in sign language since he was always busy with work calls. And the most important lesson that Neena has learnt as a wife during this time, is to have a life of her own.
"Initially, I used to crib, ‘Arre, we are together, but I hardly see you. You are always on the phone, I can’t talk to you.’ But now he says, ‘Arre, you are so busy! You are always on a call.’ And I am very happy like that, so I have learnt that I have to be busy myself. I read or do whatever. I cannot depend on him for my happiness or time to share. I call up my girlfriends and I talk to them. This first lockdown has changed a lot for me,” Neena told Film Companion.
Neena will be next seen in her upcoming film Sardar Ka Grandson which is all set to release on May 18 on Netflix. The family drama also stars Arjun Kapoor, Rakulpreet Singh, Kanwaljit Singh, John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kumud Mishra. She will also feature in Vikas Bahl's directorial Goodbye and share the screen with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time as his onscreen wife. The movie also features south sensation Rashmika Mandanna.
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