Shilpi Madan, AUG 04 2019, 01:00 ISTUPDATED: AUG 04 2019, 01:00 IST Iwant to play the heroine, the main lead in a movie that is based around me,” says actress Neena Gupta with her signature candour as we settle into a chat. “This is what I want to do next. What difference does my age make?” she says. Agreed. Neena Gupta is a stellar actress, having made her mark in television serials including the iconic Buniyaad, Saans, and Ladies Special…and recently in the sleeper hit in the rather unconventional Badhaai Ho , where she carried off the role of a middle-aged pregnant mother with elan. 

Neena Gupta is simply incomparable, and adorable. It took her Instagram post two years back to shake herself out of her self-imposed complacency. She posted that she was a good actor looking for good parts to act in. “Earlier I used to think that my work will do the talking for me. People will approach me to sign on roles. That does not happen. You have to go out, meet filmmakers, directors, producers…get an agent, invest time in your own image…and ask for work. There is no shame in asking for work when you know you are good at your work,” she says honestly.

Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald

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