Neena Gupta has always been known for being brutally honest and living life on her own terms. The actress broke societal stereotypes when she decided to raise her daughter Masaba Gupta alone out of wedlock. Her relationship with former West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards and father of Masaba was the talk-of-the-town in her young days. Now, the actress has turned author with her recently launched her autobiography titled Sach Kahun Toh, in which she has shared some of her most difficult life experiences.
Besides personal experiences, the veteran actress has also chronicled her journey in the in the industry and features some of the most embarrassing incidents from her acting career. One such incident is where the actress shared how during the shooting of the hit song Choli Ke Peeche from Khal Nayak, she felt extremely embarrassed when director Subhash Ghai demanded her to wear a padded bra.
In an excerpt from Neena’s book, the actress had written that she found the song very catchy when she first heard it. She had written, “But when Subhash Ghai told me what my role would be, I wasn’t so keen anymore. I liked the fact that my part was sung by my friend Ila Arun, with whom I had acted in many films. But I couldn’t do it. They put me in a tribal Gujarati outfit and sent me to Subhash Ghai for approval. ‘No! No! No! No!’ he shouted. ‘Kuch bharo.’ I was so embarrassed. In my opinion, he was referring to my choli and stating that it needed to be filled. It wasn’t anything personal, I knew. He had visualised something . . . bigger for the rendition. I didn’t shoot that day. But the next day I was presented to him in a different outfit, with a bra that was heavily padded, and he seemed satisfied. Subhash Ghai was very particular about what he wanted, which was why he was such a good director.”
Khal Nayak’s Choli Ke Peeche song became an instant hit and the film was a blockbuster at the box office. Helmed by Ghai, it starred Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff in the lead roles. Neena played a supporting part in the film.