Neena Gupta says Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Deepti Naval got the lead roles in art-house cinema, reveals nobody 'saw me as a commercially viable actor'


Neena Gupta has penned down her life experiences in her autobiography titled Sach Kahun Toh. From unknown facts about her personal life to facing troubles in the film industry, the veteran actress has been honest in recalling her journey. Now, in a recent interview with a magazine, Neena told that filmmakers like Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani never saw her as a "commercially viable actor". 

She said Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Deepti Naval were chosen to be the face of art-house cinema. "See, it was always Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Deepti Naval who were seen as the face of art-house cinema, and even though Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani knew me, but they never saw me as a commercially viable actor," Neena told. 

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She further added, "I didn’t know how to conduct myself in the industry. I thought everyone was a friend. Nobody is your friend. They are doing their job and you have to do yours. I couldn’t learn how to talk to people. I was hesitant to persuade people constantly thinking it would push them away more and they’ll end up not talking to me. I was very shy and didn’t know the rules of the business. So, I made plenty of mistakes, and have been made a fool of because I didn’t know any better, I am a ‘ghusudu’. You should know when to exit."

(Source: Outlook)