Neena Gupta is the popular Indian veteran actress and TV serials director. She is two-time National award winner for the Hindi films ‘Bazaar Sitaram’ (1993) and ‘Woh Chokri’ (1994).
Neena Gupta was born on Thursday, 4 June 1959 (age 60 years; as in 2019), in Delhi. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. She completed her schooling from The Lawrence School, Sanawar in Solan, Himachal Pradesh. Later, she completed her M. A. and M. Phil in Sanskrit from Delhi. Jagran
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Caste & Husband
Neena Gupta was born in a Hindu family. Forbears Her father’s name is Late R. N. Gupta. Her mother Shakuntala Gupta died due to cancer. She has a brother Pankaj Gupta.
An Old Picture of Neena Gupta with Her Family
An Old Picture of Neena Gupta with Her Father
At the age of 16, she got married to a boy from Calcutta who studied from IIT Delhi, but the marriage lasted for only 2 years. IMDB While shooting for a TV serial in the 1980s, she met veteran actor Alok Nath. There were rumours that they were engaged, but later got separated.
Neena Gupta and Alok Nath in a TV Serial
Later, she started dating Shaarangdev, the son of the popular Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj. There were rumours that they both got engaged in a private ceremony, but later, they parted ways. Bollywood Shaadis
In the late 1980s, she started dating the West Indies cricket legend, Vivian Richards. The couple dated for almost 13 years. She has a daughter with him out of marriage, who was born in 1989. Neena and Vivian’s daughter is the popular Indian fashion designer, Masaba Gupta. Neena never got married to him, but she is still in touch with him. Times of India
Neena Gupta with Vivian Richards
An Old Picture of Neena Gupta and Her Daughter
An Old Picture of Neena Gupta with Masaba Gupta
An Old Picture of Neena Gupta’s Daughter with Vivian Richard
In 2002, she met the Delhi-based Chartered Accountant, Vivek Mehra. They met on a flight to Mumbai and instantly got connected. Vivek had separated from his wife at that time. After dating for a few years, the couple got married on 15 July 2008 in a private ceremony in the US. Neena lives in Mumbai while her husband lives in Delhi.
Neena Gupta’s Marriage Picture
Neena Gupta with Her Husband
After completing her acting course from The National School of Drama in 1982, she started her career in acting. She acted in the film ‘Aadharsheela’ in Delhi. She debuted as an actor in the Bollywood film ‘Saath Saath’ in 1982.
Neena Gupta in Saath Saath
In the same year, she came into the limelight with the International film ‘Gandhi,’ in which she played the character of ‘Abha.’
Neena Gupta in Gandhi
Later, she appeared in Bollywood films like Mandi (1983), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Rihaee (1988), Swarg (1990), and Drishti (1990).
Neena Gupta in Swarg (1990)
In 1985, she started acting in the Hindi TV serials with ‘Khandaan.’ Later, she appeared in many TV serials including Daddy (1989), Drishti (1990), Saans (1999), Siski (2000), Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2004), and Kitani Mohabbat Hai (2009).
A Still from Neena Gupta’s Serial- Saans
In 1991, she debuted in the Malayalam film ‘Vasthuhara.’
Neena Gupta in Vasthuhara
Her bold appearance in the item song ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ alongside Madhuri Dixit in the movie ‘Khalnayak’ (1993) was one of the chartbuster songs of that era.
In 1999, she directed the TV serial ‘Saans.’ In 2002, she hosted a game show ‘Kamzor Kadi Kaun’ aired on Star Plus.
Neena Gupta in Kamzor Kadi Kaun
She appeared as a supporting actor in many Bollywood film including Alone (2015), Veere Di Wedding (2018), and Mulk (2018).
She again came into the limelight with the Hindi comedy-drama film ‘Badhaai Ho’ in 2018.
Neena Gupta in Badhaai Ho
In the same year, she penned down the script of ‘Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain’ a Hindi TV web series.
Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain
In 2019, she appeared in various films including ‘Music Teacher,’ ‘Gwalior,’ and ‘The Last Color.’
Neena Gupta in The Last Color
In 2020, she acted in Hindi films like ‘Panga,’ ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan,’ and ’83.’
Neena Gupta in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
She was in a long term relationship with the cricket legend Vivian Richards. She got pregnant with his child without getting married in 1988. This created a lot of buzz in the media at that time. She received a lot of criticism, and even her career got affected by this.
She was in the news for a post on her Instagram account in 2017. She wrote,
I live and work in Mumbai. I am a good artist and am looking for good work.” Indian Express
Awards & Honours
National Film Award
1993: Best First Non-Feature Film for Bazaar Sitaram
In an interview, she revealed her biggest regret was to give birth to a child without getting married.
In an interview, when she was asked about not supporting her daughter to become an actor, she said,
I told her if you want to be an actor then you go abroad. Because tumhara jis tarah ka shakal hai aur body hai, tumhe yahan Indian mileu mein bohot kum role milenge, even if you become a good actor. So, tumko woh heroine nahi milegi. Hema Malini nahi banoge, Alia (Bhatt) nahi banoge.”
In 1997, she released a pop album called ‘Go To Court’ which was a big flop.
After the release of her film ‘Badhaai Ho’ in 2018, she received an appreciation letter from the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Appreciation Letter to Neena Gupta
In 2020, she appeared in ‘The Kapil Sharma Show.’ She appeared with the team of ‘Panga’ film and then with the team of ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.’