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Neena Gupta has a lot of regrets


Her performances across television and films brought her immense critical acclaim but the actress Neena Gupta says except for a few projects, she was not offered the kind of roles she wanted to do on the big screen.

Neena featured in films like “Gandhi”, “Mandi” and the 1994 release “Woh Chikri” which won her a National award for the best supporting actress “Yes there are a lot of regrets. I understood, it is not just because of me but also that this medium (film) needs a lot of other things besides being talented. It’s your PR, your destiny to choose the right projects,” Neena said when asked if she regrets on not being seen on the big screen as much as she had hoped.

“Once I said no to a very good project because I didn’t believe in that story. But, if I had worked with that person, things would’ve been different. A whole lot of actors do this, people have refused films which have gone on to become hits,” she adds.

The 57-year-old actress says one cannot be shy in the film industry and expect good work to come at the doorstep. “It depends on how pushy you are and I am basically a very shy person. I cannot go to somebody and say I want work. You can’t be shy and say I am a great actress and people will call me. I was from Delhi, didn’t know this place and there was nobody to teach us,” she says.

The actress has now ventured into the digital space second time with the recently released short film, “Khujli”. “Web series is kind of liberating. There are so many people who come to Mumbai to work and now there is a platform ready. The results are immediate, you don’t have to wait for two years for the movie to release,” she says.