Neena Gupta, who had to take to social media to ask for work a few years ago, has revealed that she is in a healthy phase of her career, where she is offered various roles and good money for work. Neena even said she was surprised to learn how much money she’d gotten for a recent project and that she thought it was too much. Read also| Masaba Gupta shares vintage photo of Neena Gupta with Mother Teresa on her birthday, adds warm note
Neena, whose last release was the web series Panchayat on Amazon Prime Video, noted that her career was revived after she did Badhaai Ho (2018). She said that while she was previously only offered female roles in urban settings, her prospects broadened after Badhaai Ho, in which she played a woman who becomes pregnant at age 52.
When asked if she is now well paid for her work after years of financial hardship, Neena told Bollywood Hungama: “I got some really good money. I even did something recently and asked my manager how much money I got. and I was told this a lot, and I was like ‘nahi yaar, ye to bahut jyada hain, itne kyu Maange (no, it’s too much, why did you ask)’. I’m very happy.”
Asked about how she likes playing different roles after being seen as a ‘city girl’ for a long time, Neena said: “An actor always wants to play new roles, nobody likes to play similar characters every time. But we have to choose from whatever we are offered right now i am in a position where i am being offered different kinds of roles media have created this image of me as a city girl because i wear shorts and skirts so i got those kinds of roles But Badhaai Ho changed everything for me, people suddenly realized that I can do these kinds of roles too – like that of a middle class housewife. For the first time in my life I have the choice to say no to something. I haven’t had a chance to say no. I’m very happy to be offered different roles at this age.”
Neena is currently filming for Vikas Bahl’s Goodbye, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rashmika Mandanna. She is also part of Uunchai with Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. She will also be seen in Masaba Masaba, a Netflix original inspired by the lives of her and her daughter Masaba Gupta in which they play themselves.