Neena Gupta, at 60, is one of the busiest actresses of her generation. While Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, with Ayushmann Khurrana and Gajraj Rao gears up for release, the actress has a truckload of assignments coming up across platforms.
In the last two years, it was Neena’s turn as a pregnant woman in the National Award-winning Badhaai Ho that changed the way filmmakers perceived a leading lady in Hindi films.
When we spoke to Neena recently, while she was promoting her recent release, Kangana Ranaut and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga, we asked her to detail a role, which in the current phase of her career, has been the most difficult for her.
She said, “The film I am doing with Arjun Kapoor and Nikkhil Advani is very challenging. It’s a really tough part.
You will know why I say this when you see the film. We’re almost through with 80 percent of the film. We’ve shot a lot of it in Patiala. I had to work very hard for the role. I had to look a certain way, so I pulled down weight, which was taxing. It was also emotionally draining. I had to look older, change my voice and the posture in which I stand. I don’t know how I did it. It gives me shivers when I think of it. That was a very big challenge for me.”