Neena Gupta is a true icon. After making her debut in the 1982 film, Saath Saath, she came into the limelight after the release of her film, Woh Chokri in 1994. She then went on to star in the popular television show, Saans, where she starred alongside Kanwaljit Singh.
Gupta ended up taking a long hiatus from the industry before making a comeback in the 2018 film, Badhaai Ho and she has been unstoppable ever since. Recently, she played a semi-biographical role in Netflix’s Masaba Masaba, where she stars alongside her daughter, the titular Masaba Gupta. The show was a grand success, as expected, and people around the country found Gupta’s relationship with her daughter extremely relatable.
Neena Gupta Movies And TV Shows
Needless to say, Gupta has traced an incredible journey in films over the years. And with the stellar performances she’s delivering back to back, we decided to look back at some of the amazing work she’s done in the recent past. If you weren’t a Gupta fan till now, be prepared for that to change.
Neena Gupta Movies
The Last Colour (2019)
Chef Vikas Khanna’s directorial debut, The Last Colour follows the story of Noor, a widow who befriends a nine-year-old tightrope walker who promises to add colour to her colourless, ‘white’ life. As she yearns to play with colour during Holi, she is held back by age-old traditions which often don’t allow women to participate in festivals and live life to the fullest after the death of their spouse. Delivering a performance full of angst, Gupta is quietly powerful here and that makes it a memorable watch.
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Badhaai Ho (2018)
Badhaai Ho, also starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Gajraj Rao, and Sanya Malhotra, re-introduced the world to the magic of Gupta as an actress. The story follows 25-year-old Nakul, whose life turns upside down when he finds out that his elderly mother is pregnant. As he struggles to come to terms with the new addition to the family while also facing judgement from society, he realises that there is nothing more important than being there for his family. Gupta’s portrayal of a pregnant mother here is impeccable and a delight to see.
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A heartwarming comedy that will make you feel multiple emotions all at once, Goodbye narrates the story of a family that copes with the death of their matriarch while preparing to say goodbye one last time. A loss as devastating as this brings together the entire family where they relive their memories, and it soon ends up stitching them back together even stronger than before.
A movie about a long-standing friendship, Uunchai follows the story of three elderly friends who, after losing their friend, decide to fulfil their last wish—climbing Mount Everest. While the three senior citizens gear up to take on a life-or-death challenge, they must also let go of their inhibitions and make the most out of this life-changing journey.
Neena Gupta TV Shows
The Netflix show Masaba Masaba is partly based on the real life of Indian fashion designer, Masaba Gupta and her mother, actor, Neena Gupta. As the duo navigate their work, friendships and love lives despite their hectic life, we get to see their mother-daughter bond in a whole new light. Highly relatable, entertaining and real, this one is a must-watch.
One of Neena Gupta’s most popular shows, Saans follows the life of a married couple, Priya and Gautam, who live with their two children, Akul and Mithi. But Priya’s life suddenly gets a lot more complicated when she finds out that Gautam is having an extramarital affair with their friend, Manisha. By far, her most memorable role and a pivotal show in Indian television, Saans was a gem from the ’90s that is still so relevant today and is a must-watch.
When an engineering graduate, Abhishek struggles to find a job, he ends up taking a job in a rural village’s Panchayat. What starts off as a short-term adventure before he can clear his CAT exam and get a more lucrative job, soon changes Abhishek’s perspective and he ends up bringing positive changes in the village. Gupta’s role as Manju Devi (the village head) is memorable and unexpected, but also one of the best parts about the show.