"In fact, my father was my boyfriend"
Neena Gupta stated that her father was her ‘boyfriend’ due to feeling lonely because she did not have a husband or boyfriend for a long time.
In a radio interview with RJ Siddharth Kannan, Neena opened up about the void she felt in her life.
When asked if she battled loneliness, Neena replied:
“Very often I have felt lonely.
“In fact, my father was my boyfriend; he was the man of the house.
“It has happened when I was disrespected at work.”
She went on to say that she was able to overcome the loneliness because she does not dwell on the past.
Neena added: “But God has given me the power that I’m always able to move on. I don’t dwell on the past.”
Neena Gupta had been in a brief relationship with ex-West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards during the 1980s.
They have a daughter together named Masaba Gupta.
Neena later fell in love with Delhi-based chartered account Vivek Mehra and the pair married in 2008.
Neena had previously revealed that Masaba was curious to know why she wanted to get married to Vivek.
She said: “Frankly, I didn’t have to tell her. Vivek and I were going around for eight to 10 years; he used to come down to my house in Mumbai and I often used to go to Delhi.
“But yes, precisely speaking, when I told Masaba that I want to get married, she wanted to know why.
“I told her that marriage is important if you have to live in this society else you don’t get respect. And, Masaba understood me.
“Masaba is one person who will do anything for her mother’s happiness whether she likes it or not. So, I was not worried.
“I was just feeling a bit awkward in telling her that.”
Despite being married since 2008, Neena Gupta and Vivek Mehra only started living together in 2020 because of the Covid-19 lockdown.
She revealed that they learnt more about each other.
Neena said that she used to talk to Vivek in sign language because he was always busy with work calls. The most important lesson she learnt is to have a life of her own.
She explained: “Initially, I used to crib, ‘Arre, we are together, but I hardly see you. You are always on the phone, I can’t talk to you’.
“But now he says, ‘Arre, you are so busy! You are always on a call’.
“And I am very happy like that, so I have learnt that I have to be busy myself. I read or do whatever.”
The veteran actress said that in order to be happy, she does not depend on him, adding:
“I call up my girlfriends and I talk to them. This first lockdown has changed a lot for me.”
On the work front, Neena Gupta was last seen in the film Sardar Ka Grandson.
The film also starred Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh. It was released on Netflix on May 18, 2021.