Giving company to Jassi
Neena Gupta is now part of "Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin"
VERSATILE IS the word when we talk of Neena Gupta. An actress primarily who gave us commendable entertainment be it in plays, films, TV serials - be it in front of camera or direction. Writing her own rules, she has always led a life with oozing aplomb and sheen. Missing her for quite sometime on TV screens after such fine serials like Saans, Palchin, Dhund, Junoon, Khandan and even Kamzor Kadi Kaun, her recent re-entry into the tube with Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand on Star Plus, came as a welcome move. Never mind, if the lady who had told the world that she was going back to theatre because TV has only saas-bahu roles, was back to the tube in the role of a saas. At least, if nothing else, there was some fine acting happening on TV. And then, she went off air as unexpectedly as she came.
But here is some good news Neena is back on air as Nandini Sharma in Sony's Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. Donning the character of Nandini, a public relations consultant who joins the fashion house Gulmohar, Neena says, "I am one of those successful, confident women who gets to understand Jassi, her emotional trauma, her problems in life."
Back from Lahore
Just back from performing to applause at the World Theatre Festival in Lahore with her play sponsored by Star Plus, Suraj Ki Antim Kiran Se Suraj Ki Pehli Kiran Tak, Neena is also shooting for Siddharth Srinivasan's Amavaas with Victor Banerji, Konkona Sen Sharma and Tara Sharma.
She has just finished shooting in London for Raju Kher's film Wao. Beginning with the superb comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron way back in 1984, Neena was seen in great films like Trikaal, Sooraj Ka Satwan Ghoda, Cotton Mary, Utsav, and Gandhi.
She even did an item number in Khalnayak. "And now, I am doing another in a Sony Razdan film. If you ask me, why I said yes to her at a time of item number girls, I would suggest you to have a look at it when it gets released. I am not supposed to talk about it and so I am not.
" Talking about her new serial, Neena says, it will be out in April next year. "It will be called Mr. and Mrs. Mathur. I am doing it for Star Plus. I will play the role of Mrs. Mathur in search of a Mr. Mathur," she explains.
Interesting to see this shade of a woman above 35 on television getting a little adventurous. And, if you scan it a little more, you would see that she has always been doing that.
"Even in Saans, I tried to bring to the fore the emotions of a middle-aged married woman. In Palchin, I wanted to show the mind of a girl who has crossed her marriageable age. Even in my upcoming serial, I would be doing a similar thing. What I want to say here is, in a way, it is a conscious attempt because I want to break this social convention that a woman after 35 is worthless and be seen only as a mother or a sister," now Neena shows the fangs she is well known for.
A real woman of substance, she compares it with the Western TV soaps: "There, only senior women get the glamorous roles and here, it is the opposite. Why is this?"
Well, an interesting question. It would be nice to see the reactions on TV.
SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY
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