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When a woman becomes a mother, she understands the hidden capabilities of herself. From juggling between her work, managing her house to taking care of her kids, she is the only one, who aces all her roles perfectly. She not only plays the role of a mother to her children but also makes sure to be their confidant and motivate them through all phases of their lives. One such amazing mother of the glamour world is actress, Neena Gupta, who has beautifully raised her daughter, playing both the roles of a father and a mother. (Also Read: Ekta Kaul And Sumeet Vyas Become Parents, Elated Daddy Announces The Arrival And Name Of Their Baby)
Talking about Neena Gupta’s life, it was always a roller-coaster ride. She is a woman ahead of her times and a true inspiration to many. In the 80s, when having an extramarital affair was a taboo, Neena ji had fallen in love with West Indies cricket team captain, Vivian Richards, who was already a married man. Not only was she head-over-heels in love with him but had also given birth to his daughter, Masaba Gupta out of wedlock. From managing a steady professional front to raising Masaba as a single mother, Neena ji has inspired many women with her liberal thoughts.
On June 4, 2020, Neena Gupta turned a year older and it was her darling daughter, ace fashion designer, Masaba Gupta, who penned a heart-melting birthday wish for her mother. Masaba took to her Instagram handle and shared a throwback picture of Neena ji with an adorable caption which can be read as “Happy Birthday mom. Thanks for never letting me think the sun shines out of my backside - it’s been the greatest lesson in humility ever. @neena_gupta.”
In an interview with film critic, Rajeev Masand, Neena Gupta had spoken candidly about her daughter, Masaba. Commenting on her choice of depriving Masaba of her father and a normal family, Neena Gupta had stated it was selfish on her part. She was quoted as saying, "Very much. All the time. I feel it was a very selfish act on my part. Some of my friends told me it won’t be fair on part of the child, but kaun sunnta hai uss waqat, blind hotey hain (who listens at that age, people are blind). I also feel sad because she was lonely. I wish I had another child but circumstances weren’t like that)." (Also Read: Kartik Aaryan Reveals That He Wants To Marry A Girl Like Deepika Padukone And The Reason Is Amazing)
Neena Gupta and Masaba Gupta share an adorable bond with each other and their social media banters are always loved by their fans. On May 29, 2020, Neena ji had shared a picture with Masaba from one of her archives, with a caption that could be read as “Missing my baby.” However, Neena ji had forgotten to crop the words, ‘View Insights’ and ‘Promote’ from the picture. And it was Masaba’s reaction to the picture that was unmissable. She had commented, “Miss you too Mummy par screenshot toh crop kar lo.” Not just this, realising her mistake, Neena ji had replied back, “@masabagupta sorry baby still learning.”
Masaba Gupta had tied the knot with producer Madhu Mantena in 2015 and in March 2019, the duo had got divorced due to reasons best known to them. The duo had released an official statement confirming their divorce which could be read as “After much thought and consideration, we have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. We have decided to move forward separately and get divorced. We are two individuals who respect and care for each other and have made our own choices. We would appreciate if we are given our privacy at this time.”
In an interaction with Rajeev Masand for his chat show, Women We Love, Neena ji had talked about her daughter’s divorce and had stated, “Like a normal mother, I said don't take any decision in a rush. Think about it because me and my husband both loved Madhu and still love him. He's a very nice man and we still love him. But... nahi bana toh nahi bana...Humne bola socho isko, aisa nahi hai ki immediate decision liya, they thought about it. It was a very big shock to me.” (Also Read: Sonali Bendre Opens Up On Her Bond With Her 14-Year-Old Son, Says, 'I Am Not My Child's Friend')
Happiest birthday Neena ji!
Raising a child single-handedly is one of the most difficult things for a woman and actress, Neena Gupta is among the few, who did a brilliant job in doing so. At a time when extra-marital affairs were a tabooed subject, Neena went ahead and gave birth to Masaba Gupta, outRead More