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Neena Gupta asks for work on Instagram, inspires Priyanka Chopra

Actress Priyanka Chopra commented 'inspired' on Neena Gupta's Instagram post asking for work.

Shriram Iyengar

At a time when 'nepotism' seems to be the buzz word in the film industry, Neena Gupta's recent Instagram post might have come as a surprise, however, many, including, Priyanka Chopra, have liked the bold jesture. The actress, a veteran of films like Gandhi (1982), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Mandi (1983) as well as television series like Saans (1999) and Siski (2000), wrote a post suggesting that she was looking for work.


I live in mubai and working am a good actor looking fr good parts to play

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The 62 year old actress wrote 'I live in Mumbai and working as a good actor looking for good parts to play.' The post caught the attention of quite a few people. She was lauded for the brave move of admitting that she is looking for work, even after having achieved and proved her skills.

Her daughter, designer Masaba Gupta, shared the post on her own Instagram writing 'Just the other day I was telling someone how I am never afraid/ shy to ask for work. It's obviously genetic. My mother put up this post on her Instagram today. I mean, my 62-year-old national award winning mother. She told me I must always work, no matter what. It keeps you from getting old.'


Just the other day I was telling someone .. how I am never afraid/ shy to ask for work. Its obviously genetic. My mother put up this post on her instagram today. I mean,my 62yr old national award winning mother. She told me I must always work .. no matter what .. it keeps you from getting old...she told me they don't write for women her age anymore ... I don't think anyone can replicate what she did for TV anymore.. she complains that she can't do PR .. but says 'I do good work,that's my PR'.. time and again we've spoken about how whatever she asks for ... in due time ,she gets... But that's the magic of a pure heart. The universe just can't refuse you... the only advice I have the guts to give her is.. don't work with anyone who won't respect you ,at this age , that's the bare minimum & it's a strange strange industry she's in... the advice she gives me in return is..'whatever you do,free ka PR mat khaana,your only someone's kid/wife/niece/sister for this long. Prove yourself. WORK. Walk the talk & fly ♥ï¸ÂðŸ˜♥ï¸Â @neena_gupta #neenaji

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As inspiring as the post is, it also got some likes from actress Priyanka Chopra and director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari.

In an interview about the post, Neena said that she was 're-launching herself as an actress.' "I’m feeling very proud of myself [after my Instagram post]. I feel like I’m launching myself again…. at this age! So what? I am not dead. I am fit, I look good and I can still act, so why not! I’m not ashamed," said the actress.

Explaining the reasons behind her post in an interview with Hindustan Times, Gupta said, "Everybody thinks that after my marriage, I have moved to Delhi and I don’t work anymore. So, I get so putt off and then I see so many roles being offered to other actors of my age."

The actress went on to mention that being out of work, even for some time, results in actors being ignored. She also explained how directors often ignore her because of her 'non-commercial' stature. Gupta said, "If you do one big commercial film and it’s a hit, everybody takes you for that particular kind of a role. My problem is that I can do variety of roles. I can look Punjabi, South Indian, gareeb (poor) and ameer (rich) too. So when filmmakers are casting, they don’t think of me because I am not slotted. I thought I will do all kinds of roles on TV and people will come to me but aisa nahi hota (that does not happen)."

While there are a number of actors who choose to promote themselves, Gupta refuses to walk the same line: "Somehow, I am genetically not fit for that. I’m a very shy person and find it difficult to ask for work even if I know somebody for ages. I expect ki woh bulayenge (that they would ask me), but it’s not a correct attitude in this profession and it gets mistaken for arrogance too. So, I am making an effort. Although my PR is bad but this is the best PR I have done for myself and I didn’t even have to pay anyone to promote me," she concluded.