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The unparalleled thespian and opinionated rule breaker, Neena Gupta, simply by her life choices, is a woman to look up to. On her birthday, we look at her best roles and characters in the recent past.
A naïve homemaker becomes the sarpanch of a village in Madhya Pradesh. Neena Gupta essays the character with great ease, earning her an award for Best Supporting Actor.
Neena Gupta plays a widow, Noor, in Vrindavan who befriends a young girl who wants to go to school. In chef Vikas Khanna’s directorial debut, Neena Gupta adds the gravitas and nuance the film needed.
Neena Gupta plays a 90-year-old wheelchair bound grandmother, Swanjeet ‘Sardar’ Kaur, to Arjun Kapoor. She suffers from a brain tumour and her only wish is to go back to the family home in Lahore before she dies.
Playing reel mother to her real daughter, Masaba Gupta, Neena Gupta’s role in 'Masaba Masaba' is version of herself in real life. While Masaba is the focus of the show, Neena always shines on screen.
Neena Gupta plays mother of Jitendra Kumar’s Aman Tripathi, a homosexual man who’s trying to convince his family to let his love prevail with Ayushmann Khurrana’s character, Kartik.
In a career-defining role, Neena Gupta plays a menopausal woman who finds herself pregnant. She, her 25-year-old son played by Ayushmann Khurrana and her family have to come to terms with the predicament while dealing with societal scorn.
The second installment of Ashi Dua’s anthology that explores female pleasure has Neena Gupta playing grandmother to Mrunal Thakur’s Veda in R Balki’s short, who has seen the world and is driven by common sense.