Not only is she a stellar performer, but over the years, Neena Gupta has come to be an inspiration to women from numerous walks of life. From the struggles of her past to the successes that she’s earned today, Neena Gupta’s life is a masterclass in resilience. And on June 14, Kareena Kapoor Khan launched Neena Gupta’s autobiography Sach Kahun Toh in a virtual event that was hosted by Penguin Random House.
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The launch took place in an informal conversational format, and Neenaji spoke about how the book came to be and the major themes that it takes on. While it is always a pleasure to witness the simple yet bold and pragmatic Neena Gupta, her passionate retelling of some notable excerpts from her life won us over. As per Kareena, Neenaji has stayed true to her book’s title and hasn’t shied away from being honest. And though she had to alter some names for legal and ethical reasons, it still reads as a revealing account.
Here’s everything that you can expect from Neena Gupta’s autobiography.
She has openly addressed a myriad of personal relationships
From familial to romantic, Neenaji has spoken about many of her interpersonal interactions and exchanges. In the interview, she admitted that had her parents been alive, she probably wouldn’t have been as transparent about her upbringing. However, she says that self-doubt has escaped her now. She is a lot more confident and no longer cares about what people have to say.
This sentiment of authenticity truly reflects in what she had to say about her romantic relationships.
“While I was writing the book, I realised in my prime years I have been without a lover or husband. Because I came here, then small affairs, nothing really materialised. Basically, I was all alone.”
She has elaborated on such experiences of loneliness, and her relationships with her husband and daughter Masaba in her book.
Her personal struggles and experiences
In addition to speaking about her dealings with people, Neena Gupta’s autobiography also narrates the significant moments of her life. From her experiences on film sets to being left at the altar, Neenaji delves deep into the cards that life has dealt her. In doing so, she also discusses her takeaways from each experience.
Lots and lots of life lessons
During the interview, Neena Gupta admitted that her book had been in the works for over 20 years. And that it was her own apprehensions and self-doubt that held her back. However, that is no longer the case.
“Number one, everything is out of my system now. Things I was hiding for so many years, it’s out. That’s a big relief. Number two, I feel maybe even if one person doesn’t do the same mistake(s) I did. If after reading my book they feel ‘Oh yeah, that’s correct. You should not do this’, it’s worth it. Even if one person benefits out of it.”
And she was absolutely right in her approach. Even throughout her conversation with Kareena, Neenaji imparts some wonderful lessons that life has taught her. She takes pride in living authentically and embracing the good and the bad as it comes.
“People say I lived my life on my own terms. Actually, I never did. Wherever I went wrong, I accepted it and moved forward.”
She is also incredibly grateful for all the success that she’s had in the past few years and for everything that life has given her.
“I am happy about this time. Sometimes I feel I wish I was younger now but at least I have it now. I have some very good work lined up. I am grateful to god that I got a chance even now. I am enjoying it.”
Neenaji admitted that though her daughter isn’t an avid reader herself, she already knows everything about her mother’s life. The acclaimed designer shares an incredibly close and intimate relationship with her mother and has been actively promoting her book.
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Intrigued and ready to sit back with this promising read? You can purchase Neena Gupta’s autobiography Sach Kahun Toh right here.
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