In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Neena Gupta has said that she has often felt lonely in life because she didn’t have a boyfriend or a husband in her life for a long time. She added that she was able to overcome that loneliness because she does not dwell on the past. The actress is seen in the recently released film, Sardar Ka Grandson, with Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh.
Neena said, “Very often I have felt lonely. In fact, my father was my boyfriend; he was the man of the house. It has happened when I was disrespected at work. But God has given me the power that I’m always able to move on. I don’t dwell on the past.”
The actress had her daughter Masaba after her brief relationship with former West Indies cricketing icon Vivian Richards in the eighties. She never married him and went on to raise her daughter as a single mother. Later, at the age of 50, she married Vivek Mehra, a New Delhi-based chartered accountant, on July 15, 2008. But it was only last year because of the Covid-19 lockdown that Neena and Vivek lived together as husband and wife for the first time.
Neena lives in Mumbai while Vivek in Delhi. So it was quite a learning experience for the couple to know more about each other. In an interview, The actress said that she used to communicate with Vivek in sign language since he was always busy with work calls. And the most important lesson that Neena has learnt as a wife during this time, is to have a life of her own.
The actress told Film Companion, “Initially, I used to crib, ‘Arre, we are together, but I hardly see you. You are always on the phone, I can’t talk to you.’ But now he says, ‘Arre, you are so busy! You are always on a call.’ And I am very happy like that, so I have learnt that I have to be busy myself. I read or do whatever.” She added that she cannot depend on him for my happiness or time to share. “I call up my girlfriends and I talk to them. This first lockdown has changed a lot for me,” said the actress.