Masaba Gupta is a role model of today’s generation. Like her mother Neena Gupta, Masaba has never shied away from living life on her own terms.
During a recent interview, Masaba spoke about being bullied at school. It was heartening to hear how she has been the powerhouse of courage since her childhood.
In her recent interview with HT, Masaba opened up about facing endless bullying at school because of her color and her parents’ unconventional relationship.
While sharing the details of her tough school days, Masaba Gupta mentioned how she faced her toughest times during her school days. In a recent interview, the actor said you need ‘a certain amount of grit and resolve to power through those moments’. She was quoted saying by HT,
“It was reactions of friends and acquaintances, people who you thought had your back that affected me. A friend of mine brought up the colour of my skin every time I asked her about what to wear, what subject to study, or what sport I should play. I thought it was bizarre.”
She further added,
“However, more than the colour of my skin, it was about the relationship of my parents. I remember being called a b*stard child a lot. Lots of boys in my school will ask ‘is she the ba**ard?’ I didn’t understand what it meant and I went and asked my mother when I was young and she explained it to me by the book. She said this is what it means and be prepared to get more of this.”
While opening about other cruel incidences from the school days, she mentioned,
“I played professional tennis in school and I was permitted to come late to the class as I was playing for the state. The boys in the class will open my bag, take out my underwear, and toss it around. They would make fun of my shorts because I was a bigger girl. They would be like ‘is it all black inside from the color of her skin’. You think you outgrow it but you don’t.”
“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. I also feel sad because she was lonely. I wish I had another child but circumstances weren’t like that.”
Though it is heartbreaking how Masaba had to face such harsh treatment at such a young age, it is quite inspiring how she didn’t let bullies break her. By channeling her energies towards her goals, she has perfectly shut down her bullies in style.
At IFORHER, we celebrate Masaba’s courage and hope her battle against bullies inspires other to not let bullies dim their brightness.