Actress Neena Gupta is an inspiration for every liberal woman in this world. She is known for making bold choices, not only in professional but in personal life as well.
From being a single mom in real life to playing strong characters like Priya Kapoor in popular television show Saans to a role of a middle-aged pregnant mother in ‘Badhai Ho‘, her maverick soul shows her strong belief in taking bold decisions. She is a brilliant actress but her journey has been full of ups and downs, twists and turns. But, how she always overcome those challenges shows she is a role model we all need.
Recently when she appeared on a chat show, she gave us the best advice that every woman needs to know. During the show, when asked what advice she would give to her younger self today, the veteran actress shot back, saying,
“If you want to get more and better roles, become a star, then modesty is not the best policy. You cannot be shy, you have to go out, call up people, which I never did.
And focus more on work and not on men.
But this isn’t the first time that she has spoken about how making men her priority shifted her focus from her career. In an interview, she shared how her desire to have a healthy relationship diverted her attention from work:
“I always wanted to do good work and play strong parts. But when I look back now, I feel men became my priority and it was a big mistake. My focus shifted from career to finding the right man. Men should never be the prime focus of women’s life,”
She further added:
“I was doing really well. I was writing, directing and producing some great things on television. What I went through in personal life had a big impression on my professional choices,”
The veteran actor believes women are conditioned to keep their relationships above their personal goals.
“As women, we always crave for family and a loving partner and in our quest to find that happy space we overlook a lot of things. I now understand I should have prioritised things better.”
Neena Gupta also shared how it is hard for women to have a life they aspire to and be with a man who treats them as an individual.
“It is close to impossible to find a man who can bear with a woman, who is a notch above or equal to him. Such men are still not there in this world. It is like we will always be facing trouble in our lives. If we act strong it is a problem, and if we don’t it is a problem. I don’t know if any woman is completely happy with the way she leads her life or with the way people treat her,”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Neena Gupta. No one could deny that this is a hell of advice!