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‘Oh those channel bosses!’

Neena Gupta talks Rachana Dubey about her marriage, daughter and much more.

tv Updated: Jan 22, 2009 15:59 IST
Rachana Dubey

It has been six months since your marriage to the Delhi-based chartered accountant Vivek Mehra.. how’s it going?
Oh very nice, it’s just like the way marriages are.. happy. My marriage has changed my life. I have many more family responsibilities now. And I like it this way. In fact, I don’t even feel it has been six months.. it seems just like yesterday when I married him.

How is your daughter Masaba dealing with the changes?
She is extremely happy for her mother. She’s a 20-year-old girl.. mature enough not to behave childishly when I married.

So what drew you to the Ekta Kapoor show Kitani Mohabbat Hai?
Why is everyone surprised that I am doing an Ekta Kapoor show? Is it felt that I shouldn’t do it or I can’t do it? Ekta Kapoor runs one of the biggest production companies in the country. Some of her shows have been TV benchmarks.

Did it take her a lot of chasing to get you to do the part?
Not at all. She approached me with the script, I just asked her what the part was and agreed to do it. Simple.

What is the role like?
I am playing the boy’s mother.. which is a pivotal part. I can’t tell you more about the part because with TV shows, tracks and character sketches change every day.

Are you satisfied with your on-going role in Saat Phere?
I have very little work on that show.. that’s why I could take on another show. Manno bhabhi’s character will get shorter.. now that Swamiji (Sharad Kelkar) is back as Nahar. The story keeps changing. No one knows what’s happening there and what will happen next.

Why have you stuck to the show then?
Ask the producers why Manno bhabhi isn’t constant. They tell me that my track is not on at the moment, so I don’t have to report to shoot. I think it’s wise not to interfere in their decisions. I go to the sets, do my job and leave.

You did a show with Kanwaljeet Singh on Filmy, which didn’t have a long run. What went wrong there?
I don’t know my dear. You must ask the channel guys and the producers.

Why have you stopped producing shows?
Recently, when I told a journalist this, they published just a one-line answer. So, I will tell you the answer in just one line that when I take my shows to those channel bosses, they tell me that the script is great but it doesn’t work for us. They don’t want my kind of shows any more.

What is your daughter Masaba planning to do?
She’s doing a diploma course in fashion designing. But like most youngsters, she’s very uncertain about the direction she wants to give to her career.

Would you support her if she wants to act?
Of course, I will support her with everything she wants to do.. even if it’s acting.

Despite being a National Award winner, you aren’t seen in the movies?
That’s because I get really horrid scripts and roles. Frankly, I don’t really get too many offers.. neither do I crib about this to anyone.