Satish Kaushik offered to marry Neena Gupta when she was pregnant with Masaba: ‘You can just say it’s mine’
Veteran actor Neena Gupta, who had her daughter Masaba Gupta out of wedlock, revealed in her autobiography Sach Kahun Toh that her close friend Satish Kaushik offered to marry her. Neena got pregnant while she was in a relationship with former cricketer Sir Viv Richards in the 1980s.
According to a review of Sach Kahun Toh published in Film Companion, when Neena was pregnant with Masaba, Satish came up with a proposition. He told her, “Don’t worry, if the child is born with dark skin, you can just say it’s mine and we’ll get married. Nobody will suspect a thing.”+
Earlier, in an interview with Hindustan Times, Neena talked about having to ‘suffer a lot’ professionally because of the image that was created of her. Elaborating about it, she said, “Well that of a bold, strong woman who does things according to what she wants to do. And a strong woman means a negative woman in our films. I used to get all negative roles like a dominating woman in the household but I told them that I want a bechari woman role.”
“Also, discussions about having a child out of wedlock (referring to her daughter Masaba) went on and on and on. Wo child to woman ho gayi abhi bhi child hi bol rahe hain (People are still calling her child, even though she is a woman now),” she added.
Neena’s career got a fresh lease of life in 2018, with films such as Veere Di Wedding, Mulk and Badhaai Ho. She was most recently seen as the titular matriarch in the Netflix family drama Sardar Ka Grandson, co-starring Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh.
Neena starred alongside Masaba in the semi-autobiographical Netflix series, Masaba Masaba. A second season is in the works.