Neena Gupta: I have hope that at my age I can get substantial roles
Shuruaat Ka Twist is an anthology of six short stories, directed by six debutant directors, who have been mentored by Bollywood stalwarts like Raj Kumar Gupta, Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Hirani and Amit Masurkar.
One of the stories in the series is Adi Sonal, directed by Heena Dsouza. It stars Neena Gupta as the matriarch of a typical Indian joint family where the man of the house (played by Lalit Behl) does nothing the entire day. He only wants to be served and cared for by his wife.
In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Neena Gupta reveals why doing Adi Sonal was important, and what she feels about the roles being offered to her.
Here are excerpts from the conversation:
Why did you sign Adi Sonal?
Adi Sonal is a very simple yet interesting story. Director Heena Dsouza has made an important point through such a simple story, and thats the most beautiful thing about Adi Sonal.
Your look in Adi Sonal is very close to Badhaai Ho.
Yes, my look is similar to that of Badhaai Ho, but my character is much older and poorer in Adi Sonal than it was in Badhaai Ho.
What I really like is the detailing that has gone into this small story. The film starts with the Karva Chauth and its fasting rituals. It is a Sindhi household so Karva Chauth is called Teejri Vrat.
Then it slowly reveals the characters in the house and their relationship with each other. There is a beautiful relationship between my character and her husband. He is much older than I am. He is a demanding husband who always wants something or the other, and then the story develops further. With the film, you wonder what the director is trying to say.
— Neena Gupta (@Neenagupta001) May 29, 2019
What attracts you towards such characters?