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Episode 896 May 21, 2022

Expresso Entertainment Feature on careers and lives of Neena Gupta, Shilpa Shetty and Deepika Padukone

You are listening to the Expresso Entertainment Update. Here is a special feature on what is happening in the lives of the three leading ladies of Bollywood, Neena Gupta, Shilpa Shetty and Deepika Padukone, brought to you by The Indian Express.

Let us begin with news on Neena Gupta: An Instagram post asking for “good parts to play” marked the beginning of Neena Gupta’s second innings as an actor. From being called the artsy actor once to becoming a bankable performer recently, Neena Gupta is experiencing fame like never before. But what made her take the leap of faith and post a picture of herself asking for work? In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Neena Gupta spoke about the viral 2017 post and what made her take the social media route to get back to work and re-enter the film industry.
Neena said she was taking a break from work to enjoy her married life. Neena said: “I got married and I thought – ‘let me enjoy married life.’ I was working 24/7 before that and I had no time to enjoy myself, go to a beauty parlour or see a movie or meet people. So, I thought, ‘I have done enough work. Now, I have found a good guy. Now, I will enjoy my life and relax,’
However, this period was short-lived as the actor felt that she was losing respect as a housewife. “But what happened was that I realised that jinke liye main ye sab kar rahi hun (the people I did everything for), they didn’t have time for me. People were always busy with their things. So, I realised that it is wrong and that I have to work because it is the most important thing in everybody’s life. I realised I needed to work. So, I put up that post. And Badhai Ho happened. And I was back,” she said. She added that while she “enjoyed” and “would have loved to be” a housewife, she felt she was losing respect.
Talking about her second innings as an actor, Neena Gupta said that while the opportunities are better, they are still not as good as what her male counterparts get/are offered. “Yes, the opportunities are much better. Not good as the men but much better than before. Now, they are no more writing women’s roles as mothers who would say, ‘Khana khaale beta‘ or ‘Raat ko mat jao bahar.’ It is much more than that, which is very good,” said the actor, who is looking forward to the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s Panchayat.
Describing herself as Neena Gupta part 2, the actor said she is very happy and satisfied as an artist ‘but still hungry for more good work’. “I am enjoying this phase,” she concluded.
On the work front, apart from Panchayat 2, Neena Gupta has Masaba Masaba 2. She will also be seen in Vikas Bahl’s Goodbye. In the film, she will share the screen space with Amitabh Bachchan.

Moving on to Shilpa Shetty: The actor is returning to theatres after a hiatus of 14 years. The actor, who was recently seen in the disappointing Hungama 2 that was released directly on OTT, now stars in Sabbir Khan’s Nikamma. The film, where she plays a superhero, also stars Abhimanyu Dassani and Shirley Setia.
At the trailer launch of the film, the actor was surprised by a special video message from her mother, Sunanda Shetty. The senior Shetty called her daughter a ‘survivor and a warrior’.
In an interaction with the media, the actor was asked about the arrest of her husband, Raj Kundra, for his alleged role in production and distribution of pornographic content. Shilpa was also dragged into the controversy.
While Shilpa refused to directly address the controversy, she talked about the phase in her life. “I think we are here to celebrate a new beginning. For now, let’s talk about my director Sabbir (Khan) and actors who have worked really hard on the movie — Abhimanyu and Shirley. This is not about me or my life. So, if it was pertinent to the movie, I would have answered that question.”
She later spoke about how she felt like she had braved a storm. She said, “Talking about going through a difficult phase, yes, we’ve all in our lives been through (a) difficult phase. Last two years have not just been difficult for me, but a lot of people.”
Excited about making a comeback with a film releasing in theatres, Shilpa shared that in this phase of her life, she wants to focus on the positives. She said, “So, let’s focus on the good. Like you saw my avatar in the movie, rising above everything and playing a ‘superwoman’, I think we all have played this very strong character in our real lives. Many of us don’t talk about it. We’ve all been very strong and we’ve braved the storm, and I think it is time to celebrate newer beginnings and positivity.”
Nikamma is scheduled to release in theatres on June 17.

And finally, let us look at Deepika Padukone: After turning out in a gorgeous look during a media interaction, the actor turned heads on the red carpet of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in a black and gold sequinned saree. The actor is a part of a nine-member jury that will be announcing the winners of this year’s Palme d’Or honours on the last day of the film gala on May 28. The other jury members include actor-filmmaker Rebecca Hall, Noomi Rapace and Italian actor-director Jasmine Trinca, as well as directors Asghar Farhadi, Ladj Ly, Jeff Nichols and Joachim Trier.
As she arrived on the red carpet, Deepika looked every bit gorgeous in her retro look. She wore a black and gold saree which was designed by Sabyasachi. She completed her look with a golden headband and kohled eyes. It was difficult to look away from the earrings that she paired with her entire retro look. Her hair was tied in a bun.

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Expresso Entertainment Feature on careers and lives of Neena Gupta, Shilpa Shetty and Deepika PadukoneYou are listening to the Expresso Entertainment Update. Here is a special feature on what is happening in the lives of the three leading ladies of Bollywood, Neena Gupta, Shilpa Shetty and Deepika Padukone, brought to you by The Indian Express. Let us begin with news on Neena Gupta: An Instagram post asking for “good parts to play” marked the beginning of Neena Gupta’s second innings as an actor. From being called the artsy actor once to becoming a bankable performer recently, Neena Gupta is experiencing fame like never before. But what made her take the leap of faith and post a picture of herself asking for work? In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Neena Gupta spoke about the viral 2017 post and what made her take the social media route to get back to work and re-enter the film industry. Neena said she was taking a break from work to enjoy her married life. Neena said: “I got married and I thought – ‘let me enjoy married life.’ I was working 24/7 before that and I had no time to enjoy myself, go to a beauty parlour or see a movie or meet people. So, I thought, ‘I have done enough work. Now, I have found a good guy. Now, I will enjoy my life and relax,' However, this period was short-lived as the actor felt that she was losing respect as a housewife. “But what happened was that I realised that jinke liye main ye sab kar rahi hun (the people I did everything for), they didn’t have time for me. People were always busy with their things. So, I realised that it is wrong and that I have to work because it is the most important thing in everybody’s life. I realised I needed to work. So, I put up that post. And Badhai Ho happened. And I was back,” she said. She added that while she “enjoyed” and “would have loved to be” a housewife, she felt she was losing respect. Talking about her second innings as an actor, Neena Gupta said that while the opportunities are better, they are still not as good as what her male counterparts get/are offered. “Yes, the opportunities are much better. Not good as the men but much better than before. Now, they are no more writing women’s roles as mothers who would say, ‘Khana khaale beta‘ or ‘Raat ko mat jao bahar.’ It is much more than that, which is very good,” said the actor, who is looking forward to the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s Panchayat. Describing herself as Neena Gupta part 2, the actor said she is very happy and satisfied as an artist ‘but still hungry for more good work’. “I am enjoying this phase,” she concluded. On the work front, apart from Panchayat 2, Neena Gupta has Masaba Masaba 2. She will also be seen in Vikas Bahl’s Goodbye. In the film, she will share the screen space with Amitabh Bachchan. Moving on to Shilpa Shetty: The actor is returning to theatres after a hiatus of 14 years. The actor, who was recently seen in the disappointing Hungama 2 that was released directly on OTT, now stars in Sabbir Khan’s Nikamma. The film, where she plays a superhero, also stars Abhimanyu Dassani and Shirley Setia. At the trailer launch of the film, the actor was surprised by a special video message from her mother, Sunanda Shetty. The senior Shetty called her daughter a ‘survivor and a warrior’. In an interaction with the media, the actor was asked about the arrest of her husband, Raj Kundra, for his alleged role in production and distribution of pornographic content. Shilpa was also dragged into the controversy. While Shilpa refused to directly address the controversy, she talked about the phase in her life. “I think we are here to celebrate a new beginning. For now, let’s talk about my director Sabbir (Khan) and actors who have worked really hard on the movie — Abhimanyu and Shirley. This is not about me or my life. So, if it was pertinent to the movie, I would have answered that question.” She later spoke about how she felt like she had braved a storm. She said, “Talking about going through a difficult phase, yes, we’ve all in our lives been through (a) difficult phase. Last two years have not just been difficult for me, but a lot of people.” Excited about making a comeback with a film releasing in theatres, Shilpa shared that in this phase of her life, she wants to focus on the positives. She said, “So, let’s focus on the good. Like you saw my avatar in the movie, rising above everything and playing a ‘superwoman’, I think we all have played this very strong character in our real lives. Many of us don’t talk about it. We’ve all been very strong and we’ve braved the storm, and I think it is time to celebrate newer beginnings and positivity.” Nikamma is scheduled to release in theatres on June 17. And finally, let us look at Deepika Padukone: After turning out in a gorgeous look during a media interaction, the actor turned heads on the red carpet of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in a black and gold sequinned saree. The actor is a part of a nine-member jury that will be announcing the winners of this year’s Palme d’Or honours on the last day of the film gala on May 28. The other jury members include actor-filmmaker Rebecca Hall, Noomi Rapace and Italian actor-director Jasmine Trinca, as well as directors Asghar Farhadi, Ladj Ly, Jeff Nichols and Joachim Trier. As she arrived on the red carpet, Deepika looked every bit gorgeous in her retro look. She wore a black and gold saree which was designed by Sabyasachi. She completed her look with a golden headband and kohled eyes. It was difficult to look away from the earrings that she paired with her entire retro look. Her hair was tied in a bun. You were listening to the Expresso Entertainment Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest entertainment news from the Indian Express to stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates in the Entertainment world.
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