Birth: 04-07-1959,

Neena Gupta is an Indian film and television actress and director-producer. She won the 1994 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Woh Chokri. She is a popular actress in Indian commercial cinema, but it is her work with art filmmakers of India, like Shyam Benegal that got her recognition as an actress of considerable repute. She also hosted the Indian version of the television quiz show The Weakest Link, Kamzor Kadii Kaun?

 

Neena is the daughter of R. N. Gupta and attended the Lawrence School, Sanawar. She did her M.Phil. in Sanskrit and is a 1980 alumnus of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Neena Gupta was in a short-lived relationship with Vivian Richards in the eighties – they have a daughter, Masaba Richards who is a fashion designer.

 

Gupta has made appearances in several international films, such as Gandhi (1982), in which she played the niece of the Mahatma Gandhi, and the Merchant Ivory films The Deceivers (1988), In Custody (1993), and Cotton Mary (1999).

 

She starred along with Madhuri Dixit in Khalnayak (1993); she was featured in the popular song 'Choli ke peeche' in the movie. She has made the telefilms Lajwanti and Bazar Sitaram (1993), which won the 1993 National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film.

 

Her big break on television came with Khandaan (1985), Gulzar's Mirza Ghalib (1987), a TV miniseries, followed by Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) and later Dard (1994 DD Metro), Gumraah (1995 DD Metro), Saans (Star Plus), Saat Phere (2005), Chitthi (2003), Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2004), and Kitani Mohabbat Hai (2009) .

 

She also hosted the Indian version of the TV series The Weakest Link, Kamzor Kadii Kaun (Star Plus), and appeared in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (Sony TV) which gave her considerable popularity.

 

She has also directed successful TV series, such as Saans (1999), Ans Siski in (2000) and Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr. 

 

She also run a theater production company, 'Sahaj Productions' with actor, Rajendra Gupta, and acted and produced Hindi play Soorya Ki Antim Kiran Se Soorya Ki Paheli Kiran Tak.