Book Review – Sach Kahun Toh by Neena Gupta

Neena Gupta has been a familiar face on television and Indian cinema since the 80s. From endorsing household products like table fans to detergents to doing 10 minutes sister roles on a 70 mm screen, she was the very relatable woman next-door.

TV shows, movies, chat shows, plays and her occasional trysts with direction, Neena Gupta stayed afloat in a very competitive showbiz industry where artists faded faster than they appeared.

“Sach Kahun Toh’ is Neena Gupta’s maiden attempt at writing and an ode to her controversial life filled with struggles and achievements; controversial because the autobiography touches upon the most sensitive part of Neena Gupta’s life when she decided to have a baby out of wedlock.

Photo source: Creator: Sirali Aggarwal 

Such a move by a single woman that, too, a public figure was unheard of in the 80s. Neena took the decision because she believed in ‘love’. Though the decision brought in their fair share of flak and struggles, she looks at it as one of the decisions that gave her peace and happiness.

The book is divided into parts, each addressing a specific part of her life. The other chapters in the book revolve around her early days in Karol Bagh, New Delhi, her brilliant academic career, the enduring friendships and relationships she built, her struggles in the cut-throat film industry and her life now as a wife and mother and a seasoned and still in-demand character artist. At every step of her life, Neena has shown fortitude and grace, which is the reason I feel that every modern woman must read this book.

What is noteworthy is that she found support from her family members, which is very important for any woman who wants to carve her own path.

The language of the book is simple and easy and straight from the heart. She is candid about her experiences yet cautious not to defame anyone. She is truly an inspiration because what stands out is not the struggles but what she made out of her experiences. In the end, the reader would feel grateful to know this strong woman full of warmth and an eventful life.

Anusmita Dutta

Contributor: Anusmita Dutta

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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