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Neena Gupta recalls losing a role to her co-star and friend Sunita Rajwar: “There is a bit of jealousy”

en Bollywood News Neena Gupta recalls losing a role to her co-star and friend Sunita Rajwar: “There is a bit of jealousy”

Neena Gupta looks back on the time when she lost a role to her friend and co-star Sunita Rajwar, admitting she felt jealous.

Neena Gupta is back as Manju Devi in Amazon Prime Video’s Panchayat 3. The actress who is busy promoting the series, revealed that despite being friends with many senior actors in the industry, she feels jealous when someone else gets a role for which she auditioned or was approached. Neena is reprising her role as the Pradhan of Phurela village, has been receiving praise for her honest performance.

Neena Gupta recalls losing a role to her co-star and friend Sunita Rajwar: “There is a bit of jealousy”

In a recent conversation with India Today, Neena recalled the time when she and Sunita were both approached by a young filmmaker for the same role. “I kept wondering why would she reach out to both of us if she didn’t want to cast me. Sunita and I are very good friends, but we look so different from each other, so how can one approach both of us for the same role? There are no similarities,” she joked.

She further added, “There is a bit of jealousy. I feel jealous when my friends or contemporaries bag apart and I don’t, but I also take it in a good spirit,” expressing how she feels jealous when she loses a project.

Sunita plays Kranti Devi in Panchayat and was seen representing her film Santosh at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in its Un Certain Regard section. The actress has been a part of the industry for two decades and has appeared in films like Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Kedarnath, Stree, Bala and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Her TV shows include Jab Love Hua, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Ramayan, Hitler Didi and Santoshi Maa.

In a recent interview with Showsha, Neena recalled the time when she would take roles even though they weren’t considered standard. “Need ke hisaab se it (the choice of script) has changed. Pehle zarurat thi paise ki zyada toh paise ke liye bahaut bure bure kaam karne padte the. Kai baar mai bhagwan se prarthna karti thi ki yeh picture release hi na ho. Ab mai na keh sakti hoon, pehle kabhi na nahi keh sakti thi. Jo script mujhe bahut achi lagti hai, role bahut acha lagta hai woh haan karti hoon aur jo nahin acha lagta woh nahin karti hoon (Earlier, there was a greater need for money, so one had to do very bad things. Many a time, I used to pray to God that this movie shouldn’t release. Now I can say no, I couldn’t say no before. I agree to the script that I like, and I don’t do what I don’t like.),” she expressed.

Amazon Prime Video’s Panchayat 3, directed by Deepak Kumar Mishra features Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Sanvikaa, Chandan Roy, Faisal Malik, Durgesh Kumar, Sunita Rajwar and Pankaj Jha.

Also Read: Panchayat star Sanvikaa talks about avoiding stereotypes on social media: “If we project ourselves in a certain way, we can get casting calls”


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