- Neena Gupta was cast in the role of Akshay's mom
- "I shot for three days for the film," she said in an interview
- "Then they realised my track was not working," she added
Actress Neena Gupta, who was roped in to be part of Rohit Shetty-directed film Sooryavanshi, headlined by Akshay Kumar, is "no longer" part of the project. In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, the 60-year-old actress said that she had begun shooting for the film but within just a few days, the makers reached the decision that her part was "not working" for the script. Confirming she's not a part of Sooryavanshi anymore, Neena Gupta said: "It is true, I am no longer in Sooryavanshi. I shot for three days for the film. Then they realised my track (in the plot) was not working, so they removed my track," reported Deccan Chronicle.
Meanwhile, a source told Deccan Chronicle that Neena Gupta, 60, was cast to play the role of 52-year-old Akshay Kumar's mother in the movie and once the shooting began, the director wasn't too convinced about the role: "Neena is just a few years older than Akshay. It was ridiculous in the first place to cast them as mother-son. When they shot together, director Rohit Shetty realised they didn't look like mother and son. That's why Neena's track was removed," the publication quoted the source as saying.
Neena Gupta, who sometime in 2017, shared an Instagram post asking for work, recently told Zoom in an interview: "I want to work opposite Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan and so many more" and added "Why don't we get roles like Meryl Streep?"
Just the other day I was telling someone .. how I am never afraid/ shy to ask for work. Its obviously genetic. My mother put up this post on her instagram today. I mean,my 62yr old national award winning mother. She told me I must always work .. no matter what .. it keeps you from getting old...she told me they don't write for women her age anymore ... I don't think anyone can replicate what she did for TV anymore.. she complains that she can't do PR .. but says 'I do good work,that's my PR'.. time and again we've spoken about how whatever she asks for ... in due time ,she gets... But that's the magic of a pure heart. The universe just can't refuse you... the only advice I have the guts to give her is.. don't work with anyone who won't respect you ,at this age , that's the bare minimum & it's a strange strange industry she's in... the advice she gives me in return is..'whatever you do,free ka PR mat khaana,your only someone's kid/wife/niece/sister for this long. Prove yourself. WORK. Walk the talk & fly @neena_gupta #neenaji
Last year, two-time National Award winning actress Neena Gupta featured in Badhaai Ho, which won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Neena Gupta reunites with her Badhaai Ho cast Ayushmann Khurrana and Gajraj Rao in her next film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.
Sooryavanshi also stars Katrina Kaif and is all set to hit screens on March 27.