Neena Gupta, the veteran Hindi actor, announced on Instagram on Friday that her autobiography Sach Kahun Toh will release on June 14.
The book, published by Penguin Random House India, will narrate her journey from her time at the National School of Drama to moving to Mumbai in the 80s and her single parenthood, according to a report in PTI.
In a video shared on her social media handle, the actor shared that that the book, which she wrote during the Covid-19 induced lockdown in 2020, is available for pre-order. “I thought in these very difficult and gloomy times when we are stuck at home, we are sad and anxious, maybe my book will help you tide some of the tough days,” Gupta said in the video.
The book addresses issues like casting couch, film industry politics, and also talks about what it takes for a young actor to survive without a godfather or guide, the PTI report stated.
“Sach Kahun Toh is a candid, self-deprecating portrait of the person behind the persona, detailing her life’s many choices, her battles against stereotypes, then and now, and how she may not be as unconventional as people think her to be,” the publisher said in a statement.
In 2017, Gupta made headlines when she asked for work in an Instagram post. She later revealed that she had received five offers after the post. Since then, she has acted in films like Badhaai Ho, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, and Panga. In her latest film, Sardar Ka Grandson, Gupta played the role of a 90-year-old grumpy matriarch who wishes to see her home in Lahore one last time. The film, which also starred Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh, released on Netflix on May 18.
Gupta started her career in 1982 and since then has won several awards for her performances in Indian and international films. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a young widow in Woh Chokri (1994).