Veteran actress Neena Gupta recently shared her unforgettable journey of shooting the first-ever kissing scene on Indian television during the 90s. Known for her candidness, Neena opened up about her discomfort while filming the TV show “Dillagi.”
In a candid interview, Neena revealed that she wasn’t at ease performing the lip lock with her co-star Dilip Dhawan, as they were acquaintances rather than close friends. Despite his good looks, Neena emphasized that such factors hold no significance in such situations.
Physically and mentally unprepared, Neena admitted feeling tense throughout the shoot. However, she mustered the courage to go through with it, reminding herself of the diverse range of scenes an actor must perform.
The aftermath of the scene left Neena emotionally shaken, leading to a sleepless night. Seeking solace, she even rinsed her mouth with Dettol, highlighting the challenging nature of kissing someone she barely knew.
Unfortunately, the show’s attempt to generate buzz backfired, resulting in an unexpected audience backlash. The makers had to eventually remove the scene due to societal norms prevalent at the time. Neena recalled that there were limited TV channels back then, and families often watched television together, leading to a collective sense of astonishment at witnessing such a bold portrayal.
Reflecting on another demanding role, Neena mentioned shooting an intimate scene in the film “Utsav,” further highlighting the versatility and dedication required from actors to deliver impactful performances.
Neena Gupta’s journey exemplifies her commitment to her craft, pushing boundaries, and breaking societal taboos through her portrayal of bold characters on screen.