On November 2, 1989, actress Neena Gupta gave birth to Masaba, the daughter of renowned West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards, who was not married to Neena. Neena’s decision to become a single mother shocked the traditional halls of the Indian entertainment business.
In retrospect, the Badhaai Ho actress has no regrets about her choice. She does, however, wish Masaba had a father at home to share Neena’s parental obligations.
“Having Msabaa is the finest decision I’ve ever made. But if I had to redo my life, I’d want a family and a spouse to support my motherhood. I’d like to have the child’s father with me. Not that far away.”
However Neena is thankful for her daughter. “What I’ve got is most precious, Sure, I made sacrifices. But it’s all worth it. Masaba is the best thing to happen to my life.”
In an interview with me in 2008 when Neena got married to Delhi-based Vivek Mehra, she had said to me,
“Much as I’m thrilled with the new developments in my life, Masaba is my top concern. She always will be. I can’t leave her alone in Mumbai where she is studying fashion designing. So I guess I’ll be shuttling between Delhi and Mumbai. You see, at the end of the day it’s just me for Masaba. So I can’t afford to slip up.”