Neena Gupta’s recently released autobiography, Sach Kahun Toh is earning high praise on social media for her candid depiction of stories and moments that have shaped her. In her autobiography, she also talks about filming the hit dance number Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai, from the 1993 film Khal Nayak which was directed by Subhash Ghai.
Talking about the song, Neena Gupta writes that Subhash Ghai demanded that she wear a padded blouse and that she felt embarrassed. “When I first heard the song, I knew it was catchy. But when Subhash Ghai told me what my role would be, I wasn’t so keen any more. I liked the fact that my part was sung by my friend Ila Arun, with whom I had acted in many films. But I couldn’t do it,” she wrote in the book.
“They put me in a tribal Gujarati outfit and sent me to Subhash Ghai for approval. ‘No! No! No! No!’ he shouted. ‘Kuch bharo.’ I was so embarrassed. In my opinion, he was referring to my choli and stating that it needed to be filled. It wasn’t anything personal, I knew. He had visualised something . . . bigger for the rendition. I didn’t shoot that day. But the next day I was presented to him in a different outfit, with a bra that was heavily padded, and he seemed satisfied. Subhash Ghai was very particular about what he wanted, which was why he was such a good director,” she added.
In her book, Neena had also spoken about how director David Dhawan had made her cry on the sets of a film. She went on to say, during an interview, that actress Juhi Chawla had consoled her after the said incident and that she does not hold any grudges against the director but she can’t forget the incident.