Masaba Gupta: Fashion designer Masaba Gupta says acting is therapy for her, not for fame

Famous fashion designer Masaba Gupta says she started accepting acting offers out of pure love for the craft and not for achieving fame or success. Masaba, one of the most popular creators in the film industry, made her acting debut in 2020 with the Netflix series, “Masaba Masaba,” alongside her actress mother Neena Gupta.

As she’s set to return to the screen after two years with the latest Prime Video series ‘Modern Love Mumbai’, the 32-year-old designer says acting is like ‘therapy’ for her and recognition is a bonus.

“Suddenly people started to recognize me. For 12 years I worked hard in design but nobody knew about it, people thought, ‘Masaba is an idea, she just makes these clothes’. Life changed for the better, i’m calmer today in front of the camera on a set and acting is meditative, it’s therapy for me.

“It helps me in my job, at home with my relationships. It’s probably because I’m not doing this to put food on my table. My validation doesn’t come from the star I work with,” said said Masaba.

Although the singer has aspired to be an actress since her early teens, she’s glad she didn’t aggressively pursue it back then, as the industry would have cast her in “typical” roles.

“It would have had an impact on my mental health. I used to tell my mother that at 14, if I had decided to act instead of conceive, I would have been a wreck. There would have been no opportunity that would come my way or very typical opportunities, where I would have been put in a box.

“I control the narrative, what I want to do, who I want to work with. It’s not for the money or the fame, it’s just because I like doing it. is like my vacation from my office life.”

The Mumbai chapter of the popular American original anthology series ‘Modern Love’ features short films by six filmmakers: Vishal Bhardwaj, Hansal Mehta, Shonali Bose, Dhruv Sehgal, Alankrita Shrivastava and Nupur Asthana.

Masaba stars in “I Love Thane,” directed by Sehgal, best known for creating and starring in the romantic comedy series “Little Things.”

While “Masaba Masaba” is inspired by real life moments, this is her first time playing a fictional character, Saiba.

“I Love Thane”, also starring Ritwik Bhowmik, Prateik Babbar, Aadar Malik and Dolly Singh, follows Saiba’s story of finding the right modern man among “the plethora of men who run into online dating”.

Masaba said she was a fan of the original series and was surprised when the opportunity to star in the adaptation came to her.

“I said to myself: ‘But why me?’ “Because acting is not my everyday job, so I was really surprised. I saw this as the greatest opportunity that could come my way. It was one of the things I knew I had to achieve because of the global scale. It was difficult because it was my first outing as a fictional character,” she added.

Produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, “Modern Love Mumbai” will premiere on May 13.