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

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Celebrity fashion designer Masaba Gupta says he started taking acting offers out of a sheer love for the craft and not for achieving fame or success. Masaba, one of the most popular designers in the film industry, made his acting debut in 2020 with the Netflix series, ‘Masaba Masaba’, alongside his actor mother Neena Gupta.

As she returns to the small screen after two years with the latest Prime Video series ‘Modern Love Mumbai’, the 32-year-old designer insists acting is like “therapy” for her and the recognition comes as a bonus.

“Suddenly people started recognizing me. For 12 years I worked hard on design but no one knew, people thought, ‘Masaba is an idea, she just did this outfit’. Life has changed for the better, I’m calmer today It’s being in front of the camera on set and acting meditatively, it’s therapy for me.

“It helps me at my job, in my home with my relationships. Maybe because I don’t do this to put food on my desk. My validation doesn’t come from which star I work for,” said Masaba.

Although Desinger aspired to be an actor from his early teens, he is glad he didn’t pursue it aggressively at the time because the industry would put him in a “typical” role.

“It would have had a devastating effect on my mental health. I told my mother that at 14, if I decided to act instead of design, I would be doomed. Neither opportunity would come my way nor a very typical opportunity, where I will be put in the box.

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

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

Masaba starred 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 moments in his life, this is his first time playing the 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 in the midst of “the sheer number of men hanging around online dating”.

Masaba said he was a fan of the original series and was surprised the opportunity to star in an adaptation came his way.

“I thought, ‘But why me?’ because acting is not my daily profession, so I was very surprised. I saw this as the biggest opportunity that I could get. It was one of the things I knew I had to do right because of its scale, globally. It was difficult because it was a performance my first as a fictional character,” he added.

Produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, ‘Modern Love Mumbai’ will premiere on 13 May.

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