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Actor Neena Gupta opens up on her relationship with former cricketer Vivian Richards

Viv Richards and Neena Gupta

Actor Neena Gupta, who dated cricketer Vivian Richards in the past, with whom she also had her daughter Masaba Gupta, has come out and said that she has no hard feelings against him.

“I believe once you love somebody, how can you hate? You cannot live, you cannot be together. I don’t hate my ex-boyfriends. I don’t hate my ex-husband. Why should I hate?” she said.

“Agar koi mereko itna bura lagta hai toh main bachcha use paida karungi kyun? Mai pagal hun kya? (If I hate someone so much, why would I have a baby with them? Am I mad?)”, added the ‘Masaba Masaba’ actor,

Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards were in a relationship in the 1980s. Later in 1989, Neena welcomed Masaba Gupta, whom she raised as a single mother after Vivian, who was married at that time, refused to leave his wife for Neena. In 2008, Neena tied the knots with Vivek Mehra in a private ceremony.

During the conversation, she labelled her relationship with Vivian as ‘great.’ They are often seen spending time together in some pictures shared by Masaba on social media. While her parents are no longer living together, Masaba said that her mother never came in between the father-daughter bond.

“She (Neena Gupta) never tried to poison our relationship. I am an adult now and I have discovered my own relationship with my father is great. She (Neena) lets me make my own decisions, she lets me make my own judgment and lets me decide what role this person will play in my life.”

After the successful season one of ‘Masaba Masaba’, the season 2 of the series is currently streaming on Netflix and has received a positive response.

Viv Richards was considered the best batter of his era. The explosive batter has scored 8540 runs in Test cricket at an average of 50 and 6721 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 90. The explosive batter held the record for the fastest Hundred in Test cricket until it was levelled by Misbah-Ul-Haq in November 2014 and finally broken by Brendon McCullum.

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