When Nina started playing she was inspired by players like Martina Navratilova. She said- I wanted to wear fine tennis clothes like her. You don’t understand what I am saying? Short skirt and fitted shorts. In those days such clothes were not easily available in India. That’s why whenever someone went abroad, they used to get the task of bringing these clothes for me. When Neena spoke to Gulzar sahab about her desire to dress like Navratilova, he jokingly said, ‘Neena, focus on your game first, make it better, then spend on the dressing part.’
Neena also told how Gulzar Sahab took great care of her during her pregnancy. Neena said, ‘Gulzar saab is a wonderful person and also non-judgmental. He gave me extra care during films. He would always pay attention to whether I am comfortable or not, whether I have eaten properly or not. He even used to bring food for me from his house. I have told earlier also how my friends took care of me so much during my pregnancy and one of them was Gulzar sahib too.
The actress said that Gulzar Sahab had given strict instructions to the choreographer on the sets of ‘Mirza Ghalib’ that Neena’s steps would be simple. Neena has said, ‘To tell you, I do not remember that I have any more pictures of my pregnancy. Once Om Puri took my photo, I don’t know where she went. Most of the pictures of that time are from the time of the film Mirza Ghalib. In most of these my bumps are visible. Looking back, I feel that I should have done at least one photoshoot so that I could remember those beautiful months when a beautiful child was growing inside me.