Deepti Naval

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{{Infobox person | bgcolour = chocolate | name = Deepti Naval | image HT CITY PHOTO.JPG </gallery>HT CITY PHOTO.JpG | caption = Deepti Naval at the special screening of her film Memories in March (2011) | imagesize | birth_name = | birth_date = (1952-02-03) 3 February 1952 (age 63) | birth_place = Amritsar, India | occupation = Film actor, director

| othername = Deepti Naval | years_active = 1979–present | spouse = Prakash Jha (1985–2002) | website = ===



Deepti Naval, (born Feb 3, 1952) is an Indian film actor, director, writer, painter and photographer. A multi-faceted personality, her major contribution has been in the area of art cinema, winning critical acclaim for her sensitive and ‘close to life’ characters that emphasized the changing role of women in India. Deepti made her debut in the year 1980 with the path-breaking film ‘Ek Baar Phir’, for which she won her first best actress award, and has since appeared in more than 90 films, including ‘Chashme-baddoor’, Katha, Mirch Masala, Kamla, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon, , Panchvati, Leela, and more recently Memories in March and Listen Amaya, carving a niche for herself in the Indian Film Industry. Deepti was awarded best actress in several International film festivals for her roles in ‘Leela’, ‘Firaaq’, ‘Memories in March’ and ‘Listen Amaya’. She also won Best Screenplay at the NY Indian film festival for her directorial film, ‘Do Paise Ki Dhoop Chaar Aane Ki Baarish’. She also wrote and directed ‘Thodasa Aasmaan’ a tv serial about women and produced a travel show ‘The Path Less Travelled’. A selection of poems called Lamha Lamha was punlished in the year 1981. Her second book of poems ‘Black Wind and Other poems was publisihed in 2004 and in 2011 she published her first anthology of short stories called ‘The Mad Tibetan: Stories From Then and Now’. As a painter her knife work with oil on canvas is distinctly expressionistic – especially her landscapes, portraits, self-portraits and sketches. She first showed her paintings at the Jehangir Art Gallery in a solo exhibition, called ‘Reflections’ followed by several exhibits in India and abroad. The still camera is another excuse for soul-searching time with herself. Her photography has been displayed in the series called ‘In Search of Another Sky’, ‘Road Builders’ and ‘Shades of Red’. A gypsy at heart, she likes to trek in the remote regions of Himachal and Ladakh. Deepti has recently made her debut in theatre, with the poetic stage show 'Ek Mulaqaat' where she plays the celebrated Punjabi writer, Amrita Pritam.


After her schooling at the Sacred Heart Convent, Amritsar, Deepti migrated to the US with her family in the year 1971. A graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Deepti acquired her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts studying Painting as her major subject and English and Psychology for minors. Her interest in a whole range of other subjects led her to study American Theater, Photography, and Astronomy. After graduation Deepti had a brief stint with the ‘Gene Frankle Institute of Film and Television’ pursuing her passion for films and acting. Inspired by her father, Deepti believes in education as an ongoing process throughout life and has spent several winters in New York doing workshops on Creative Writing.













Deepti was born on the 3rd of Feb 1952 at Amritsar. Her father Uday Chandra Naval, hailing from Punjab, was a professor, head of the English Dept. at the Hindu College, Amritsar. He had graduated from Govt. College Lahore with Honors in English literature during pre-partition India. Her mother Himadri Gangahar, a teacher and a painter, was born and brought up in Burma, where she acquired her education at the Jesus and Mary Convent in Mandalay. She later had to migrate to India during the Japanese invasion of 1942. Himadri was a cinema enthusiast. Her fascination for music, dance and drama were infused into the mind of her younger daughter through bedtime stories. Deepti’s older sister Smiti Khanna, a bio-chemist, spent substantial years working on Cancer Research at the Sloan Catering Institute of NYC. Her younger brother Rohit Naval is a computer engineer and lives with his family in Long Island. Deepti’s nephew Sanaj Naval also stars in her debut film as director ‘Do Paise Ki Dhoop Chaar Aaane Ki Baarish’.

Deepti’s paternal grandfather, Pandit Gyan Chand Sharma, was a leading advocate of Punjab. Her grandmother, Shrimati Manorama Sharma was a highly qualified woman and a committed social worker during her lifetime. Her maternal grandparents came from Himachal. These were the people who made an indelible impact on Deepti’s young mind during the years of her childhood.

Personal life[edit]

Deepti Naval was married to the filmmaker Prakash Jha and the two have an adopted daughter Disha. After they agreed to live independently, Deepti was engaged to Vinod Pandit, who encouraged her in all her endeavors. He later was detected with kidney cancer and passed away in 2001. Deepti has since lived on her own, immersed in her creative pursuits. [1]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 NH10 Ammaji
2015 Tevar Pintoo's Mother
2014 Bang Bang! Jai and Viren's mother
2014 Yaariyan Girls hostel warden [2]
2013 Mahabharat 3D Film Kunti(voice-over)
2013 B.A. Pass Mrs. Suhasini
2013 Aurangzeb Mrs. Ravikant Phogat (Rishi Kapoor's screen wife)
2013 Inkaar Mrs. Kamdhar Nominated–Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2013 Listen... Amaya Leela
2011 Tell Me O Kkhuda Mrs. R. Kapoor
2011 Trapped in Tradition: Rivaaz Paro
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Rahila Qureshi
2011 Bhindi Baazaar Inc. Bano
2010 Memories in March Arati S. Mishra
2008 Firaaq Arati
2006 Yatra Smita D. Joglekar/Sharda
2004 Eternity Mahattarika
2003 Freaky Chakra Ms. Thomas
2002 Shakti - The Power Shekhar's mother
2002 Leela Chaitali
2000 Bawandar Shobha Devi
1998 Aie Sangharsha
1996 Sautela Bhai Saraswati
1995 Guddu Kavita Bahadur
1995 Jai Vikraanta Harnam's Wife
1995 Dushmani: A Violent Love Story Rama Oberoi
1994 Mr. Azaad Rajlaxmi
1994 Bollywood
1992 Yalgaar Sunita (Deepak's wife)
1992 Current (Hindi 1992 Film) Sita
1991 Saudagar Aarti
1991 Ek Ghar
1991 Mane Geeta
1990 Ghar Ho To Aisa Sharda V. Kumar
1989 Jism Ka Rishta
1989 Marhi Da Deeva Bhan Kaur/Bhani
1988 Main Zinda Hoon
1988 Shoorveer Nanda (Shankar's Wife)
1988 Abhishapt
1987 Mirch Masala Saraswati, Mukhiya's wife
1987 Mera Suhag
1986 Nasihat
1986 Begaana Asha Mathur/Asha V. Kumar
1986 Aashiana
1985 Damul
1985 Faasle Sheetal
1985 Telephone
1985 Holi Professor Sehgal
1985 Ankahee Indu Agnihotri
1985 Apna Jahan Shanti A. Sahani TV movie
1985 Aurat Per Ki Juti Nahin Hai
1984 Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan Sahira H. Khan/Sahira S. Salim
1984 Wanted: Dead or Alive Angela
1984 Andhi Gali
1984 Hip Hip Hurray
1984 Kamla Kamla
1984 Kanoon Kya Karega Mrs. Anju Gautam Mehra
1984 Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
1983 Rang Birangi Anita Sood
1983 Ek Baar Chale Aao Gulab D. Dayal
1983 Katha Sandhya Sabnis
1983 Kissi Se Na Kehna Dr. Ramola Sharma
1982 Shriman Shrimati Veena
1982 Saath Saath Geetanjali Gupta 'Geeta'
1982 Angoor Tanu
1981 Chashme Buddoor Neha Rajan
1980 Hum Paanch Lajiya
1980 Ek Baar Phir Kalpana Kumar
1979 Junoon Rashid's wife
1977 Jallian Wala Bagh


  1. ^ "Movies: 'I was keen to come back'". 2002-08-24. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Yaariyan movie review". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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