Deepti Naval

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Deepti Naval
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Deepti Naval at the special screening of her film Memories in March (2011)
Born (1957-02-03) 3 February 1957 (age 58)
Amritsar, India
Other names Dipti Naval
Occupation Film actor, director
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Prakash Jha (1985–2002)

Deepti Naval (born 3 February 1957) is an Indian actress who has worked in over 70 Hindi films.[1] She has most often worked in arthouse and independent films, known as parallel cinema in India. She has also acted and directed Television serials. Apart from acting, Naval is also an artist who holds exhibitions of her photographs and paintings. She is best known for her acting in films like Chashme Baddoor (1981), Mirch Masala (1985), and more recently, Leela (2002) and Freaky Chakra (2003). She played a cameo role in B.A. Pass (2013).

Early life[edit]

Deepti Naval was born to Uday C Naval and Himadri Naval on 3 February 1957[2] in Amritsar, Punjab, India. She went to the City University of New York and received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan.[2]


Naval started her film career by playing a supporting role in 1977 film Jallian Wala Bagh. She also did a role in Shyam Benegal's 1978 film Junoon. Later in 1980 she worked in Ek Baar Phir as the main lead actress. She is known to be a sensitive actress and was a part of the art films and light films of the 80's. Saath Saath, Chashme Buddoor and Mirch Masala are some of her films from the era. She was often cast with Farooq Shaikh and they worked as pair in 7 films like Chashme Badoor, Katha, Saath Saath, Kisise Na Kehna, Rang Birangi, Tell Me Oh Khuda and Listen... Amaya.[3] Though considered as talented as Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil she somehow did not achieve the same stature in terms of awards or memorable casts.

Once she moved out of lead roles, she portrayed character roles in mainstream Hindi films but was not satisfied with the roles she got and took a break. Of late she has made a comeback of sorts with films like Bawandar and Freaky Chakra. She starred in Sudhir Mishra's 2013 movie Inkaar opposite Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh. The movie is an average grosser at the box office.

In April Naval was recognized as the 2007 Tribute Honoree of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

She is directing her first film as a director in Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish which stars Manisha Koirala.

She published a collection of her Hindi poems in 1981, entitled 'LAMHA LAMHA'.Her another collection of poems namely "Black Wind" was published by oxford bookstore in a function on 2 nd December 2004 (The statesman,New Delhi 3 December 2004).

She also starred in the critically acclaimed Punjabi film Marhi Da Diva (1989).

She acted in a daily soap Mukti Bandhan on Colors. This serial ended on 29 September 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Deepti Naval was married to filmmaker and director Prakash Jha with whom she has an adopted daughter, Disha.[4] Naval was also involved with actor Nana Patekar, and later engaged to Vinod Pandit before he died.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 NH10 Ammaji
2014 Bang Bang! Jai and Viren's mother
2014 Yaariyan Girls hostel warden [6]
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 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. ^ Kashmir was my filmi fixation: Deepti Naval
  2. ^ a b Deepti Naval. "Profile". Retrieved 22 Feb 2012. 
  3. ^ "Deepti Naval: Farooque Shaikh was not sick at all - Movies". 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
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  5. ^ "Movies: 'I was keen to come back'". 2002-08-24. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Yaariyan movie review". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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