Deepa Sahi

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Deepa Sahi
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Born (1962-11-30) 30 November 1962 (age 56)
OccupationFilm actress, Producer, director, script and story writer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Ketan Mehta

Deepa Sahi is an Indian actress and producer from an Army background, who is best known for her role as Maya in the 1992 movie Maya Memsaab, opposite actor Shah Rukh Khan. She made her directorial debut with the movie Tere Mere Phere in 2011.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Deepa Sahi was born in Dehradun in an Army background and is the youngest sibling in her family. She grew up in Meerut.[2] Her family later shifted to Canada, but she continued to stay in India. She had an elder sister who died at the age of 18.[2] Sahi pursued her education at Indraprastha College for Women,[3] and was a gold medalist in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics.[4][5] Sahi later joined the National School of Drama with the aim of becoming a director.[6] However, she started receiving acting offers from her NSD days, which prompted her to shift to acting. Sahi decided to direct her first film in the early days of her career but the film, Nana Karte Pyaar which was supposed to star Nana Patekar and Hema Malini failed to take off due to a recession.[7] She is married to film director Ketan Mehta, who is the nephew of freedom fighter Usha Mehta.[1] It is the second marriage for both of them.[4]

Early career[edit]

An alumnus of National School of Drama, Delhi, Sahi started off with a theater career, with strong Leftist leanings and social activism a core value of the productions she was involved with.

In her early film career she collaborated with noted auteur Govind Nihalani and made her debut with the 1984 film Party.[8] This was well received, and she subsequently acted in Aghaat (1985). Her thespian achievement, however, will always remain her role as the independent-minded and empowered lower-caste Punjabi woman she played in the highly acclaimed television film Tamas (1986).[2]

Commercial cinema[edit]

After marrying film director Ketan Mehta — also a rising light of alternate Hindi cinema — she acted in several of his films including Hero Hiralal (1988), Maya Memsaab (1992) and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India (1995).[2] She wrote the screenplay for Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India.

Her other notable films include Hum (1991)[2] and Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991).

Her last film appearance was in Aar Ya Paar (1998) and she has not appeared in any films since.[9]

In 2005 she co-produced her husband's film Mangal Pandey: The Rising, which was a moderate success at the box office.

She got a Filmfare best supporting actress nomination for Hum and National Award (Jury) for Maya Memsaab.[9]

Production career[edit]

She became a producer in 1993. She has produced seven films to date:

  • Maya Memsaab
  • O Darling Yeh Hai India
  • Aar Ya Paar
  • Rules Pyaar Ka Super Hit Formula
  • Mangal Panday (co-producer)
  • Rang Rasiya
  • Manjhi The Mountain Man

Besides this, she has produced 12 TV series and is promoter of Maya Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. one of India's leading animation studios.[6] She was the CEO of Maya Entertainment from 2000 to 2002 and was responsible for the long-term strategy of the company; she made many entries into other animation avenues such as MAAC, etc. After her stint as the CEO of Maya Entertainment, she returned to her first love — cinema. She is currently producing 2 movies: One to be directed by Ketan Mehta and one by her.

Together with Ketan Mehta, she co-founded an animation company, Cosmos-Maya



  1. ^ a b "'Sense of humour is important in a marriage'". Hindustan Times. 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Maya in control!". The Hindu. 9 September 2011.
  3. ^ "DU has a lot on its ladies special platter". India Today. 3 June 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Ketan Mehta: I must be the craziest man Deepa has met in her life". Times of India. 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "DEEPA SAHI". Whistler Film Festival. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "I am too restless to be an actress: Deepa Sahi". Times of India. 2 September 2011.
  7. ^ "No Rules, Make What You Want". The New Indian Express. 2 October 2011.
  8. ^ "I'm too restless to act: Actress-producer Deepa Sahi". Daily News and Analysis. 28 September 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Rare sighting: Maya Memsaab Deepa Sahi". NDTV.

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