Deepti Naval

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Deepti Naval
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Deepti Naval
Born (1957-02-03) 3 February 1957 (age 58)
Amritsar, lndia
Other names Dipti Naval
Occupation Film actor, director
Years active 1979–present

Deepti Naval is an Indian actress, director, writer, painter, and photographer born in Amritsar, Punjab India. 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 roles of women in India. She has acted in over 90 Hindi films.[1]

She made her debut with the movie Ek Baar Phir in the year 1979 and has acted in more than 60 films since then. Among these are Chashmebaddoor, Kamla, Mirch Masala, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon, Panchvati, and more recently, Leela and Freaky Chakra. She also wrote and directed Thodasa Aasmaan, a TV serial about women, and produced a travel show called The Path Less Traveled. A selection of poems in Hindi, Lamha-Lamha was published in 1983 and more recently, MapinLit brought out a new collection called BLACK WIND and Other Poems. She is also a painter and photographer with several exhibitions to her credit and enjoys trekking in the remote mountains of Himachal and Ladakh. She also runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, set up in memory of her late companion, for the education of the girl child.[2]

Naval is also a painter whose works include the controversial Pregnant Nun.[3]


Deepti made her debut in the 1980 with the 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, Memories in March and Listen Amaya, and more recently NH-10 and Heartless, 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 had won the 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 Thoda Sa Aasmaan a TV serial about women and produced a travel show The Path Less Travelled.[citation needed]

She was often cast in films with 'Farooq Shaikh' and they worked as pair in many films such as Chashme Badoor, Katha, Saath Saath, Kisise Na Kehna, Rang Birangi, Tell Me Oh Khuda and Listen... Amaya.[4]

In April Deepti Naval was recognized as the 2007 Tribute Honoree of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. It is after her comeback that she directed her first film as a director in Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish which stars Manisha Koirala and Rajit Kapoor. Deepti 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. Deepti has recently made her debut in theatre, with the poetic stage show Ek Mulaqaat where she plays the celebrated Punjabi writer, Amrita Pritam.

Personal life[edit]

Deepti Naval was married to the filmmaker and director Prakash Jha and the two have an adopted daughter Disha. Deepti was later engaged to Vinod Pandit, the singer and nephew of Pandit Jasraj ji. But untimely death took him away. Since then Deepti has been on her own pursuing her creative career.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Junoon Rashid's wife
1979 Jallian Wala Bagh
1980 Hum Paanch Lajiya
1980 Ek Baar Phir Kalpana Kumar
1981 Chashme Buddoor Neha Rajan
1982 Angoor Tanu
1982 Saath Saath Geetanjali Gupta 'Geeta'
1982 Shriman Shrimati Veena
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
1984 Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
1984 Kanoon Kya Karega Mrs. Anju Gautam Mehra
1984 Kamla Kamla
1984 Hip Hip Hurray
1984 Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan Sahira H. Khan/Sahira S. Salim
1984 Wanted: Dead or Alive Angela
1984 Andhi Gali
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
1986 Aashiana
1986 Begaana Asha Mathur/Asha V. Kumar
1986 Nasihat
1987 Mera Suhag
1987 Mirch Masala Saraswati, Mukhiya's wife
1988 Abhishapt
1988 Shoorveer Nanda (Shankar's Wife)
1988 Main Zinda Hoon
1989 Marhi Da Deeva Bhan Kaur/Bhani
1989 Jism Ka Rishta
1990 Ghar Ho To Aisa Sharda V. Kumar
1991 Mane Geeta
1991 Ek Ghar
1991 Saudagar Aarti
1992 current Sita
1992 Yalgaar Sunita (Deepak's wife)
1994 Bollywood
1994 Mr. Azaad Rajlaxmi
1995 Dushmani: A Violent Love Story Rama Oberoi
1995 Jai Vikraanta Harnam's Wife
1995 Guddu Kavita Bahadur
1996 Sautela Bhai Saraswati
1998 Aie Sangharsha
2000 Bawandar Shobha Devi
2002 Leela Chaitali
2002 Shakti - The Power Shekhar's mother
2003 Freaky Chakra Ms. Thomas
2004 Eternity Mahattarika
2006 Yatra Smita D. Joglekar/Sharda
2008 Firaaq Arati
2011 Tell Me O Kkhuda Mrs. R. Kapoor
2010 Memories in March Arati S. Mishra
2011 Trapped in Tradition: Rivaaz Paro
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Rahila Qureshi
2011 Bhindi Baazaar Inc. Bano
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
2014 Yaariyan Girls hostel warden [6]
2014 Bang Bang! Jai and Viren's mother
2015 NH10 Ammaji
2015 Heartless Mother of the protagonist
2015 Tevar


  1. ^ "Kashmir was my film fixation: Deepti Naval". 
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  3. ^ "Lesser known facts about Deepti Naval". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Deepti Naval: Farooque Shaikh was not sick at all - Movies". 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  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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