has always been a city of movers and shakers. While a great many
have shone brightly only to vanish all too soon, some others have
emerged as long-distance winners. This select group of achievers
has broken through all parameters, raised the bar and shown the
city what excellence (in various fields) is all about.
If there is one Bollywood actor who has always risen above the
script, re-invented herself time and again and kept in sync with
the changing times, it is Deepti Naval. From the bubbly Miss Chamko
of ‘Chashmebuddoor’ to the smoldering Kamla (of Kamla),
her histrionic prowess remains unparalleled. Her roles have ranged
from playing the de-glamorized village belle to the well-heeled
city-slicker and from the homely housewife to a peppy secretary!
But the persona of the actress has gone way beyond filmi roles.
An accomplished artist, Deepti’s oil paintings speak to
the viewer. Landscapes with a lot of depth and women with haunting
eyes are special features of Deepti’s oils and a huge painting
of herself with Smita Patil remains one of Deepti’s personal
favorites. A keen environmentalist, Deepti has lent her name and
efforts to the preservation of greenery and mangroves in the Andheri