her slightly lop sided half-smile, a dreamy look in her eyes and
straight black hair framing a face bereft of pancake – Deepti
Naval has sure not changed much from her Chashme Badoor days.
In town as a judge for the Pune International Film Festival, the
versatile actor talks about herself, not just as a film personality
but also as a photographer, painter, writer and a peripatetic
perpetually in search of the soul within.
The PIFF experience
It’s wonderful. Where else do you get a chance to analyze
films and meet people who know cinema so well? It’s a rare
opportunity to be able to talk to someone like Victor Kemper and
get related with his body of work, I have been a judge for the
National awards in Delhi too – these are opportunities not
to be missed.
Parallel to crossover
I happened to be the first person in the industry to do a crossover
film Wings of Hope, though the film didn’t create any ripples.
After that Leela and Freaky Chakra happened. But it’s not
as though it’s a conscious decision to do crossover films.
However, I do feel that this is the new wave of cinema genre.
Leela is especially close to my heart. Right now I am also very
The feeling of being one amongst
Elements give Deepti Naval the real high
Excited about Goutam Ghosh’s
Yatra with Nana Patekar and Rekha.
Small screen stint
I made this TV serial THoda SA Asmaan and though it was very enjoyable,
I realized that you don’t really get creative satisfaction
from television. I would much rather stay alive as an actor in
films and perhaps make one too some day.
Painter, writer, photographer
I think I am blessed to be able to do different things. I don’t
have this fear that just because I do one thing, the other will
suffer. I cannot understand when people ask me if I have stopped
acting just because I painted a canvas. Also, I started doing
other things because I was disappointed with the kind of roles
coming my way. I expected better and was just not ready to do
anything and everything. As an actor I couldn’t just repeat
Her Spiritual journeys
Ah! My wanderings! Those have been the most precious times of
my life. When I have gone away completely, traveling in places
where no one recognizes me. I do that even now – when I
feel the need to touch base with myself. The experience is too
personal – there have been times when I have just walked
on for hour’s together, feeling nature all around me, not
obliged to be anything other than what one really is. The feeling
of being one amongst the elements is big high. Last year I trekked
over the frozen Zanskar river and people were surprised to see
an Indian woman go at it alone. But I have a lot of faith; I feel
nothing will go wrong. Of course I take my camera along and have
held an exhibition of my pictures too – the first was on
Ladakh winter called In Search Of Another Sky, while the Zanskar
one that I held in places like Delhi and Chandigarh, was Images
From The Frozen River. I feel you can’t compare anything
with the experience of the Himalayas.
Of course this is a complete take off from the life one leads
as an actor and thank God for that! Because life has to be full,
I feel that if I have enjoyed the films I have done, been able
to explore other dimensions of my personality, stayed close to
nature, done my writing and kept alive the adventurous spirit
in me, it’s been quite an endearing life finally.