THE ART OF JEWELLERY – AUG 2002
DEEPTI NAVAL – GEM OF A PERSON
Deepti Naval is better known
as an Indian screen actress but the lady’s talents don’t
stop there. Not only an acknowledged poet and painter, she has
also tried her stints at photography.
Her film credits include
Prakash Jha’s ‘Damul’, Sai Paranjpe’s
‘Katha’, Basu Bhattacharaya’s ‘Panchvati’,
and Jagmohan’s ‘Kamla’, alongwith commendable
performance in ‘Chashm-e-baddur’, ‘Saath-Saath’,
‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘Yalgaar’,
‘Leela’, she has a carved a niche for herself in the
Indian cinema. “Leela is a fantastic film”, she says,
“exploring the depth of relationships”.
It was a pleasure to watch
Deepti Naval after a long time in this film, considering her complex
character in the film; she does full justice to it. Remembering
the kind of jewellery she wore in her films she remarks, “I
wore a lot of chunky jewellery in ‘Mirch Masala’,
and in ‘Yeh Ishq Nahin Asaan’ I loved the dressy Indian
look.” Also, on her list of future shoots is a television
serial by Raman Kumar named ‘Muqammal’.
Her to-be released English
fun film called ‘Freaky Chakra’, she says is a “rectangular
love story”. She was in Bangalore for this film’s
shooting and I was fortunate to have some quiet moments with her.
Not to mention that she looked extremely stunning in a crepe sari,
with an exquisite green gemstones set. This she said “was
picked up from her designer friend Asha Modi’s jewellery
boutique called ‘Art Karat’ in Delhi.” “But
this is not my normal dressing code”, she remarked emphatically,
“I’m always in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or designer
western wear”. A trendy almost square shaped silver ring
shone on her ring finer, “I always have this ring on and
among other things I usually wear, is this one little silver kada
and a pair of small square silver studs”. It was clear that
this lovely lady is in awe of silver and stones.
is exceptionally incomparable”, quips Deepti and goes onto
say, “I love the Art of Jewellery. I like to admire the
versatility in Indian Jewellery and probably keep them as art
pieces.” “I don’t normally wear a lot of jewellery
myself though” she said laughing. Her deep, sometimes sad
and mysterious eyes and her million-dollar smile do wonders to
her face. “I have a god collection of Ladakhi jewellery
with yellow stones and corals, which I love to, flaunt around
when I do my winter dressing, and that includes a nice muffler,
with no other piece of jewellery. I love this incomplete look
in jewellery dressing. I prefer to have bare ears to go with an
extremely dramatic necklace or vice versa’.
Deepti in her earlier days
was into a lot of chunky silver jewellery, “I liked wearing
jhumkas, well, wore them mainly for photo sessions”, she
remarked. “I sometimes pick up some chunky stuff from ‘Ogaan’
and ‘Santushti’ in Delhi, and ‘Harrods’
in London. A hair designer friend of hers named Gora; one took
her to Oxford Street in London and made her buy a lot of designer
jewellery, which she’s quite fond of now. While at Bangalore
she visited ‘folio’, which she recommends for silver
When asked, this extremely
talented and versatile Aquarian had this to say about herself,
“I am a loner. I go through varied phases in life. I like
to have fun with friends around me, but then very soon I realize
that I need time for myself so I just pack up my bags, pick up
my camera and wander off. I like doing Nature photography”.
She likes reading books, and said, “I am fond of reading.
The one that I am reading these days is called ‘Memories
and Hallucinations’ by DM Thomas and another one is a collection
of short stories called ‘Marquiz’.
She took a trip to London
some time ago to exhibit her photography in aid of The Consortium
For Street Children. This exhibition titled ‘In Search Of
The Sky’, at the Nehru Centre in London was organized in
order to raise money for the charity. Deepti Naval’s landscape
photographs of Ladakh, Northern India, portray a wildly beautiful
desert region high in the Western Himalayas also known as “Little
Tibet”. Working at extreme temperatures and miles across
deserted lands, Deepti described her experience, “It was
a time for reflection, a time for introspection. Some of those
moments I’ve to capture with my camera this winter.”
Her mother’s heavy
gold jhumkas, worn by her mom on her wedding day, later gifted
to Deepti are among her most treasured possessions. Sadly, they
got stolen from home sometime back. There is apparently one neckpiece,
which she treasures the most, “My mother gave me a beautiful
Gold Kundan necklace also, which belonged to her and hence is
dear to my heart.” Deepti on a serious note remarks, I am
not crazy about diamonds, pearls or even yellow gold. It somehow
does not reflect the kind of personality I have. I am in love
with stones and feel that stones can do amazing thing to a person”.
dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into
his pictures”, aptly quoted for an artist in true sense
of the word. An artist named Deepti Naval.
By Namita Gupta.