characters, actor Deepti Naval impersonates in her films are real
and honest just like her. The versatile actor who has steered
clear of stereotypes and has lived on her own terms, returned
to the big screen after a self-imposed exile. And this time again,
she managed to win plauds for her performance.
Deepti’s power packed performances whether in parallel films
like Damul, Junoon, Ek Baar Phir, Kamla, Saath Saath and Katha,
or laughter riots like Rang Birangi, Chashme Buddoor or Angoor
- all proved her efficacy as an actress. But that was Deepti’s
first innings. The second time round, the sensitive actor returned
with more mature and sensitive roles with Leela, Freaky Chakra
and Shakti. And along the journey her fans also got to witness
the actor’s finer side of life too, as she dabbled with
the color palette, did photography and wrote scripts. Not to forget,
several of her poems were also published recently.
In Pune, as part of the international jury for the 4th Pune International
Film Festival, while viewing and reviewing movies the entire day,
Deepti agrees to talk about her work. And as the photo session
begins, Deepti readily gives our photographer few tips on photography.
So why haven’t we seen her in any movie lately? “Don’t
write about what I am not doing. Write about what I doing,”
she says as a matter of factly. “I have just finished shooting
for Goutam Ghose’s film “Yatra” she remarked.
Is it an offbeat film or a mainstream movie? Deepti hates classifying
films and shows her disapproval when we ask her this question.
“Please don’t categories the film,” she says
Apart from acting the lady is busy planning to take her exhibition
‘Frozen River Trek in the Zanskar Valley’ to galleries
all over the place.
She has also written a number of poetry books. Her poems deal
with different aspects of life – from broken relationships,
communal riots to suicides. “But the dearest part of the
book is a section called The Silent Scream, which is based on
the women in a mental asylums,” she tells us. A perfectionist
to the core, the actor prefers to live her character’s life
before portraying it. “Once when I was working on a script,
I stayed in a mental asylum for two weeks and earlier on I had
studied the mentally ill women for my role in Ankahi and Main
Zinda Hoon,” informs Deepti.
That’s not all. The talented performer is also doing her
bit of social work. “I have a trust through which we educate
orphan girls,” says she. Remarkable indeed! But any plans
of direction? “Nope. I am enjoying what I am doing,”