decades ago, Deepti Naval bought a “very restricting”
two-bedroom terrace flat. Over the years, she has applied her
artistic expertise, picked up (and assembled) interesting furniture
and added lots of candles to transform it into a spacious den.
The most innovative: A centre table that uses an old bathtub and
a bathroom door! Anupama P Shenoy takes a peek into an apartment
that reflects as many moods as its owner.
Deepti Naval came to Mumbai from New York with the sole purpose
of joining the film industry.
The art graduate felt the need to express herself through acting.
Strangely, she didn’t start painting until much later into
her acting career. She has made a comeback to the Hindi Film industry
with Shakti,Leela and the soon-to-be-released Freaky Chakra. About
her choices she says, “It’s important for a woman
to not have to choose between all the things she wants to do.
You should do anything you want!” True to this need to explore
new avenues, the dusky actress is now working on three film scripts
and looking forward to a cross-country drive in her new Scorpio
What is your personal
Casual. I’m not brand conscious. I just pick up comfortable
clothes, mostly when I travel abroad. For formal occasions, I
A piece of furniture
that every home should have?
A set of catalogue drawers. It can really organize your life.
Your most extravagant
My Calvin Klein crockery set. It has the European, old-world charm
about it and is the only branded home accessory that I have. I
like his lines.
A book that has had
a great impact on your life?
Van Gogh’s Lust For Life. I studied art in New York and
graduated with a major in painting.
Your favourite work
‘Pieta by Michelangelo.
Your all-time favourite
Chashm-e-buddhoor (one of her earliest films with Faarouque Sheikh,
loosely based on the story of The Three Amigos). It keeps me in
splilts every time I watch it.
Your experience of
working with the younger generation of actors?
They are an energetic bunch. I prefer to work with younger people
because they have a fresh perspective to life. I believe that
I vibe better with them then I do with people my age. Maybe because
I’m still young at heart!
What kind of roles
do you look for?
I think I should only choose more complex roles. Like my character
I Freaky Chakra. I enjoyed playing an eccentric, despicable 40-year-old
doctor who falls in love with her 24-year-old paying guest. And
to make sure that I find such roles I’ve taken to writing
Your biggest indulgence?
Travel. I don’t mind not buying clothes and accessories.
I prefer to save up to travel or buy books.
How does it feel to
live alone in a big city?
I like my space so I’m not complaining. Also, I’m
and avid trekker. I get friends together and take off whenever
we can. I’m never in town if I don’t have work. Besides,
I visit my parents in the US for about four months every year.