NAVAL TAKES TIME OFF TO INDULGE IN HER CREATIVE
DEEPTI NAVAL has
always defied the norms, be it cinema or her life.
She has never been your typical Bollywood heroine,
running around the trees and dressing up in designer
ensembles. Famous for her roles in films like
Mirch Masala, Ek Baar Phir, Chashme Baddur, she
has been successful in carving niche for herself.
Deepti was never
short of work during the time she was out of the
loop. “I had many offers,” she says.
“My absence was out of choice. I don’t
work regularly, and accept a role only if it has
some meat and is different otherwise you end up
repeating yourself,” says Deepti. A woman
of many facets, she has been keeping herself busy
with a whole lot of things. “True. I do
a lot of other things apart from acting, which
help me to grow and expand as a person”.
A photographer, writer, painter, social activist
and now a poet. “I have been busy with my
book all this while, It’s a collection of
poems and is called, Black Wind and other Poems.
The book has been divided in two sections. The
first section consists of the poems from my life
whereas the 2nd section of the book, which is
called the Silent from the scream, is about the
women I met in the mental institutions”.
Deepti Naval was
recently seen in the role of a single mother based
in the US in Leela and in the role of a widow
who has an affair with her paying guest in the
flick Freaky Chakra. Trust Deepti to choose offbeat
roles, which are sure to cause a stir. Deepti,
though, says that she found the role challenging
and that was the only reason that she accepted
it. “Freaky Chakra was great fun. It was
an interesting role to play and we all had a great
time shooting for it too. It was like one big
picnic where we used to have guitar-playing sessions,
pull each other’s leg. Yeah, that was nice”,
she says reminicising. Her co-star in the movie
was a 20 something Sunil Raoh who was very adorable
in the character of a college guy. “Oh!
Sunil is a very genuine actor, and a very chilled
Films and cinema
was always on her mind,” Even though I did
my college from New York, I always wanted to come
back and do films here. Films were always on my
mind. After finishing with my college, I came
here and met a couple of film-makers and luckily
didn’t have a problem finding work for myself”.
Among her many
avatars is her role as a photographer. Naval can’t
help but praise the pristine beauty of the Zanskar
Valley where she trekked with a camera for company.
Naval felt she had a special bonding with nature.
She may like to direct a film in future. However,
she says that she has a variety of roles that
have to be tackled as an actress before she gets
ready to direct. The work on her script has already
started and she intends to act in it as well.
Deepti has had
her share of misfortunes and hard times in life-she
suffered enormous personal loss when her fiancé
Vinod Pandit, died. Deepti and Vinod had worked
together in Thoda Sa Aasman.” It’s
personal but let me tell you that I don’t
have a man in my life right now and in fact a
man is not at all on my mind as of now. At the
moment I am enjoying the life as it is and am
totally consumed with my work. There is so much
I’m doing and it all makes me very happy”
says Deepti when asked about her single status.
Getting back to
films, she says, “I like some of the films
that are being made today. There is an excitement
amongst the new crop of youngsters; they are an
extremely talented lot. I especially loved Dil
Chata Hai, Satya and also Yuva. I must say I really
appreciate today’s breed of actors and actresses”
she concludes. Some actors always remain in public
memory, and Deepti Naval is surely one of them
irrespective of whether she does films or not.