Deepti Naval is exploring a new side to her creativity these days. The prolific actress, who has also made a mark as a nature photographer, now dons the poet’s cap.
Deept’s book, Black Wind
And Other Poems, was recently launched in Delhi
as well as other metros. It comes to her naturally,
she tells you. “Poetry isn’t really
work. It’s not at all an effort. One writes
because one is compelled to express oneself,”
she points out.
In Delhi for the Hindustan Times Hungry Hearts Theatre Festival, she read out poems from her book last Friday.
“They are also featuring three of my poems in a particular play at the fest,” she informs.
Clearly, she is enjoying her
stint as a budding poet. “It’s great
touring all around the country to promote the
book. We’ve launched the book in Delhi,
Kolkata and Mumabi (where her co-actor of a many
film, Naseeruddin Shah, joined in the book-reading
session). We’ll do the rounds of several
other cities too. I’ll also shortly leave
for New York, for the book campaign,” She
So, what inspires her to write poetry? “Life itself,” she says. “My poetry is real, so whatever I write, comes from life as I live it.”
On the acting front, Deepti has just signed “a little film that is yet untitled”. She won’t reveal much right now, except that the film will feature newcomers mostly, and “has a very interesting story to tell”.
But the multifaceted talent
isn’t stopping a t films and poetry. “I’m
painting these days,” Deepti informs with