DEEPTI NAVAL TAKES TIME OFF TO
INDULGE IN HER CREATIVE HOBBIES
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
out a 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. “Sunil is a very sensitive 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. "I am enjoying being
by myself now and am totally consumed with my work. there is no
man in my life and man is not on my mind. There is so much I want
to do, and yes, I'm 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.