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ACTRESS Deepti Naval’s book of poems ‘Black Wind and other poems’ was released at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu on Monday, reports UNI.

Writer, director Gulzar unveiled the book while actor Naseeruddin Shah introduced the author and read out a couple of verses from the book on the occasion. A host of book-lovers, including actors and actresses like Manisha Koirala participated in the interactive session after the poetry reading.

Talking about the book, Shah said the book displays a rare poetic sensibility - rhythm, emotion and images coalesce to arrive at a voice that speaks of suffering, madness and pain. The poems deal with broken relationships, abortions, lost chances, city riots, love, suicidal thoughts, about friends from the film world and now lost and very occasionally, the possibility of beauty and joy, he added.

Gulzar said these poems offer a sustained view of the other side of life’s tapestry and sound a new note in Indian English poetry, one that captures a reader’s attention.

Speaking on the occasion, Naval said, “These poems in Black Wind belong to a particular phase of my life between 1990-95. Now that time has gone by and I have moved away from it, I am able to look back and say yes, I lived those moments.”

Elaborating to UNI later, Naval said she was shooting for the film Ankahi when she decided to visit a mental hospital in order to study for her role. When she came out of the premises, she felt she had lost all energy. She felt as if she had taken a great beating. Four hours that she spent inside the women’s ward left her completely frazzled.

Later on, in 1993 she had to work on a film script about an actress playing the role of a mentally disturbed woman and how the role starts affecting her. This time she lived with the women inside the ward.

This visit stretched to more than two weeks. It was a very trying time for her and she got to watch the women, at close quarters, a few of them even intimately, Suddenly, she was confronted with so much pain; pain on the face of women, telling the stories of their lives, she explained. She realised that the world of mentally-disturbed was also a world of stark reality- a world of the hyper sensitive and a world of the unabashedly honest. She also realised that there were a lot of women, who were not ‘mad’ but were simply dumped in there for life, because no one wanted them back. Two weeks of watching, listening and talking to them changed her perception of the world in a strange irrevocable way.

Though she was able to put down a lot of material into her script, a few images still floated in her head. It was those few fragmented images that inspired these poems.