3 February 1951|
|Other names||Dipti Naval|
|Alma mater||Hunter College, New York City|
|Occupation||Actress, director, writer,|
|Spouse(s)||Prakash Jha (divorced)|
Deepti Naval is an American actress mostly active in Hindi cinema, as well as a director, writer, painter, and photographer. Her major contribution has been in the area of art cinema, winning critical acclaim for her sensitive and ‘close to life’ characters that emphasized the changing roles of women in India.
Naval made her debut in 1978 with Shyam Benegal's film Junoon. Two years later, she played a lead role in the critically acclaimed Ek Baar Phir. Alongside Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi, she became one of the key actresses of 1980s Parallel Cinema, earning praise for her roles in films like Kamla (1984) or Ankahee (1985).
Starting with Chashme Buddoor in 1981, she was often cast with Farooq Shaikh and they became one of India's most iconic on-screen couples of the early 1980s, with films such as Saath Saath, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Katha and Rang Birangi. Three decades later, they were reunited in Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011). Their last film together was Listen... Amaya which was released in 2013, the year of Shaikh's death.
While she was very prolific in the 1980s, her career slowed down in the 1990s and she seized the opportunity to explore other art forms. She came back in the 2000s with social dramas like Bawandar or Firaaq, and won Best Actress awards in several international film festivals for her roles in Leela (2002), Memories in March (2010) and Listen... Amaya (2013). She was also recognized as the 2007 Tribute Honoree of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Mostly present in Hindi cinema, Naval also acted in other Indian languages, as with the critically acclaimed Marhi Da Deeva and Mane, which respectively won the award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi and Best Feature Film in Kannada at the 1990 National Film Awards ceremony. She was to make her debut in a Bengali movie under director Sanjoy Nag but the film - Memories in March - was eventually shot in English.
Naval has been active on TV with a few telefilms and serials such as Sauda (1992), Tanaav (1994) or Muqammal (2003). She came back in 2011 with the daily soap opera Mukti Bandhan on Colors. She made her theater debut in 2015 with the poetic stage show Ek Mulaqaat in which she played the celebrated Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam.
Naval made her directorial debut with Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish starring Manisha Koirala and Rajit Kapoor. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2009 New York Indian Film Festival but remains unreleased. She also wrote and directed Thoda Sa Aasmaan, a TV serial about women, and produced a travel show, The Path Less Travelled.
A first selection of poems in Hindi, Lamha Lamha was published in 1983. In 2004, MapinLit brought out a new collection called Black Wind and Other Poems. Naval is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Mad Tibetan, published in 2011.
Naval is also a painter and photographer with several exhibitions to her credit. Her works as a painter include the controversial Pregnant Nun. She also runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, set up in memory of her late companion, for the education of the girl child.
Deepti Naval was married to the filmmaker Prakash Jha and the two have an adopted daughter, Disha. Deepti was later engaged to Vinod Pandit, the nephew of pandit Jasraj. But untimely death took him away.
- 1988, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Supporting Actress, Mirch Masala
- 2003, Best Supporting Actress Award at the Karachi Film Festival
- 2012, Best Actress Award at the Imagine India Film Festival (Spain)
- 2013, Best Actress Award at the New York Indian Film Festival
|1979||Jallian Wala Bagh|
|1980||Ek Baar Phir||Kalpana Kumar|
|1981||Chashme Buddoor||Neha Rajan|
|1982||Saath Saath||Geetanjali Gupta 'Geeta'|
|1983||Rang Birangi||Anita Sood|
|1983||Ek Baar Chale Aao||Gulab D. Dayal|
|1983||Kissi Se Na Kehna||Dr. Ramola Sharma|
|1984||Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!|
|1984||Kanoon Kya Karega||Mrs. Anju Gautam Mehra|
|1984||Hip Hip Hurray|
|1984||Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan||Sahira H. Khan/Sahira S. Salim|
|1984||Wanted: Dead or Alive||Angela|
|1985||Apna Jahan||Shanti A. Sahani||TV movie|
|1985||Aurat Pair Ki Juti Nahin Hai|
|1986||Begaana||Asha Mathur/Asha V. Kumar|
|1987||Meraa Suhaag||Special appearance|
|1987||Mirch Masala||Saraswati, Mukhiya's wife|
|1988||Shoorveer||Nanda (Shankar's Wife)|
|1988||Main Zinda Hoon|
|1989||Marhi Da Deeva||Bhan Kaur/Bhani||Punjabi film|
|1989||Jism Ka Rishta|
|1990||Ghar Ho To Aisa||Sharda V. Kumar|
|1992||Yalgaar||Sunita (Deepak's wife)|
|1995||Dushmani: A Violent Love Story||Rama Oberoi|
|1995||Jai Vikraanta||Harnam's Wife|
|1999||Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail|
|2002||Leela||Chaitali||Winner – Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2003 Karachi Film Festival|
|2002||Shakti - The Power||Shekhar's mother|
|2003||Freaky Chakra||Ms. Thomas|
|2006||Yatra||Smita D. Joglekar/Sharda|
|2011||Tell Me O Kkhuda||Mrs. R. Kapoor|
|2010||Memories in March||Arati S. Mishra||Winner – Best Actress Award at the 2012 ImagineIndia Film Festival (Spain)|
|2011||Trapped in Tradition: Rivaaz||Paro|
|2011||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||Rahila Qureshi|
|2011||Bhindi Baazaar Inc.||Bano|
|2013||B.A. Pass||Mrs. Suhasini||Special appearance|
|2013||Aurangzeb||Mrs. Ravikant Phogat (Rishi Kapoor's screen wife)|
|2013||Inkaar||Mrs. Kamdhar||Nominated – Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|2013||Listen... Amaya||Leela||Winner – Best Actress Award at the 2013 New York Indian Film Festival|
|2014||Yaariyan||Girls hostel warden|
|2014||Bang Bang!||Jai and Viren's mother|
|2015||Heartless||Mother of the protagonist|
- "Not just a pretty face". 12 December 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "The art of being Deepti Naval". 8 February 2001. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- "Deepti Naval: Farooque Shaikh was not sick at all - Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Letter From Pakistan- December 2003 – January 2004". January 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "ImagineIndia 2012 Awards". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Winners". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "IFFLA Pays Tribute to Deepti Naval". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "A journey of discovery". 3 April 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Deepti Naval back on TV". 6 June 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "When Sahir visited Amrita on a cold, winter night". 1 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Awards". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
Two Paise for Sunshine, Four Annas for Rain by Deepti Naval
- "Words of Love". 16 May 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Amitabh Bachchan launches Deepti Naval's book 'The Mad Tibetan'". 31 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Lesser known facts about Deepti Naval". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Movies: 'I was keen to come back'". rediff.com. 24 August 2002. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- According to the film's opening credits.
- "Deepti Naval makes friendly appearance in 'BA Pass'". 18 June 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Yaariyan movie review". Retrieved 18 January 2014.