Deepti Naval

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Deepti Naval
Deepti Naval.jpg
Deepti Naval at the special screening of her film Memories in March (2011)
Born(1957-02-03) 3 February 1957 (age 57)
Amritsar, India
Other namesDipti Naval
OccupationFilm actor, director
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Prakash Jha (1985–2002)
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Deepti Naval
Deepti Naval.jpg
Deepti Naval at the special screening of her film Memories in March (2011)
Born(1957-02-03) 3 February 1957 (age 57)
Amritsar, India
Other namesDipti Naval
OccupationFilm actor, director
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Prakash Jha (1985–2002)

Deepti Naval (born 3 February 1957) is an Indian actress who has worked in over 70 Hindi films.[1] She has most often worked in arthouse and independent films, known as parallel cinema in India. She has also acted and directed Television serials. Apart from acting, Naval is also an artist who holds exhibitions of her photographs and paintings. She is best known for her acting in films like Chashme Baddoor (1981), Mirch Masala (1985), and more recently, Leela (2002) and Freaky Chakra (2003). She played a cameo role in B.A. Pass (2013).

Early life[edit]

Deepti Naval was born to Uday C Naval and Himadri Naval on 3 February 1957[2] in Amritsar, Punjab, India. She went to the City University of New York and received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan.[2]


Naval started her film career by playing a supporting role in 1977 film Jallian Wala Bagh. She also did a role in Shyam Benegal's 1978 film Junoon. Later in 1980 she worked in Ek Baar Phir as the main lead actress. She is known to be a sensitive actress and was a part of the art films and light films of the 80's. Saath Saath, Chashme Buddoor and Mirch Masala are some of her films from the era. She was often cast with Farooq Shaikh and they worked as pair in 7 films like Chashme Badoor, Katha, Saath Saath, Kisise Na Kehna, Rang Birangi, Tell Me Oh Khuda and Listen... Amaya.[3] Though considered as talented as Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil she somehow did not achieve the same stature in terms of awards or memorable casts.

Once she moved out of lead roles, she portrayed character roles in mainstream Hindi films but was not satisfied with the roles she got and took a break. Of late she has made a comeback of sorts with films like Bawandar and Freaky Chakra. She starred in Sudhir Mishra's 2013 movie Inkaar opposite Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh. The movie is an average grosser at the box office.

In April Naval was recognized as the 2007 Tribute Honoree of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

She is directing her first film as a director in Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish which stars Manisha Koirala.

She published a collection of her Hindi poems in 1981, entitled 'LAMHA LAMHA'.Her another collection of poems namely "Black Wind" was published by oxford bookstore in a function on 2 nd December 2004 (The statesman,New Delhi 3 December 2004).

She also starred in the critically acclaimed Punjabi film Marhi Da Diva (1989).

She acted in a daily soap Mukti Bandhan on Colors. This serial ended on 29 September 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Deepti Naval was married to filmmaker and director Prakash Jha with whom she has an adopted daughter, Disha.[4] Naval was also involved with actor Nana Patekar, and later engaged to Vinod Pandit before he died.[5]


2014Bang Bang!Jai and Viren's mother
2014YaariyanGirls hostel warden [6]
2013Mahabharat 3D FilmKunti(voice-over)
2013B.A. PassMrs. Suhasini
2013AurangzebMrs. Ravikant Phogat (Rishi Kapoor's screen wife)
2013InkaarMrs. KamdharNominated–Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2013Listen... AmayaLeela
2011Tell Me O KkhudaMrs. R. Kapoor
2011Trapped in Tradition: RivaazParo
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraRahila Qureshi
2011Bhindi Baazaar Inc.Bano
2010Memories in MarchArati S. Mishra
2006YatraSmita D. Joglekar/Sharda
2003Freaky ChakraMs. Thomas
2002Shakti - The PowerShekhar's mother
2000BawandarShobha Devi
1998Aie Sangharsha
1996Sautela BhaiSaraswati
1995GudduKavita Bahadur
1995Jai VikraantaHarnam's Wife
1995Dushmani: A Violent Love StoryRama Oberoi
1994Mr. AzaadRajlaxmi
1992YalgaarSunita (Deepak's wife)
1991Ek Ghar
1990Ghar Ho To AisaSharda V. Kumar
1989Jism Ka Rishta
1989Marhi Da DeevaBhan Kaur/Bhani
1988Main Zinda Hoon
1988ShoorveerNanda (Shankar's Wife)
1987Mirch MasalaSaraswati, Mukhiya's wife
1987Mera Suhag
1986BegaanaAsha Mathur/Asha V. Kumar
1985HoliProfessor Sehgal
1985AnkaheeIndu Agnihotri
1985Apna JahanShanti A. SahaniTV movie
1985Aurat Per Ki Juti Nahin Hai
1984Yeh Ishq Nahin AasaanSahira H. Khan/Sahira S. Salim
1984Wanted: Dead or AliveAngela
1984Andhi Gali
1984Hip Hip Hurray
1984Kanoon Kya KaregaMrs. Anju Gautam Mehra
1984Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
1983Rang BirangiAnita Sood
1983Ek Baar Chale AaoGulab D. Dayal
1983KathaSandhya Sabnis
1983Kissi Se Na KehnaDr. Ramola Sharma
1982Shriman ShrimatiVeena
1982Saath SaathGeetanjali Gupta 'Geeta'
1981Chashme BuddoorNeha Rajan
1980Hum PaanchLajiya
1980Ek Baar PhirKalpana Kumar
1979JunoonRashid's wife
1977Jallian Wala Bagh


  1. ^ Kashmir was my filmi fixation: Deepti Naval
  2. ^ a b Deepti Naval. "Profile". Retrieved 22 Feb 2012. 
  3. ^ "Deepti Naval: Farooque Shaikh was not sick at all - Movies". 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
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  5. ^ "Movies: 'I was keen to come back'". 2002-08-24. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Yaariyan movie review". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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