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Actress Deepti Naval releases Marathi short stories in Pune 

The actress graced the occasion and interacted with a packed audience, all eager to listen to her interview conducted by actress Amruta Subhash at the National Film Archives of India (NFAI).

pune Updated: Jul 16, 2017 14:26 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Marathi,Short stories
Actress Deepti Naval at an exhibition of her movie posters organised by the NFAI at her book launch.(HT PHOTO)

Eleven stories from actress Deepti Naval’s first collection of short stories, The Mad Tibetan, Stories from then and now, was published in Marathi by Mehta publications. The actress graced the occasion and interacted with a packed audience, all eager to listen to her interview conducted by actress Amruta Subhash at the National Film Archives of India (NFAI).

Sunil Mehta said, “I was at the Delhi book fair and was going through the stories of that book and I realised that the book was a star, Deepti can read people from the heart. The depth of the stories was very good and I thought of publishing it in Marathi.”

Prakash Magdum, director NFAI said, “Thanks to Deepti Naval, we now have the original script of the 1970 film Chetana and also a portrait that she has done of Smita Patil and her.” NFAI also screened Deepti Naval’s directoral debut, a 2009 film ‘Do paise ki dhoop, Charane ki barish’, which was not released, at the event.

During the interview, many facets of Deepti’s life were brought out. She spoke at length about her journey into films which began with her meeting Hemant Kumar in her college, Hunter College in the US. She also spoke about her depression and how she dealt with it, her tryst with art and poems, recording a single in Punjabi and her latest project- writing her memoirs.

Popularly known as Miss Chamko after the role she essayed in Sai Parajape’s film Chasme Baddoor, Deepti still holds the audience in awe with her innocent smile and her poetic words.

“The book speaks of all kinds of experiences that I have gone through in my life, each story speaks of a journey, exploring the external landscape to the internal turmoil, which in fact has made me strong,” she says.

“I am no trained actor, in fact I can say that my entry into the film industry was very smooth; Hemant sir introduced me to Hrishikesh sir and he would joke that I should not go back to New York but live here in Mumbai, for he felt I had a future here. I trained by being part of films like Junoon, a film by Shyam Benegal, where Benjamin Gilani, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi would speak about method acting, the only reason I took up this role in Junoon was to learn from these amazing actors. My role was only in three and half scenes but I learnt a lot,” she said.

An introvert, she loved working with Sai Paranjape and calls it like being part of a friendly atmosphere where she found nothing ‘filmi’. Her real struggle began when she had set a benchmark of the kind of work she would do, that was when her trauma began. “I had reached a dead end and that is when I took to trekking which took me to faraway places like Ladakh,” she said. Now it is a part of her life. “Once you discover Ladakh, I have never stopped discovering new things every time I travel there,” she added.

Deepti also spoke about her paintings which she began during the lowest period of her life; one of them which she calls a bad painting infact led her to write a poem 3 to 4 pages long called Black Wind which brought about a change and led to her writing poetry and bringing out a book Lamha Lamhe in 1983.

Her depression helped bring out the creativity where she question whether her life was worth living... life won! I put my thoughts through my work – be it painting, or simply writing. When ever I have thought I put it down. As I have begun to write my memoirs, I have begun with my childhood; memories which were hidden, suddenly appear before you, finding expression through my writing.”

First Published: Jul 16, 2017 14:12 IST