One of the most famous names of the parallel films in the 80s and the winner of this year’s Screen award Deepti Naval turned 59 today. When asked about her birthday plans, the versatile actor said “it used to be celebrations earlier but now I like spending the day quietly. I am sure few friends will drop in. No matter you throw a party or not they always come.”
“NH10 was my first negative role and it was great to be honoured for that. It was my first sceen award also,” said Naval.
Naval who is known for playing sensitive and ‘close to life’ characters is currently working for a TV serial Meri Awaz Hi Pechaan Hai and few plays including Ek Mulaqat with Shekhar Suman. “Not much projects in line up except a TV serial and few plays,” said the actor who made her debut in 1978 with Shyam Benegal’s Junoon in 1978.
During the time when most of the celebrities are active on social media and enjoy voicing their opinion on social issue on various platforms, Naval chooses to stay away from them. “I had a Twitter handle. It was created by my nephew. But I don’t go on it. Kya krna hai twitter pe jaa ke. I had a Facebook page and used to post sometimes. But have stopped that also,” said Naval whose FB post on actor Raj Kiran whereabouts made news few years ago. Raj Kiran was found in a mental asylum in US.
When asked about Raj Kiran, Naval said “nobody knows exactly. That’s the sad part of the industry.”
The actor, however, chose not to speak about the protest against the Censor board and the FTII row on her birthday. “It’s been a busy morning and would not like to comment on such issues today.
Starting with Chashme Buddoor in 1981, Naval was often cast with Farooq Shaikh and they became one of most iconic on-screen couples of the early 1980s, with films such as Saath Saath, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Katha and Rang Birangi.