, Punjab, India
Deepti Naval is an acclaimed Indian Bollywood actress and has acted in over 75 Hindi films, mostly in arthouse / parallel cinema . She also portrayed character roles in mainstream Hindi films. Deepti Naval started her career with `Ek Baar Phir` in 1980. 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. Though considered highly talented, she did not achieve a good stature in terms of awards or memorable casts. Of late she has made a comeback of sorts with films like `Bawandar` and `Freaky Chakra`. She also starred in the critically acclaimed Punjabi film `Marhi Da Diva` (1989). Naval was recognized as the 2007 Tribute Honoree of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Born in Amritsar, India, she attended the City University, NY, attaining her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan. She was earlier married to filmmaker and director Prakash Jha with whom she has an adopted daughter Disha.