Deepti Naval is an Indian actress, painter, poetess, photographer, social worker and hiker. She was born in India on August 22, 1957 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. She did her schooling from Sacred Heart School in Amritsar and attended college in United States of America, where she was educated at the City University of New York and received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan. She started working for a radio-station airing a lot of Hindi programmes. She got opportunities to interview a whole lot of film personalities like Sunil Dutt, Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Dev Anand, Gulzar, Sadhana, Raj Kapoor, etc.
Her debut movie was Junoon which she signed earlier but her filmi career started in Ek Baar Phir in 1980 which released before the above.
She is known to be a sensitive actress and was a part of the art films and realisitic films of the 80's. Chashme Buddoor (1981) which was a light hearted comedy by Sai Paranzpe epitomised her as Miss Chamko, the sales girl who sold washing powder. Next came Saath Saath (1982) where she played the sensitive college going girl who marries against her parents wishes impressed by the idealism of her lover. How the material world takes on them later on is displayed perfectly in the film.In both the films, she was cast opposite Farooque Shaikh. In Angoor (1983) though she did not play the lead role, she still managed to make a mark in this comedy of errors.
The following years saw her doing a variety of roles in Katha and Rang Birangee (1983), Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho & Hip Hip Hurray (1984), and amidst these few art films too like Mirch Masala, Damul and Ankahee all released in 1985. Though by this time, she was recognized as an actress of substance, directors still did not sign her up for prestigious projects as she wasn’t the typical glamorous girl. After this, she moved on to do character roles and second lead roles in numerous films. Some of the films during this period did not click at the box-office. The Feroze Khan directed film; Yalgaar (1992) Mr Azaad (1994) and Jai Vikranta (1995) failed to live upto the audience’s expectations. There were lot of expectations from the Shah Rukh starrer Guddu (1995) where she played the super star’s mother. However this film too fell flat inspite of its grand star cast. Following these were Bawander (2000) and Leela (2002) which though didn’t do well, Deepti Naval’s performance was noticed and appreciated. In 2003 came Freaky Chakra a multiplex film about a middle aged woman in a relationship with a teenaged boy. Deepti Naval played this character to the hilt and was acclaimed by one and all.
Naval was recognized as the 2007 Tribute H Honorée of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
In 2008, Deepti willl be seen in Rang Rasiya and Firaaq.
She was at one time married to filmmaker and director Prakash Jha. She was engaged to Vinod Pandit before he died. Besides Mumbai she also has a home in New York where she spends a lot of her time. She has an elder sister and younger brother. She has specialized in Painting and also had Photography as one of her subjects for three semesters.