Deepti Naval is disappointed with the portrayal of the film industry on social media in the country. Contrasting with her experience in the industry, which is “quite different,” the actress noted that the industry has “been under flak for a variety of reasons.” At the launch of her memoirs A land called childhoodThe veteran actress was quoted by PTI news agency as saying: “I would definitely speak or write about some (of my) wonderful experiences in the film industry. The whole world is giving a lot out there on the net these days gaalis (abuse) of the film industry. It’s under flak for various reasons, real, unreal, I can’t tell. It’s not the industry I know.”
She said she had nothing to do with some of the tweets about the industry as she had met some “wonderful” people. “I can’t understand what’s going on in the tweets or comments online because I’ve met some wonderful people. There are all kinds of people everywhere, in every profession or walk of life. Right now , the industry is being called the worst place in the world,” she said.
Deepti Naval has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films such as Shyam Benegal’s Junun, Chashme Buddoor, Saudagar, Leela, Memories in Marchand Listen… Amaya. She also worked at Garth Davis Lion in 2016. She was last seen in the TV series Criminal Justice: Behind closed doors in 2021.
The 70-year-old actress may have done “very little work” in films compared to her peers, but that’s okay with her. “My colleagues made 250 films while I only made 100 films. But I’m fine with that. If I was consumed by Hindi cinema, I wouldn’t feel the need to write or paint or go hiking.” She said.
Deepti Naval’s book, A land called childhood, edited by Aleph and launched by Sharmila Tagore, is a deep dive into the painter-actor-writer’s childhood. She said she started taking notes for her memoirs 20 years ago and they only began to take shape five years ago.