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Film industry named ‘worst place in the world’: Deepti Naval: The Tribune India


New Delhi, July 6

Veteran actress and director Deepti Naval says it’s unfortunate that the Indian film industry is being called “the worst place in the world”, a perception she wants to change through a future book.

Naval, known for her lead roles in ‘Chashme Buddoor’, ‘Katha’, ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’ and ‘Saath Saath’, was speaking at the release of her memoir ‘A Country Called Childhood’ which was launched by veteran actor Sharmila Tagore on Tuesday here.

When asked if she was open to writing more books, the 70-year-old actor replied, “I would definitely talk or write about some of my wonderful experiences in the film industry.

“Nowadays the whole world is on the net and giving a lot of gaalis (abuse) to the film industry. It’s being criticized for various reasons, real, unreal, I can’t understand. It’s not the industry that I know.”

Naval said his experiences in showbiz were “very different” from those discussed on social media these days.

“What happens in tweets or remarks on the net, I don’t relate to it because I’ve met great people. There are all kinds of people everywhere, in all professions or walks of life Right now the industry is being singled out as the worst place in the world to be in,” she added.

The actress said she had no qualms about doing “very little work” in the films as she wanted to be demanding.

“My colleagues had made 250 films, while I only made 100 films. But that’s fine with me. If I was consumed by Hindi cinema, I wouldn’t feel the need to write, paint or make movies. hikes.” she says, adding that she now wants to work more.

Naval, who was last seen in the 2021 Disney+ Hotstar series “Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors,” also praised streamers for opening up avenues for artists.

“Today, people looking for a break can put their stuff online and get feedback. Many more actors and technicians in Bombay are finding work today through OTT.”

“A Country Called Childhood”, published by Aleph, is billed as a “comprehensive and one-of-a-kind look at the childhood of painter-actor-writer Deepti Naval”.

The actress said she started taking notes for her memoir about 20 years ago. She would sit with a recorder and interview her parents about their life together as a family as well as as individuals, she said.

“A Country Called Childhood,” however, began to take shape five years ago.

She wanted her parents, whom she has lost in recent years, to read the book, Naval said.

“I shared a lot of life with my parents through writing this book. It allowed me to sit down with them and learn how they viewed their life in old age and their struggles to earn a living” , she added.

Naval, born in Amritsar, said she wanted to be an actress from childhood and often collected photos of popular stars Meena Kumari, Nanda and Sadhana.

A trained kathak dancer, the actress said it was ironic that she had never been offered a dancing role in her entire career.

“I learned Kathak with so much passion because I thought I would become an actress. So dancing is part of the movies. I never danced in my movies. It’s really cruel,” she said. joked.

In her memoirs, Naval also writes that she ran away from home to see the mountains, as shown in the films shot in Kashmir “Kashmir Ki Kali” and “Jab Jab Phool Khile”, an anecdote noted that the writer -lyricist Gulzar encouraged her to add in the book.

“Gulzar Saab said ‘If you don’t write about this incident in your book, what have you even written about? If you don’t write about this, you don’t give a full picture of who you are, you you are being dishonest”.

The actor admitted it was a flashback for her when she started writing about the incident.

“When I met him recently at the Shimla Literature Festival, he asked me again, ‘Have you written about this?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I did!’.”

Tagore said it was an honor for her to launch the book of a close friend and Naval colleague.

“She is a sensitive actress, writer, poetess, painter, filmmaker, but above all a thinker. In this book, she delves into her childhood with admirable honesty and artistic vision.

“And the end result is a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of evocative vignettes that keep you spellbound… When you explore Deepti’s journey, you also explore your own,” Tagore said.