Dipti Naval’s Statement

Dipti Naval is one of the most respected names in the Indian film industry. For last few days, she is harassed by a section of media that is publishing mischievous, derogatory and undignified reports about her. Breaking her silence, the veteran actress has issued a statement to her friends on facebook. We express our solidarity with her and share the text of her statement here so that it can reach to some more people. -Bargad Team.

The text of Dipti Naval’s statement:

Dipti Naval
Dipti Naval

I’ve been pretty upset the last few days over something that the print media has been distorting hugely . . . each one of you on Facebook has been totally silent about it – no comment whatsoever – and I appreciate that – and since I know you people care, I’d like to, to explain what has really happened –

Just before the release of ‘Listen Amaya’ me and Farooque Shaikh were doing an interview for Rajiv Masand in my Versova terrace flat. I had been keeping unwell those days and had requested Rajiv’s camera team to come over to my house instead of me having to go to his studio. Rajiv came over with his three camera setup and we were in the middle of this interview, when three members from the Society barged into the flat and demanded that we stop ‘this activity’ – they thought we were making a movie – I explained to them that they can sit here and watch – we are not making a movie, we are doing an interview – but they threatened to call the police on me. Rajiv, Farooq, my director Avinash Singh and his wife Geeta were all very embarrassed hearing this sort of conversation. We tried to wind up fast. Then one neighbor Mr Rajan Khurana was sent up to convey to me that the Society has threatened to call the police if we don’t stop ‘this activity’ right away. I explained again, but to no avail. After that I got a call from the Secy of the Society who was very irked and repeated that ‘We’ll have to call the police on you’. We cancelled all other interviews after that.
I was hugely embarrassed; I apologized to my colleagues and they quietly left.

I felt so humiliated and felt my rights as a resident were violated. I decided to pack my stuff from the Oceanic residence and come and stay at my Madh Island house.

I am an artist and have always given interviews in my own home – artists do that all the time – there is nothing illegal about it – it is their right.

Never mind, now this is what follows the incident.

A week / eight days ago a journalist friend asked me what I was doing sitting in Madh – and I gave vent to my frustration. I told him over the phone that –

‘The Society treated me so badly and kept threatening me with “WE’LL CALL THE POLICE, WE’LL CALL THE POLICE”, as if I’m running a RACKET here!’

Next day it was out in print – in Mumbai Mirror – the sensational headline –
‘I’M NOT RUNNING A PROSTITUTION RACKET” – and the story about the society fiasco, stating how badly me and Farooq Shaikh were insulted by the members of my building.Except for the scandalous headline, nothing wrong with the contents of the article. It was in my favour – But this is what follows . . .

Other papers have picked up the SENSATIONAL HEADLINE and implied that the Society has ACCUSED me of running a prostitution racket. I’ve been appalled! I will post those articles so you all can see how the press distorts everything to make eye-catching news! One of the tabloids has said –

DEEPTI NAVAL OUSTED OUT OF HER ‘PROSTITUTION DEN’

A dear friend, shell shocked at reading the contents in a Calcutta tabloid, called me frantically – ‘What is all this? Who has been accusing you of running a racket?’
I explained to her that no one is ACCUSING me of running anything like that – it is the PRESS that is IMPLYING . . .

Of course I’ve been back at Oceanic in the last days and have conducted my meeting there as well – I’m a little confused – should I take action against the print media or should I let it go. If I let this go, then there are people who’ve said –
‘KUCH TO HOGA NA . . . AISE HIS TO NAHIN SOCIETY ITNA OBJECT KAR RAHI’ – Imagine?
Friends from the industry feel, ‘Let the dogs bark . . . you move on!’

I was sitting there at my terrace flat yesterday evening – after Farooque and I had spent a whole day going to various radio stations giving fresh round of interviews before the re-release of the old Chashmebaddoore on April 5th – and I was looking around at my beautiful spacious home where I sit and dream, do all my writing work, invite friends, spend quality time with myself – and I was in tears . . . this sanctuary of mine to be called a ‘PROSTITUTION DEN’ –
In my heart, I apologized to my father who is no more in this world, and quietly prayed –
‘I’m sorry, Piti, see what all this has catapulted into? Please help me learn to ignore it and move on – but I will not disappoint you – I will fight for my right!’

Thank you for bearing with me – I can’t go around explaining to the whole world, but I can, to a few of you who I know, care . . .

Deepti

12 replies to “Dipti Naval’s Statement

  1. This is indeed very serious. I have seen how these societies work and what petty elements are in charge. I think you have every right to give an interview in your house. But what surprises me more than the attitude of the Society is the attitude and utter callousness of the press. These are the times in which we live. I think you should fight back in such a way that it can be an example to those who perpetrate such mischief and help those who suffer to fight back.

  2. Dear Deepti,

    I am so sorry to learn about this. No one, who has known you and your work over the decades, will ever take such comments seriously. It is a farce, we all know it, You have the support of all of us who have respected you for the choices you have made about your roles, the films you have made, and the kind of image you have projected through them all.

    Take care

    Alka

  3. Diptiji, we all love you. You are so cultured, so sober that you are still thinking over this kind of thing that whether you should file a case or not. Your reputation can not be tarnished by stupid mediamen but the man who wrote such pieces must be given some punishment.

  4. Deepti M’am,

    Really thanks for candid clarification. Since childhood I adore you as a respectable & sensitive artist. You are a strong person. Our society in general lacks civic sense & does not honour the one’s rights. Please ignore this stuff & move on. Your dad & almighty GOD will be with you forever.

  5. this world is cruel …but keep in mind there are countless people around who respect u .who believe u and we love ur acting….u r our favourite artist …last week i ve shared ur beautiful photo on my wall …..please dont be nervous….lets forget the nightmare….best luck for forthcoming projects

  6. This is nothing but the one of those cases of intolerance, cruelty and fascism all around us in our day to day life where one has to undergo such terrible humiliation and mental agony for no reason .Some members of your housing society might have acted in a very nasty and stupid manner but it is all the more deplorable that our media is so insensitive and atrocious and always trying to sensationalize things
    . Every citizen who cares for human dignity and grace must strongly condemn such ugly incidents.

  7. Dear Ms. Naval,

    People who have watched your movies and know about your work and caliber as an artist and as a human being will always stand by you.
    If anyone has lost respect in this case, it’s the mindless media who have in recent years become a joke.
    May you continue to contribute wonderful work to Indian arts.

    Thank you,

    Mantra

  8. Dear Ms Deepti Naval, I am possibly old enough to be your daughter. I have grown up watching your films, admiring you. And today, as a professional from the same irresponsible fraternity (aka media), I hang my head in shame. No one should have to go through this. If journalists, myself included, did their job well, as it truly should be, many of our problems could get the right voice. I entered this profession with that hope. But each time I read something like this, sometimes things which are even graver, every time I read about our callousness, our insensitivity, I feel afraid that the battle is lost. I can only apologise, and hope I never ever make a person who doesn’t deserve a bad word to be written against them go through this.

  9. Dearest Deepti,do not get disheartened by the callousness of few insensitive people.your fans know that there is not an iota of truth in all of this.so relax n cheer up.have faith,this to will pass.

  10. Dipti can always get an explanation published in Mumbai Times; but they are strict about printing only paid news, so she will have to pay (per cm-column) to clear her name in the manner she wants (i. e. without a thoroughly misleading headline). And yes, she should approach the press council.

  11. People in our society (समाज) that both of you, Shri Farooq Shaikh and yourself are the most respected artists. It is good that you wrote this on your blog. My friend in Mumbai sent this to me. Media plays its role. Good and bad. Things will go on. So, please do not get disturbed with this kind of stupid behavior of the media. Unfortunately, in democracy you can’t control things. So just leave it. We are with you Ms. Naval!!

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