Deepal Shaw carries a slightly unusual portfolio in show business, aspiring to be a beauty queen, and then switching over to music, although more of the peppy kind. Then, through her exposure through her music videos, decided to walk into Bollywood, with quite a few well known movies that feature her name on the casting list. Her beginnings also seem to have some elements of variedness, being born in Shimla in 1986, and having parents who although basically from Uttar Pradesh were based in Africa for some time. Thereafter, she seems to have settled down in Maharashtra having done her schooling and graduation in Psychology in Mumbai. 

Although music was the line that her parents wanted her to pursue and encouraged her from a very young age, it is not clear what her own priorities were. She had the looks for an aspiring model and took her first plunge into modeling and also was ambitious enough to participate in the Miss India 2004 Beauty Contest, when she was just 18. The setback from not being selected after reaching the finishing stages made her switch to a career in music, which her parents had also felt would suit her better.

To most people who have been following Deepal’s musical career, know her better as Baby Doll, the name of her first music album. By this time so many new genres in music were getting opened up. Music was not only getting heard but also “seen”. Deepal, therefore thought of settling for remixed versions of earlier filmy hits rendered with heavy bass and hip hop beats as her choice, instead of trying playback singing in films. She soon came up with the sequel Baby Doll Chapter 2, featuring remixes of such old hits such as Rangeela Re and even black and white favourites like Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar. 

With such success visiting her in the area of music she felt it appropriate to venture into an acting career in Bollywood. However, she did not herself harbour any ambitions of becoming a leading lady, being satisfied with small cameo roles in most of the films she has acted so far. Starting off from Mahesh Bhatt's “Kalyug”, as an actress in blue movies, she went on to act as a journo in the much appreciated “ A Wednesday”. In between she also featured in a patently adult English language film made by Manish Gupta, with the rather oddly combined name of “Karma, Confessions and Holi”. Although she goes on getting roles, like the one in the 2011 film “Saheb Biwi aur Gangster”, it may be pragmatic at this stage for her to select her priorities between a singing and an acting career.
Deepa Sahi Hindi Actress

Deepa Sahi

Discerning observers of Deepa Sahi’s film career would always be in a dilemma as to whether she has been a better director or a more talented actress. Perhaps she herself was also caught in between this duality of thought about which of her two prominent qualities she should give more priority. Whatever that may be, she has always displayed an independent trait in herself, right from the time she decided to stay back in India when all the rest of her family shifted to Canada. She proved her mettle in studies as well, being a gold medalist from the Delhi University, before attempting to hone her skills in the realm of theatre. The dichotomy that later surfaced in her versatile career, cropped up in her very first foray into theater. While she had joined the National School of Drama with the aim of becoming a director, she was swarmed with more acting offers, leaving her little option but to pursue acting. Moving over from drama to the world of films, she was fortunate to have the company of the noted director Govind Nihalani, who cast her in the 1984 film, “Party” whose cast was almost a complete collection of actors and actresses of the parallel cinema, and basically from the world of drama. For one of her tastes and preferences it could not have been a better beginning. The film, produced by the National Film Development Corporation, participated in several Film Festivals and received rave reviews. Her next film “Aghaat”, again by Nihalani, a year later, was also well received and got the Filmfare Critics award that year, featuring once again the leading lights of parallel cinema. The next phase of her cinematic career, however, got interlinked with her husband Ketan Mehta, himself a director of parallel cinema. Although she acted in several of his films, the one that stood out for its bold overtones and much discussed adult scenes, was the 1992 production “Maya Memsaab”, opposite the up and coming Shah Rukh Khan. Although her roles in various movies have drawn critical appreciation, the one performance most lauded was in the 1988 Doordarshan tele serial “Tamas”, in the backdrop of the partition of India. Her role as the straight talking, unabashed backward class woman from interior Punjab was on the lips of connoisseurs for long. As a director her first venture was the romantic comedy “Tere Mere Phere” in 2011, but it met with only moderate commercial success, while “Mangal Pandey: The Rising”, co produced with her husband earlier in 2005, fared better.

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Diana Penty

Diana Penty is an Indian actress born in Mumbai on November 2, 1985 for a Parsi father and a Christian mother. Her role in Film Cocktail (2012),with Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan capitulated her to fame. She is best known as a shy and simple traditional girl Meera of Cocktail to viewers. While she gave a strong performance in the film Cocktail that already made her a star, she was also seen appearing in minor roles in classic films like ‘Dhoom-3 ’and ‘Golmaal- Fun Unlimited, which was a pleasant surprise for her fans. After a lull in her career, she is making a promising comeback in a project of Anand L Rai for a titled film ‘Happy Bhaag Jayegi, as a leading lady and will be seen soon opposite Abhay Deol. It is a cross border love story of Pakistan and India. To be shot in Lahore and Amritsar, the film is expected to hit the floors very soon in 2015. Shortly after the classic Cocktail was released, she was in the news for having romantically linked to a diamond merchant Harsh Sagar. For her romantic affair, Diana had turned down many film offers. She was also romantically linked to actors such as Salman Khan and was supposed to be cast for Sooraj Barjatya’s film, which also did not happen. Her role as Meera in Cocktail in the year 2012, a classic film made her demanding heroine in Bollywood. Penty’s earlier career was into modeling. She got a break in modeling career in the year 2005. As a successful model queen in India, she also positioned herself in the top slots of modeling by walking the ramp for many of India’s top designers and was also the queen bee in modeling. She even endorsed many successful brands of mobile sets. She was recently seen walking the ramp for Lakme Fashion Show. Her maturity in balancing her professional life with modeling and acting gave her the position as queen bee of the glamour world. Hope she gets more offers, and brings cheer to her fans, as moviegoers find her a ’refreshingly natural’ star in Bollywood.

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Diana Penty Hindi Actress