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
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 “
”. In between she also featured in a patently adult English language film made by
, 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.