Deepti Naval (born 3 February 1957) is an Indian American actress who has worked in over 70 Hindi films. She has most often worked in arthouse and independent films, known as parallel cinema in India. She has also acted and directed Television serials. Apart from acting, Naval is also an artist who holds exhibitions of her photographs and paintings. She is best known for her acting in films like Chashme Baddoor (1981), Mirch Masala (1985), and more recently, Leela (2002) and Freaky Chakra (2003).