Sahi in 2012
|Occupation||Film actress, Producer, director, script and story writer|
Deepa Sahi (born 30 November 1962) is an Indian actress and producer from an Army background, who is best known for her role as Maya in the 1993 movie Maya Memsaab, opposite actor Shah Rukh Khan. She made her directorial debut with the movie Tere Mere Phere in 2011.
Early and personal life
Deepa Sahi, an ethnic Punjabi, was born in Dehradun in an Army background and is the youngest sibling in her family. She grew up in Meerut. Her family later shifted to Canada, but she continued to stay in India. She had an elder sister who died at the age of 18. Sahi pursued her education at Indraprastha College for Women, and was a gold medalist in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics. Sahi later joined the National School of Drama with the aim of becoming a director. However, she started receiving acting offers from her NSD days, which prompted her to shift to acting. Sahi decided to direct her first film in the early days of her career but the film, Nana Karte Pyaar which was supposed to star Nana Patekar and Hema Malini failed to take off due to a recession. She is married to film director Ketan Mehta, who is the nephew of freedom fighter Usha Mehta. It is the second marriage for both of them.
In her early film career she collaborated with noted auteur Govind Nihalani and made her debut with the 1984 film Party. This was well received, and she subsequently acted in Aghaat (1985). Her thespian achievement, however, will always remain her role as the independent-minded and empowered lower-caste Punjabi woman she played in the highly acclaimed television film Tamas (1986).
After marrying film director Ketan Mehta — also a rising light of alternate Hindi cinema — she acted in several of his films including Hero Hiralal (1988), Maya Memsaab (1992) and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India (1995). She wrote the screenplay for Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India. Maya Memsaab was controversial for featuring an explicit sex scene between Sahi and then upcoming actor Shahrukh Khan. Her other notable films include Hum (1991), Trinetra (1991) and Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991).
She became a producer in 1993. She has produced seven films to date:
- Maya Memsaab
- O Darling Yeh Hai India
- Aar Ya Paar
- Rules Pyaar Ka Super Hit Formula
- Mangal Panday (co-producer)
- Rang Rasiya
- Manjhi The Mountain Man
Besides this, she has produced 12 TV series and is promoter of Maya Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. one of India's leading animation studios. She was the CEO of Maya Entertainment from 2000 to 2002 and was responsible for the long-term strategy of the company; she made many entries into other animation avenues such as MAAC, etc. After her stint as the CEO of Maya Entertainment, she returned to her first love — cinema. She made her directorial debut with the 2011 film Tere Mere Phere. Together with Ketan Mehta, she co-founded an animation company, Cosmos-Maya
- Manjhi - The Mountain Man (2015)
- Tere Mere Phere (2011) (Director)
- Mangal Pandey: The Rising as (producer)
- Daughters of This Century (2001)
- Aar Ya Paar (1997)
- Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! (1995) as (writer) (screenplay)
- Bhookamp (1993)
- Maya Memsaab (1992)
- Siyasat (1992)
- Hum (1991)
- Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991)
- Trinetra (1991)
- Dushman (1990)
- Hero Hiralal (1988)
- Tamas (1986)
- Aghaat (1985)
- Party (1984)
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