When Deepti was offered the role of “Kamla”
she rejected it outright, because she was more interested in
the role of the journalist’s wife, (to be played by Shabana,)
and also because she felt that “Kamla” the character
had nothing to do in the film.
SUNDAY OBSERVER - JAN 26, 1985
A stunning persona transformation by Deepti Naval to
get under Kamla’s skin, is among the film’s highlights.
ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY -
A fantabulous performance by poetess Deepti Naval. Despite all
the punch lines falling in her lap, Shabana Azmi for once yields
ground to her one-time protégé.
WEEKLY - MAR 3, 1985
Great performances by Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval, both matching
each other in their histrionic abilities. I always knew Shabana
was a great actress. But Deepti;s performance took me by storm.
As the young adivasi girl, Kamla, her slightest mistake could
have destroyed the entire creditability of the role. But she
carried it off with supreme confidence. In fact, sheer élan.
SCREEN - FEB 1, 1985
Deepti Naval runs away with the honours by her sheer, perfectly
credible presence, no small feat when pitted against Shabana
Azmi as the wife whose bonds are beginning to hurt.
FREE PRESS JOURNAL - FEB 1, 1985
At last the much awaited ‘Kamla’ has been released.
For once, Shabana has to concede being ‘eclipsed’
by Deepti Naval Jha’s award worthy portrayal.
FREE PRESS JOURNAL -
JAN 26, 1985
The performance of Shabana Azmi (Sarita) and Deepti
Naval (Kamla) are outstanding.
INDIAN EXPRESS -JAN
Mundhara is to be complimented on getting two credible –
perhaps notable – performances form Deepti Naval and Marc
Zuber – whose talents have so far been pretty well concealed.
Deepti conveys fear, hope and devotion to the master in a genuine
and spontaneous fashion.
FREE PRESS BULLETEIN
- FEB, 1985
And while the pseudo-intellectual film critics are trying to
poke holes in a film as excellent as Kamla, Deepti Naval is
laughing all the way to the bank. There is nothing but praise
for her performance. People are saying that she’s eclipsed
Shabana and she is being flooded with offers from producers
who’ve suddenly realized her undisputed acting talent.
KAMLA REVIEW - OCT
Deepti Naval is marvelous as the frightened young Kamla, who
Jai Singh merely uses to get a story and enhance his career
NEWS TIME, HYDERABAD
– JAN 6, 1985
So far, debate on artistic achievement has revolved around the
fab four: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Smita
Patil. But this year will see the happy addition of some other
versatile performers to this clique. With fine performances
in Jagmohan Mundhra’s Kamla and Buddhadeb Das Gupta’s
Andhi Galli, Deepti Naval is bound for the paths of glory. The
most under-estimated actress around, Naval has certainly grown
in stature this past year and can really turn on the creative
juices with pizzazz.
EVENING NEWS OF INDIA
- JAN 1985
Deepti Naval seems to have stepped into Shabana’s and
Smita’s roles. Five of her films, two with major lead
roles (Ankahee, Andhi Gali) have been invited to the Golden
Panorama next year. There is also Kamla, the Tendulkar-written,
Mundhra-directed film about journalist’s experiments with
truth. At the moment in bit of legal trouble, the film is worth
looking forward to for an outstanding performance by Deepti
Naval who is shaping into a fine actress( as during the year,
is going to be a unique cinematic experience.
TELEGRAPH - MAY 24,
Shabana, Deepti and Sulabha Deshpande put in arresting performances
even if the others ought to be arrested for their performances.
TIMES OF INDIA - JAN
Deepti Naval is called to widen her eyes, tremble like a scared
rabbit and drop pearly smiles. To her credit, she performs these
WOMAN’S ERA -
Deepti Naval as Kamla is good, especially when she asks the
wife how much the master had paid for her. Deepti have come
up with convincing performance.
EVENING NEWS OF INDIA - DEC 15, 1983
Deepti Naval is so obsessed with her role in “Kamla”
that she endangered her health to look right for it. Before
the commencement of the shooting, she tried to get a tan so
that she would look like a poor tribal woman. All those hours
in the sun only gave her a sun-stroke and she had to spend a
week at home to recuperate.