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Deepa Sahi is an Indian actress and producer.

Early life

Sahi was born in India in Dehradun. Her family later shifted to Canada but she continued to stay in India.

Early career

An alumnus of National School of Drama, Delhi, Sahi started off with a theater career, with strong Leftist leanings and Social Activism a core value of the productions she was involved with.

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 & 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).

Commercial Cinema

After marrying film director Ketan Mehta - who also was 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).

Her other notable films include Hum (1991) and Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991).

Her last film appearance was in Aar Ya Paar (1998) and she has not appeared in any films since.

In 2005 she co-produced her husband's film Mangal Pandey: The Rising - which was a moderate success at the box office.

She also wrote the screenplay for Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India which was written and directed by her husband. She got filmfare best supporting actress nominee for Hum and National Award(Jury) for Maya Memsaab.

Production career

She became a producer in 1993. She has produced 7 films to date:

    * Maya Memsaab
    * O darling yeh hai India
    * Aar ya Paar
    * Rules pyaar ka super hit formula
    * Mangal Panday (co-proudcer)
    * Rang Rasiya
    * Phir Zindagi (under production)

Besides this, she has produced 12 TV series and is promoter of Maya Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. India's leading animation studio. She was CEO of Maya Entertainment from 2000 to 2002 and was responsible for the long term strategy of the company and also 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 is currently producing 4 movies, two to be directed by Ketan Mehta, and the other two to be directed by the famous Sudhir Mishra. She is also about to direct a movie herself starring Hema Malini and Nana Patekar, amongst others.
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