Navnindra Behl

Navnindra Behl is an Indian theatre and television director, writer and actor.[1]

Navnindra Behl
Writer Director Actress Navnindra Behl.jpg
Writer / Director Navnindra Behl
Born(1949-10-30)30 October 1949
Delhi, India.
Occupation(s)Director, writer, actor
SpouseLalit Behl
ChildrenKanu Behl
Navnindra Behl as a poor woman in a subplot of TV Serial Afsane
Navnindra Behl in play Agg De Kalire
Navnindra Behl with Ravi Deep in play The Chairs

Early lifeEdit

Behl was born in a Jatt Sikh family.[1] She started stage acting when she was just three years old. Besides participation in plays at school and college, she got involved in amateur theatre at Patiala a former princely state in India, and did her post graduation in Punjabi literature.


Shortly after her graduation, Navnindra Behl joined Drama Department of Punjabi University, Patiala as a lecturer. Besides writing and directing a number of stage plays, Navnindra owns the credit for training and grooming many stage, television and film artists during her career of 37 years as lecturer, reader, professor and head of department. She was Director, Audio Visual Research Centre funded by CEC (University Grants Commission, Delhi) for 3 years and has 25 years' experience of teaching production, direction and acting for television at Patiala University and as visiting faculty in various institutes. She has acted in numerous stage plays.

She has an experience of 30 years as writer, actress and director in television industry. She has directed films and serials for television, written scripts for television programmes for Doordarshan, documentaries for Central and Punjab Government Departments, documentaries and educational programmes for Audio Visual Research Centre, CEC, Delhi and Films Division.

She has 15 years' experience as writer and actress in film industry and has acted with film makers of high repute such as Gulzar (Maachis, 1996), Dibakar Banerjee (Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!), Vishal Bhardwaj (Gubaare) and Hollywood projects like The Pride and The Guru.

She has been member on the selection panels of UPSC (for theatre & media), Rabindra Bharti University & has been on the list of board of experts and advisors of Indian Theatre Deptt., Punjab University, Chandigarh, Doordarshan Kendra, Jullundur & Deptt. of Cultural Affairs Ministry, Delhi Govt. In addition to being Member Syndicate and Member Academic Council, Punjabi University, Patiala, she has been on the panel as eminent visiting faculty of Punjab University, Jaipur University, Garhwal University, GNDU University, Amritsar, Film & Television Institute Kolkata, Mumbai University, etc. Author of ten books, as creative writer, research related subjects on theatre and media studies, she has made significant contribution as resource person and keynote speaker at many conferences, seminars and workshops on cinema, television and theatre.


As producerEdit

  • Vijji Amma, a documentary of the life of social activist Vijji Srinivasan for Films Division, Mumbai.
  • Rangmanch Ke Teen Rang, a documentary on Folk Theatre Forms of North India produced by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala.
  • Dhund, Hanera te Jugnu, a documentary on elections in Punjab for Punjab Govt.
  • Many documentaries and lecture series for Educational Multi Media Research Centre, Govt. of India.
  • Khanabadosh, a 13-part serial for Department of Adul Education, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • Woh Ladki Serial for Doordarshan
  • Roop Basant Serial for Doordarshan
  • Peele Patton Ki Dastan tele serial for Doordarshan
  • Rani Kokilan tele film for Doordarshan
  • Chirion Ka Chamba tele film for Doordarshan

As directorEdit

  • Vijji Amma, documentary
  • Rangmanch Ke Teen Rang, documentary on Folk Theatre Forms of North India produced by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala.
  • Dhund, Hanera te Jugnu, documentary
  • Many documentaries and lecture series for Educational Multi Media Research Centre, Govt. of India.
  • Khanabadosh, a 13-part serial
  • Bruhon Paar Na Jayin, Stage Play
  • Sadda Jaggon Seer Mukkeya, Stage Play[2]
  • Naun Baran Dus, Stage Play
  • Kashmir Diary, Stage Play
  • Razayi, Stage Play
  • Bandmaster, Stage Play
  • Bhabi Maina, Stage Play
  • Kumaraswami, Stage Play
  • Peele Pattean Di Dastan, TV Serial
  • Wo Ladki, Telefilm
  • Roop Basant' Serial for Doordarshan
  • Rani Kokilan, Telefilm
  • Chirion Ka Chamba, Telefilm
  • Saanp, Stage Play
  • Bagula Bhagat, Stage Play
  • Daldal, Stage Play
  • Baaki Itihas, Stage Play

As a writerEdit

  • Peele Pattean Di Dastan, TV Adaptation of Novel by Dalip Kaur Tiwana
  • Bruhon Paar Na Jayin, (Adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba)
  • Sadda Jaggon Seer Mukkeya, Stage Play (Adaptation of Baldev Dhaliwal's story)[3]
  • Naun Baran Dus, Stage Play (Adaptation of Varyam Sandhu's story)
  • Kashmir Diary, Stage play
  • Razayi Stage Play (Adaptation of Veena Varma's story)
  • Bandmaster, Stage Play (Translation of Hungarian play Totek)
  • Bhabi Maina, Stage Play (Adaptation of Gurbaksh Singh Preetladi's story)
  • Kumarswamy, Hindi Stage Play, 1981
  • Aakhiri Natak, Stage Play
  • Nayak Katha, Hindi Stage Play, 1976

As an actressEdit

  • Dil Boley Oberoi, Hindi TV Serial
  • Ishqbaaaz, Hindi TV Serial
  • Peterson Hill, Hindi TV Serial
  • Mukti Bhawan, Hindi Feature Film
  • Queen, Hindi Feature Film
  • Viji Amma, Documentary
  • Sadaa-E-Vaadi, Hindi TV Serial
  • Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Hindi Feature Film
  • Gubaare, Tele Film
  • The Pride
  • The Guru.
  • Peele Patteyan Di Dastaan, Punjabi TV Serial
  • Viji, Hindi TV Serial
  • Khanabadosh, Urdu TV Serial
  • Sunehri Jild, Punjabi Telefilm
  • Pankhudian, Punjabi TV Serial
  • Roop Basant, Punjabi TV Serial
  • Mahasangram, Hindi TV Serial
  • Ved Vyas Ke Pote, Hindi TV Serial
  • Maachis, Feature Film
  • Afsane, Hindi TV Serial
  • Aatish, Hindi Telefilm
  • Rani Kokilan, Punjabi Telefilm
  • Wo Ladki, Hindi Telefilm
  • Chirion Ka Chamba, Hindi Telefilm
  • Tapish, Hindi Telefilm
  • Happy Birth Day, Hindi Telefilm
  • Ruliya, Punjabi Teleplay
  • Blood Wedding, Stage Play
  • Thes, Hindi Telefilm, 1985
  • Buniyad, Punjabi Serial
  • Ruliya, Punjabi Telefilm, 1985
  • Suryast, Hindi Stage Play, 1981
  • The Chairs, Hindi Stage Play, 1977
  • Pagla Ghoda, Stage Play
  • Suryast, Hindi Stage Play, 1977
  • Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak, Hindi Stage Play, 1976
  • Daldal, Stage Play

Published worksEdit

  • Aawan, Punjabi Translation of Chitra Mudgal's Hindi novel
  • Miss Julie, Stage Play (Translation of Strindberg's play)
  • Mahamarg, Stage Play (Translation of Strindberg's The Great Highway)
  • Takdi Dhir, (Translation of Strindberg's The Stronger)
  • Abhinay Kala, Book on Art of Acting
  • Nataki Sahit, Book on Dramatic Literature
  • Bharti Theatre, Book on Indian Literature
  • Rangmanch Ate Television Natak [1], Book on Theatre & Television*


  • Awarded as producer and director at first Indo-Soviet Russian Film Festival in 1989–90 for the video film "Chirion Ka Chamba" produced for Delhi Doordarshan.
  • Awarded as best writer by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi Administration in 1984 for the script "Kumarswamy".
  • “Akashwani Award" for best writer by M/o Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India.
  • “Rashtriya Ratan Award" for contribution to film and television industry by International Friendship Forum, New Delhi.
  • Honoured for contribution to cinema by Human Rights Organisation for the film Maachis directed by Gulzar.
  • Awarded and honoured by Manch – Rangmanch, Amritsar for achievements in the field of theatre and media.

Personal lifeEdit

Behl is the eldest daughter of dramatist and theatre personality Kapoor Singh Ghuman.[4] Her husband Lalit Behl was a theatre and television director-actor. Her son Kanu Behl is a film writer and director.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Death of farmers' dreams". The Tribune. 4 November 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ Singh, Nonika. "Born from the disquiet", Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, 11 January 2007.
  3. ^ Lovely, Harpreet. "Kisanon Ke Dard Ki Cheekh", Dainik Bhaskar, Chandigarh, 29 December 2006.
  5. ^ "Filmfare recommends: Best Bollywood arthouse films of recent times". Filmfare. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  6. ^ Khan, Taran (5 October 2015). "Kanu Behl & Sharat Katariya: 'We weren't interested in a top-down gaze on the world'". mint. Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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