Mission China fame Deeplina is winning Guwahati’s hearts with her singing and acting skills
Playback singers are usually more heard than seen, but not when the singer is also photogenic. Deeplina Deka’s camera-friendly looks did not escape filmmakers and she was offered a role in Zubeen Garg’s Mission China. Born in Bamunimaidan, Guwahati, Deeplina shifted to Jagiroad at the age of two where she did her schooling from Jyotiniwas English Catholic School and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jagiroad. After completing her matriculation from Jagiroad, she shifted back to Guwahati to pursue higher secondary from Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Silpukhuri. Talking about her school days, Deeplina informed G Plus, “I was a very bright student during my school days. Not only was I good in studies, I was also very active in sports and extra-curricular activities.” During school days, she represented her school, Kendriya Vidyalaya in the regional sports meet for 3 consecutive years and national level Badminton competition in 2007, where she came fourth. She also took part in other singing, dancing and dramatics competition and events. Interestingly, Deeplina pursued Electrical engineering from GIMT, Guwahati and went on to working in the telecom sector. The multi-talented Deeplina is also a trained Kathak dancer and holds a Visharad degree in classical music. She is currently pursuing Nipun (masters) degree in the same. Deeplina composed her first solo experimental track in 2012 but made her debut in the Assamese movie industry in 2015 with “Nuari Nuari”. It was after the launch of this song that she got called up to audition for Zubeen Garg’s Mission China. The Mission China actress sang her single track “Uri Uri Jai” in 2017 and gained much popularity for the same. She also made a cover of “Hasi Ban Gaye” from the movie Humari Adhuri Kahaani that became such a hit on YouTube that even the lyricist of the song, Kunal Verma and the original composer, Ami Mishra appreciated it. Talking about her future projects, Deeplina said, “I am currently working on my next cover song which is a duet. It includes the beautiful romantic songs of Zubeen da from the golden era of Assamese cinema, and I’ve also added a few lines from ‘din jole rati jole’ in it.” She further added that she’s planning to work on melody numbers which is more her genre. Deeplina has recently collaborated with Zubeen Garg on a song for the upcoming movie “Underworld” and has become associated with Doordarshan as an anchor. She has also completed shooting for her next movie, directed by Chandra Mudoi. The singer turned actor has neither undergone a formal training in the field of acting nor does she consider it as an ideal profession for herself. Rather, she says, “I never thought of being an actor, it kind of just happened to me. In fact, I don’t call myself an actress as I have a lot to learn about the art of acting. But yes, I would love to experiment in the area and work in more films in the future.” Deeplina Deka debuted as an actor in Mission China and was widely appreciated for her role in the film. Talking to G Plus about her debut and her experience of working with Zubeen Garg, Deeplina said, “Being a debutant, it was a little difficult to adjust with such highly experienced co-stars. I was especially nervous about working Zubeen da, as he’s such a legend for our industry. But they were all so cooperative and Zubeen da played a huge role in making me feel comfortable and in boosting my confidence. Working alongside him was the experience of a lifetime and I’m going to cherish the memories forever.” While most artists dream of moving to Mumbai to explore new opportunities in the music and film industry, Deeplina has a different outlook on life. She wishes to stick to her roots and says, “I’m very attached to my home town and I want to do my best for the people of this region through my talent. People tend to run for fame and easy money but I want to change the trend and become an inspiration for the generations to come. I’d also like to mention that yes, I do have a dream and that is to sing for Bollywood.” She considers Tarali Sharma as her role model from within the Assamese music industry and aspires to be like her. “I have always believed in simple living, high thinking; and I feel Tarali Sharma has the traits of it – she is independent, strong, down to earth and above all, very kind hearted. That’s why I look up to her,” she pointed out. From the Hindi music industry, Deeplina wishes to collaborate with Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam in the future. And from the Hindi film industry, Amitabh Bachhan and Nawazuddin Siddique are the two people that she admires the most. From a professional context, Deeplina considers her patience and tolerance as her strengths and says that her weakness is that she’s too emotional. She considers her family as her pillars in life because of whose support she has been able to achieve success so far.