With their busy schedules, gruelling film promotion tours and other commitments, actors today barely get any time to be with their families. That is why on certain special occasions, they make sure that they get some time off to be at home with their loved ones. And Diwali seems to be all about doing just that. We talk to five B-town youngsters and ask them what the importance of this festival is for them.
Diwali, for me, is about bursting firecrackers with my entire family and having plenty of laddoos. However, this year, I will be on the sets shooting for Daawat-E-Ishq so I will celebrate Diwali with the cast and crew.
Diwali meant unending patakebaazi (bursting firecrackers) with my cousins and staying out of the house till late in the night. We would buy lots of crackers and burst them all night long. It has never been the same since I left home. We loved the process of getting the house ready for Diwali. Every year, we would make a mandir in my dadi’s (paternal grandmother) room, decorate the house, get dressed in our finest and wait for her to conduct the puja. Now, in Mumbai, I have a group of friends and we get together and party on most festivals. But this Diwali, I will be shooting for The Villain.
Our annual family Diwali dinner is at my nani’s (maternal grandmother) house where the entire family gets together and celebrates. I remember the cheerful and festive atmosphere, and the warm feeling of being with family. That’s what is Diwali for me. Since I will be promoting my upcoming film Ram-Leela this year, I’ll definitely miss all the mithai. I could never get enough of it.
This is my first Diwali after Aashiqui 2 , so it is even more special. As a kid, Diwali vacations were a lot of fun. We used to be awake till late in the night. I used to love helping mom light diyas and then bursting crackers. It was time for indulgence with so much mithai and chocolates coming home.
When I turned 18, my dad asked me to distribute Diwali gifts and made me drive around all over Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. I’d taken my friends along on that long drive. Since then, it was the one thing I looked forward to and, for me, that ritual is about family. This year, I will try and be with my family in Chandigarh. What I also love are Indian sweets and, since Diwali ensures a healthy supply of them, I completely indulge during the festival.
‘The thrill of wearing new clothes was special’
“As a kid, me and my brothers would wake up early on Diwali day and get ready to burst crackers. We’d steal from each other’s stash — and find places to hide our crackers — once we would be done with our share. The thrill of wearing new clothes was special as, during those days, we’d get new outfits only on special occasions. Now, of course, things have changed, but I still burst firecrackers (laughs). In fact, I am going to Chennai for Diwali to to do the same this year as well.”