Diwali is about good food, good company and card parties. But more than anything else, it’s about family. So, on this special occasion, we got one of the most close-knit families in Bollywood to open up. The Kapoors — daddy Anil and daughters Rhea and Sonam — graciously let us into their home, and shared their Diwali stories.
What does Diwali mean to you?
Anil Kapoor: It’s about coming together with your family and meeting friends. More than anything else, this festival signifies the emotions India stands for.
Sonam Kapoor: For me, it’s about fun and family time. Mum makes sure that no matter how busy we are, we’re all together at home.
Rhea Kapoor: It’s always been a cosy affair with a lot of food, lights and celebrations.
Has the significance of the festival changed over the years?
ak: It’s remained the same for me.
sk: Yes. As kids, we would burst crackers, but we don’t anymore. Also, growing up, I spent a few Diwalis at boarding school. Now we visit our grandparents and relatives.
Which was your most memorable Diwali?
sk: My debut film, Saawariya (2007), released on Diwali. So that was special.
ak: One year in the late 90s, I was in New York for work, so I couldn’t be at home. I felt bad but told them, “Laxmi ki puja karte ho aur Laxmi ki zarurat hai, toh mujhe jana hoga.”
Do you remember getting any special gifts?
ak: As a kid, I’d get money and gifts from uncles and aunts. It was thrilling, especially getting crackers from rich relatives, because we couldn’t afford them.
rk: More than my gifts, I look forward to what my mother is going to give to friends and relatives, because she always does something special.
Who is the most dedicated to following rituals?
ak: Sonam is very much into Diwali. Rhea too, to an extent. Harsh (his son) has to be dragged for puja.
rk: Sonam and my mother are more about celebrating it the traditional way. I participate as well.