They leave the comfort of their homes to pursue their dreams. But most television actors prefer celebrating Diwali with their family.
Actress Natasha Sharma, Sia of Na Aana Is Des Laado, is planning a trip to Delhi. “I am going to surprise Ma and Papa. I will be putting Rangoli and will be splurging all my money on shopping for my family,” she said.
Popular Bengali actress Indrani Haldar, seen as Devyani in Maryaada, is also planning a trip to Kolkata. “We do a very big Kali puja at home, and call all our relatives, friends and neighbours for this,” said Haldar, a National Award winner for her performance in Rituparno Ghosh’s Dahan in 1997.
Tina Dutta, Ichcha in Uttaran, will join her family in the US. “This Diwali is going to be an international one,” said Dutta. “When I was in Kolkata, Diwali used to be so much fun with the whole family coming together for Kali Puja,” she added.
Many, who have now permanently shifted base to Mumbai, have their plans as well. Harshad Chopra, of Left Right Left, says, “My Diwali will be very special as I’m going to celebrate it in my new house.”
Says actor Iqbal Khan, “Diwali is a very special for my wife Sneha and me. We spend these three days together, at home, in blissful solitude.” Shashank Vyas, who plays Jagdish in Balika Vadhu, would love to spend time with his family in Ujjain. “I think I’ll be shooting on Diwali too, but I’ll ensure I celebrate it with the unit,” said Vyas.