Right from her childhood days, in Bengaluru, Diwali has “always been an extra special festival” for her. But this yr, as a result of Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, Deepika Padukone plans to “keep things quite low key.” She says: “It’s been a difficult year for many in different ways [owing to the pandemic]. So, what we intend to do is, to stay at home, do a simple puja and spend time with family,” says the actor. Excerpts from an interview:
This yr’s Diwali can be celebrated proper in the midst of a pandemic. Keeping that in thoughts, what’s the sensation like?
Honestly, we’re going to maintain issues fairly low key, retaining within the thoughts the sensitivity (of the state of affairs) in direction of the atmosphere and the folks round us. It’s been a tough yr for a lot of in numerous methods [owing to the pandemic]. So, what we intend to do is, to remain at house, do a easy pooja and spend time with household. Normally, that’s what we, any means, do.
But festivals do carry some cheer and pleasure. Right?
Absolutely. Like I stated, it’s been an extremely tough yr [as a result of the pandemic] however what our festivals do is that they type of provide you with a way of hope and one thing to sit up for.
What can be your large want this yr?
This yr, on Diwali, if I needed to want for one thing for everyone, it might be good well being and peace of thoughts. And that’s my prayer for folks more often than not, even once I want them on their birthdays as I really feel that’s the true core of every little thing we do. Everything else is secondary.
Growing up in Bengaluru, what are your recollections of the competition as a child?
My recollections of Diwali is all about spending high quality time with household and buddies. In truth, that’s what I sit up for this yr as properly. When you’re in class, you sit up for the truth that you’ll have some days-off. Plus, your working mother and father would additionally not should go to work. Your buddies within the constructing would even have days-off. So, issues have been all the time very simple, and by no means too large or extravagant. Nevertheless, these recollections will all the time be very particular.
Has something modified for you, over time, vis-a-vis Diwali celebrations?
Every yr, one seems to be ahead to festivals. This yr, although, is barely completely different due to the varied issues that completely different folks have gone by way of (as a result of pandemic). But on the finish of it, a competition is all about hope, so, I might say it’s a type of bittersweet feeling this yr.
For you, what’s the most effective factor about Diwali?
For me, it’s the diyas as I’m all for the sunshine. Also, in my household, everybody’s names — dad, Prakash, mum, Ujjala, sister Anisha — together with mine, are literally completely different synonyms of the phrase, mild. Hence, Diwali has all the time been an additional particular competition for us, and lighting diyas is my factor (smiles). Keeping them prepared, readying the wick, placing ghee and lighting them, in the course of the pooja, is what I sit up for probably the most.