Proper from her childhood days, in Bengaluru, Diwali has “all the time been an additional particular pageant” for her. However this yr, because of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, Deepika Padukone plans to “preserve issues fairly low key.” She says: “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 dwelling, do a easy puja and spend time with household,” says the actor. Excerpts from an interview:
This yr’s Diwali can be celebrated proper in the midst of a pandemic. Preserving that in thoughts, what’s the sensation like?
Truthfully, we’re going to preserve issues fairly low key, protecting within the thoughts the sensitivity (of the state of affairs) in the direction of the atmosphere and the individuals 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 dwelling, do a easy pooja and spend time with household. Usually, that’s what we, any means, do.
However festivals do convey some cheer and pleasure. Proper?
Completely. Like I mentioned, it’s been an extremely tough yr [as a result of the pandemic] however what our festivals do is that they form of provide you with a way of hope and one thing to look ahead to.
What could be your huge 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 individuals more often than not, even after I want them on their birthdays as I really feel that’s the true core of all the pieces we do. Every little thing else is secondary.
Rising up in Bengaluru, what are your recollections of the pageant as a child?
My recollections of Diwali is all about spending high quality time with household and mates. In actual fact, that’s what I look ahead to this yr as properly. If you find yourself in class, you look ahead to the truth that you’ll have some days-off. Plus, your working mother and father would additionally not should go to work. Your mates within the constructing would even have days-off. So, issues have been all the time very simple, and by no means too huge or extravagant. However, these recollections will all the time be very particular.
Has something modified for you, over time, vis-a-vis Diwali celebrations?
Yearly, one appears to be like ahead to festivals. This yr, although, is barely completely different due to the varied issues that completely different individuals have gone by (because of the pandemic). However on the finish of it, a pageant is all about hope, so, I’d say it’s a form of bittersweet feeling this yr.
For you, what’s the perfect factor about Diwali?
For me, it’s the diyas as I’m all for the sunshine. Additionally, in my household, everybody’s names — dad, Prakash, mum, Ujjala, sister Anisha — together with mine, are literally completely different synonyms of the phrase, mild. Therefore, Diwali has all the time been an additional particular pageant for us, and lighting diyas is my factor (smiles). Preserving them prepared, readying the wick, placing ghee and lighting them, through the pooja, is what I look ahead to essentially the most.