Tinsel town denizens share their Deepavali celebrations
While Deepavali for us is all about having fun with family and friends, what about our movie stars? Deepavali is special for actor-director Ramesh Aravind as his film career was launched on this day. It is the time when he rewinds to his childhood. Though the celebrations were less extravagant when he was a child, “it was not short of excitement,” says Ramesh.
Now, the family of about 35 (belonging to different generations), gathers at his house to celebrate. This gives an opportunity for some big-time family bonding. “For more than ten years, this has been a tradition. The festival gives everyone a chance to imbue its spirit. Age is no barrier. It is a joy to watch our children enjoy themselves and when they burst crackers we ensure that our little stars are safe,” says Ramesh.
Actor Anu Prabhakar distinctly remembers being pampered by her mother during the festival. Though she burst crackers earlier, now she is a firm advocate of an eco-friendly celebration. Over the years, her take on the festival has changed. For her, Deepavali means getting reconnected with friends and relatives and to make the approaching year more meaningful. “During the three days of the festival, I don’t attend shooting. Those three days of the festival are hectic. Either my friends visit me or I go to their houses. A soothing oil bath, puja and sweets are all part of the celebration. In the evenings, I ensure that my entire house is lit up with earthen lamps,” Anu says.
Like any other south Indian couple, she and her husband celebrated the first Deepavali at her parent’s place. “My mama pampered us with many gifts. Mummy said it is an integral part of our tradition,” she said. This year too, she is all set to celebrate the festival in a grand style own minus the crackers.SUDHINDR A. B.