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We al­ways had an el­der who would burn the big crack­ers like bombs and ladis, we used to stick to sparklers Deepika Padukone, ac­tor Dur­ing ev­ery Lak­shmi Puja, we’d go to my grand­par­ents’ house, and they made de­li­cious south In­dian break­fast Rad­hika Apte, ac­tor

This Di­wali, HT City brings to­gether four ac­tors, who rep­re­sent two di­verse sides of the Hindi film in­dus­try, un­der one roof. They speak about Di­wali, their child­hood mem­o­ries, and more..

Di­wali to me is…

Deepika: Di­wali means cel­e­bra­tion, bright­ness, fes­tive fer­vour, fam­ily, friends, pos­i­tiv­ity, hap­pi­ness… and to be grate­ful for every­thing we have.

Ran­bir: Fam­ily, hap­pi­ness, cel­e­bra­tions, to give gifts and of­fer prayers for a spe­cial year ahead. Di­wali is also the re­lease day of Saawariya (2007; Ran­bir’s de­but film) and Om Shanti Om (2007; Deepika’s first movie) (smiles).

Rad­hika: Mainly spend­ing time with fam­ily and loved ones. I re­mem­ber, when I was a kid and lived with my par­ents, we would go and meet our ex­tended fam­ily.

Nawazud­din: This fes­ti­val is all about my child­hood. I re­mem­ber light­ing diyas with friends, eat­ing and dis­tribut­ing mithai. Plus, we would wait for the sweets to come in for Di­wali.

Starry Di­wali

Ran­bir: I don’t think star­dom has changed the way we cel­e­brate Di­wali. We still cel­e­brate it with our fam­ily, con­tinue work­ing and do­ing good work. It’s the same ex­cept that, maybe, we have to record Di­wali wishes for news chan­nels now (laughs).

Rad­hika: It hasn’t changed for me. I don’t think any­one will even recog­nise me if I ever step out on Di­wali (smiles).

Nawazud­din: Yes, it has changed a bit, but only in a way that there’s a lot of de­cency in the way we cel­e­brate it now. Ear­lier we would cel­e­brate it with a lot of pas­sion, and the thrill of Di­wali used to be a lot more.

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