VARUN, ALIA IN THE DESI SPIRIT

On Repub­lic Day to­day, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan tell us the best thing about be­ing In­dian

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Ac­tors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan talk about what be­ing and In­dian means to them, dur­ing an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view for Repub­lic Day.

What does Repub­lic Day sig­nify for you?

Varun: Repub­lic Day sig­ni­fies a lot of pride in ev­ery In­dian’s heart, in­clud­ing mine. I am very proud of my coun­try, which has been do­ing so well in the last few years. It has gal­loped ahead, yet we’ve kept our In­di­an­ness in­tact. It’s day to cel­e­brate our In­di­an­ness.

Alia: This is the day when our con­sti­tu­tion came into force. So, the day is all about cel­e­brat­ing that and In­dia as a Repub­lic.

The ear­li­est mem­o­ries of the Repub­lic Day…

Alia: My ear­li­est mem­ory of the Repub­lic Day is the flag hoist­ing cer­e­mony in school. I was one of the stu­dents who never missed it. And the rea­son was that I would sing in the choir.

Varun: I re­mem­ber my dad would buy a lot of flags and they would be proudly put up in all the cars. Even when I would go to school, I would carry a flag. The fond­est mem­ory that I have is draw­ing the tri­colour on my own in arts and craft classes with crayons.

What’s the best thing about be­ing an In­dian?

Alia: One of the best things is di­ver­sity in our coun­try. Ev­ery state is like a new coun­try. Be it Pun­jab, Ra­jasthan, Ker­ala or Tamil Nadu, de­spite the di­ver­sity, we are still one. It is, ‘to­gether we stand, di­vided we fall.’ We have al­ways lived with that ethos.

Varun: I feel there are right and wrong things to do and then there is an ‘In­dian thing to do’. At times, we can show kind­ness to even our en­e­mies. And that’s how large hearted In­di­ans have al­ways been. And we have proved that through­out our his­tory. And it shouldn’t be looked upon as our weak­ness.

Repub­lic Day sig­ni­fies a lot of pride in ev­ery In­dian’s heart, in­clud­ing mine. I am very proud of my coun­try VARUN DHAWAN, AC­TOR My ear­li­est mem­ory of the Repub­lic Day is the flag hoist­ing cer­e­mony in school. I never missed it ALIA BHATT, AC­TOR

PHOTO: SATISH BATE /HT

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