‘I’VE TOO MANY FRIENDS HERE TO BE STAY­ING AT A HO­TEL’

Ac­tor Bobby Deol en­joys a strong con­nect with the Cap­i­tal, hav­ing spent time here as a child

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Delhi holds a spe­cial place in ac­tor Bobby Deol’s heart. The Race 3 and Poster Boys (2017) ac­tor has quite a few mem­o­ries associated with the Cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing rel­ish­ing lip-smack­ing del­i­ca­cies from Old Delhi and rush­ing to meet the ice­cream man for sum­mer lol­lies, to spend­ing time with friends, on va­ca­tions at his maasi’s house as a kid. Bobby ev­i­dently en­joys a pretty strong con­nect with the city.

“As a kid, I used to come here ev­ery year in both sum­mers and win­ters, and stayed in the old Delhi area in my maasi’s house. The sum­mers are killing here, and I re­mem­ber hear­ing the bell of the ice cream lolly man in the af­ter­noons and rush­ing to have them,” he re­calls. A typ­i­cal Mum­baikar who doesn’t get to en­joy the win­ter chill back in Mum­bai as much, Bobby is fond of Dilli ki sardi, too. “The win­ters were the best time to be here… Garmiyon mein haalat kharab ho jaati hai,” he says.

Bobby has a lot of the fam­ily and friends in the Cap­i­tal, too. “I have friends here, so I am re­ally happy that when­ever I come, I don’t have to stay at a ho­tel. I stay with them even to­day. Also, my el­der sis­ter lives in Sainik Farms,” shares the ac­tor.

And it isn’t just the Cap­i­tal, but the Mil­len­nium City of Gurugram that Bobby keeps vis­it­ing. “I come here quite of­ten,” he says, and adds about the ev­er­ex­pand­ing na­ture of the NCR, “Itni badi ho gayi hai Dilli, pata hi nahin chalta Dilli mein ho, Gur­gaon mein ho, ka­haan ho.”

So much for his Delhi love — is there any­thing that he doesn’t like about the NCR? “It’s the traf­fic! Traf­fic itna ho gaya hai, just look at it, look at the cars, it’s un­be­liev­able. I don’t drive my car any­more. Thak jaata hai aadmi, with so many cars on the road. Ev­ery­one wants to buy cars, but cha­lane ki ja­gah bhi toh honi chahiye,” he says.

PHOTO: SHIVAM, SAXENA/HT

Bobby Deol re­mem­bers spend­ing sum­mers and win­ters reg­u­larly at his ma­ter­nal aunt’s place in Delhi

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