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