This year’s Holi has brought some different ‘Rang’ in Dipika Padukon’s life?
Sulena Majumdar Arora
The smashing blockbuster success of the film ‘Pathan’ has put one of the most celebrated actresses of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone on the pinnacle of achievements. Obviously this Holi has brought some different colors in her life. Anyway, Deepika is known for her enthusiasm for every Indian festival and celebrations from the very beginning. When the Holi topic was raised, Deepika said, “Though now I don’t play the game of coloring each other on Holi festival and I don’t even like to forcefully paint anyone in the name of Holi, but still I would say that Holi is the most vibrant and the most joyous festival in India. Of all the festivities and it holds a special place in my heart.”It is a known fact that Deepika prefers to celebrate Holi festival only with those who are near and dear to her heart. I could feel the Childhood knocking at the door of spring as she gives her perspective on Holi celebrations while discussing her love and enjoying the festivities with her near and dear ones.
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Deepika Padukone believes that the holidays on the occasion of Holi actually bring people together and teach them to respect the virtues of love and unity. Deepika said, “The place where I was born in South India, Holi is not celebrated there like in North India, but the most joyous thing for us was that it was a school holiday and at the same time the elders in the family also had a holiday.” I also had many friends in our building with whom I used to play Holi. In those days, organic colors were not available and whatever colors were available were solid chemical colors. That’s why I used to keep a pair of old clothes out of the cupboard many days before Holi, which I used to wear to play Holi. By noon my clothes used to turn into rainbow colors because of the color game. Not only clothes, my face, hair and hands and feet were also stained with strong colors so much that they did not get cleaned even after washing for weeks. I remember my mom used to tell me to apply oil on my face, hair, hands, feet before playing Holi so that the color washes off quickly. After playing with colors on Holi, we were asked to immediately go to the bathroom to take a bath so that the colors don’t spread inside the house.”
Deepika had said in an interview, “Holi is a festival that unites people and celebrates the victory of good over evil, for the last two years the Kovid pandemic had suppressed these tender feelings, all the excitement was gone. but thank God today. Everything is pretty much normal again. The time has come to set aside all differences and honor the spirit of love and unity.” Though Deepika looks slim and in the film ‘Pathan’, her slim body and long legs have created a stir, but don’t think that she does dieting during festivals. Be it Holi or Diwali she never forgers to Pamper her sweet tooth fiercely . She says, “Festivals and sweets complement each other, one is incomplete without the other. I love sweets a lot. When I used to live in Bangalore as a child, on the days of festivals, I could feel the festival as soon as I entered the house with the aroma of different types of sweets rising from the kitchen. In those days, what else was there to do other than playing color game with our neighbor friends and enjoying Holi sweets . Even today, I eagerly wait for festivals so that I can order my favorite sweets like Gujiya, Malpua, Mysore Pak. Deepika has been seen by her fans requesting for different types of sweet’s delivery.
Deepika says, “Holi festival is a time to celebrate, enjoy delicious food and spend time with loved ones, so I look forward to it every year. .Holi is a time when the whole community comes together to celebrate the festival and this is the time to set aside differences and share in the fun.” .When it comes to fun, the question arises, has anyone ever tried to play a prank on her on the lines of “Bura Na Mano Holi Hai” on the occasion of Holi? So listen to the incident that happened with Deepika. It happened in those days when Deepika did not appear in films and Used to live and do modeling in Bangalore. Once she came to Mumbai with her mother for a day, to give an audition. It was the day of Holi. After the audition, they took a taxi and went to Peddar Road to meet her relatives. At one place, they had to get down from the taxi, cross the road and go to the other side of the road.
Dipika’s Mummy cautioned that since it is Holi day, it is better to ask the taxi driver to take a U-turn rather than to cross the road on foot, but Deepika said, it is better to cross the road quickly than to take a long U-turn. When both left the taxi and started crossing the road by foot, suddenly a group of boys came there and started targeting them and throwing eggs. An egg hit Dipika’s mom. Mom suspected that the boys might actually be targeting Deepika. After that day Deepika became even more careful. This is the reason that despite Holi being her favorite festival, she stays away from color play programs and she hates the egg throwing game.” Now she enjoys Holi with her husband Ranveer Singh and in-laws. Deepika says, “We both try to stay at home and spend time with family during all festivals. When my parents and Ranveer’s parents gather together in these special moments, nothing can be more beautiful and enjoyable than this, but if my parents are not able to come due to any reason, then it is ok, my in laws are always there. On the day of Holi or any festival of us, we first do puja at our home, then go to meet everyone at our in-laws’ house where we celebrate Holi, Diwali or any festival together.”
Deepika did many such films in which Holi scenes were threaded. Apart from celebrating the event with her family and friends, she has also been spotted at Holi parties hosted by her Bollywood co-stars. In 2019, Deepika and her husband Ranveer Singh celebrated Holi, and the lovely couple posted many pictures from their vibrant festivities. In recent years, Deepika has also advocated for eco-friendly Holi celebrations, asking people to use natural colors and reduce wastage of water.
Deepika has also performed many super hit dances on Holi festival in many of her films, these song are ritually played on every Holi festival in every house, in the streets, in the markets and at Holi events. The song ‘Balam Pichkari’ from the film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Lahu Muh Lag Gaya’ from the film ‘Goliyon Ki Raas Leela’, the Holi song ‘Mohe Rang Do Lal’ from the film ‘Bajirao Mastani’ all lip synced by Dipika are household Holi songs of today’s generation, which transformed the color occasion into a different kind of fun and happiness.