“Judwaa 2” actress Taapsee Pannu is now strongly in support of a firecracker-free Diwali despite having loved them as a child.
Taapsee is currently in New Delhi to celebrate Diwali with her family. The actress has shared some of her memories with her fans on the occasion this year.
Pannu said that while growing up in Delhi, she loved patakhe (fireworks). However, her father never got them for her as he said that they were not good for anyone. Unwilling to accept her father’s answer, Pannu went to her uncle and asked him to get her firecrackers, which he would do in secret.
These days, Taapsee realises that her father was right.
“I never liked bombs that made scary sounds. In school, some students would hide those bombs in toilets and I would really get scared," Taapsee said.
“Instead of firecrackers, it is always good to pass time with close ones by dancing, having good food and all. My idea of Diwali now is to eat lots of good food, dance and have fun. I try to be in Delhi for Diwali. My sister and I begin the day with making rangoli. We try to be at our creative best and even then it looks like some first or second standard kid has made it, but we take great pride in our creation. We then decide the menu for dinner, as most of our relatives live close to our place and we all get together for dinner. We rarely go out, though sometimes we go to the gurudwara to light candles,” she added.
Taapsee grew up in west Delhi and she stopped using firecrackers a few years ago. "I remember this one particular Diwali that changed things for me. When we came home after bursting crackers, I couldn't see things inside my own house due to smoke. We live in a decent sized apartment in Delhi and I was unable to see the kitchen from my bedroom. I then realised how much smoke we inhale because of crackers, and that we all should do something about it. After seeing the smog in Delhi and being a Delhi girl, I don't have the heart to ruin my city by bursting firecrackers. Despite the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi, I did see some roadside hawkers selling them slyly," she said.