Deepika Padukone: This year’s Diwali is special for me

Bollywood superhit actress Deepika Padukone has said that this year’s Diwali is special for her because it is the first Diwali in her new home, where she recently shifted.

Padukone added that she is very excited for this Diwali and she has decorated the whole place with candles and diyas.

The Indian actress and a former model made her debut in Indian film industry in the 2006 by acting in Kannada film Aishwarya. The next year, Deepika made her Hindi film debut in the blockbuster movie Om Shanti Om opposite to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. By this movie Deepika earned her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Om Shanti Om also remains her biggest commercial success in her career until now.

She also worked in Indian films such as Love Aaj Kal released in 2009 and Housefull in 2010.

Other than acting, Padukone is also working as the ambassador of prominent brands such as Sony Cybershot, Tissot, Nescafe and Kingfisher Airlines.

Talking to reporters, the Indian beauty queen commented, “A s a child back home in Bangalore, I would wake up in the morning, light diyas, decorate the entrance of our house with rangoli  and wear new, traditional clothes. It was a time to catch up with friends and relatives. We’d run to the terrace of our building and light firecrackers and look forward to mom’s traditional Mangalorean sweet dishes.”

She also mentioned the names of everyone in her family-Prakash, Ujwala, Anisha, and Deepika – all are different words for light.

Deepika added that her parents are coming down to visit her on this Diwali, so she is also looking forward to her mother getting her the traditional sweet, which she makes herself.

Bollywood actress went on to mention, “Diwali is also a time when I binge on sweets. I don’t go overboard, but I love motichoor laddoos so I definitely plan to gorge on them. I am not into card parties or bursting firecrackers though. As a kid I would burst them, but as you grow older and get environmentally-conscious, your perceptions change. We plan to have a small puja in the new house on Laxmi Pujan day. I will also invite a few friends over who I haven’t met in a while.”

In the end, she stated that she hopes everyone has a safe and prosperous Diwali.