Mouni Roy is celebrating her favourite festival, Durga Puja, at her home in Mumbai this year. Talking about the festivities, the Gold actress says, “The pandemic is not over yet, but I am happy that people are following protocols as they participate in the festivities like Navratri and Durga Pujo. It is a low-key celebration at home, but I am in Mumbai this year and I am making the most of it.”
Remembering the fun she would have in her hometown Cooch Behar, West Bengal, during the festival, she shares, “Every year, I would look forward to hanging out with family, visiting pandals, dressing up, doing puja and the other rituals. It was nice to see little girls in their traditional attires. Everything would be so bright and colourful. In my hometown, entire streets would be lit up with bright lights and it looked so beautiful. I remember as kids, on
Dashami, we would get money and sweets from our elders.” Due to her busy schedule, it became difficult for the actress to visit her hometown during Durga Puja over the years. However, her family ensured that she didn’t feel lonely in Mumbai during such occasions. Mouni says, “My mom and brother would make it a point to visit me in Mumbai during the festivities.”
“We would visit various pandals across the city. In these two years, that hasn’t happened, but I hope that next year the festival will be celebrated in full gusto,” Mouni says.
While she gets to be with her mother and brother during the festival, it is her father who she misses the most. Mouni shares, “In Cooch Behar, my dad and I would set out early in the morning to see different Maa Durga murtis. In the evenings, we would visit the same places with other family members and friends, as the pandals would all be lit up and look completely different.”
Talking about why the festival remains special for her, the actress says, “Durga Puja has been an integral part of all our functions. I have grown up watching it. I can’t be more thankful for everything that Durga Maa has blessed me with. I know she will give me whatever is good for me and whatever I am destined to have.”