“My mom’s maternal, ancestral house is in Chennai, and for a long time, we couldn’t stay there as some renovations needed to be done. Papa finally managed to get it done. It is a beach house, which was mom’s dream. We were so busy with our lives in Mumbai that we never paid attention to doing up this house. Kudos to my dad that he could pull it off in the midst of the pandemic. I’m so happy with what he has done with the house, and he’s so emotional about it. He told Khushi and me, ‘It was your mom’s dream, and she always wanted both of you to spend time in this house’. So, this was a very special trip for all of us, and to meet her side of the family after so long was great,” says the actress on an emotional note.
Talking about Diwali celebrations back home in Mumbai, she says, “My mom would always say that on the day of Diwali, on New Year and our birthdays, we should wear something new and bright. I will definitely wear something new, and I will be dressing up after a really long time, so I am excited about it. We will do a small
puja at home like we always do, and that will be our celebration.”
Ask her who takes on the charge of prepping the house for the festival and she explains, “My mom had a well-oiled system for what had to be done and all the prep that was required for the festival at home. So, our main house staff sets up the house and decks it up with lights, flowers and
Given that the pre-Diwali period was all about connecting with her roots and bonding with people who she loves deeply, Janhvi shares a sweet childhood memory of the festival with us. “When we used to visit mom’s Chennai house as kids, we would go out on the streets to see the lights, and then get together and have delicious South Indian delicacies and mango juice. I was always obsessed with mango juice for some reason, and I guess since then I associate mango juice with Diwali,” recalls the actress.
Earlier this year, the actress impressed the audience with her performance in ‘Gunjan Saxena — The Kargil Girl’, and now she has an interesting mix of films coming up, like ‘Dostana 2‘ and ‘Roohi Afzana’. When asked what she wishes for the festival, she says, “I want to do so much amazing work, learn so much and become the best at my craft. Most of all, I want COVID-19 to disappear and theatres to be fully functional. It might sound selfish, but I really want that.”