Deepika Singh shot to fame together with her present Diya Aur Baati Hum, however earlier than transferring to Mumbai and begin her journey as an actor, she was a typical Delhi lady, who would roam spherical the town in autos and buses. And that’s why, after so a few years, the actor quips that she has Delhi however the metropolis has not left her.
“I’ve been living in Mumbai for many years now, but because I was born and brought up here in Delhi, I’m still a Delhiite by heart”, gushes Singh, on her current go to to her homnetown for a model occasion.
Admitting that she nonetheless hasn’t been capable of utterly transfer over her Delhi days, the actor says, “Abhi bhi koi mujhse Mumbai ka address poochta hai, toh me Delhi ka bata deti hun. Even on the simplest routes in Mumbai, I often lose my way. But I still have all the Delhi routes on my fingertips. Chaahe DTC bus se ghoomna ho ya metro se college jaana, I have done it all.
Like every true-blue Delhiite, Singh’s most special memories of the city are about street shopping, and she gets nostalgic recalling how every Sunday, she’d go to Janpath market in Connaught Place. “It’s very near to my home in Paharganj. Sarojni Nagar market was a bit far off, but I used to go there also. I remember buying my first pair of heels from Sarojni for my first ever ramp walk. We also used to get those quirky, party dresses for clubbing from there. In fact, I used to get all my clothes — from jeans to dresses as well as all my accessories, earrings, bags and what not, from these flea markets only,” Singh recounts.
Now that she is an actor and enjoys a robust fanbase, Singh acknowledges that Delhi doesn’t deal with her in the identical manner as earlier than, however in fact higher. She explains, “Now, people recognise me here and they want pictures, which is not possible all the time. Toh woh logon ko hurt karna mujhe achha nahi lagta. That’s why I miss hanging around, and being carefree. I miss going around Delhi in metro and auto. I miss going out and shopping. Toh abhi sab Mumbai me karna padta hai. I have lived like a middle-class Delhiite… DTC ke pass se lekar metro ke card tak, sab kuch kara hai mene.”
On condition that she has work commitments again in Mumbai, Singh admits she doesn’t get time to go to Delhi ceaselessly, however she by no means leaves an opportunity each time there may be one. “Ek, do din ke liye hi aana ho paata hai, and that also is mostly for work. Delhi loves me so much and that’s why they call me over and over again, sometimes for store openings, or cultural events. So, it’s always a pleasure to be here,” she smiles.
And one factor that’s at all times on her agenda each time she’s visiting Delhi, is to meet up with as many relations as potential. Nevertheless, she is fast so as to add that lots has modified with pals and relations after she turned an actor.
“Pehle bina soche kuch bhi bol lete the, par ab aisa nahi chalta. Log hurt ho jaate hain. In fact, if I start behaving like I used to before becoming an actor, unko lagta hai, ‘Arrey ye toh Sandhya Bindni (character in Diya Aur Baati Hum) bol rahi hai. Yeh toh star bol rahi hai. She is acting pricy.’ So, I have to be very grounded, even more than I was. Zimmedari badh gayi hai,” Singh indicators off.