For actor Rakul Preet Singh, Republic Day brings a lot of emotions and nostalgia as it takes her back to the time when she watched the parade on television with her family. She is proud to accept that we as a country understand the meaning of celebrating the day in its true essence.
“If it has anything to do with a patriotic event or day, I feel very proud. I am actually a seasoned patriotic person with a background in the military,” says Rakul posing exclusively for HT City at the India Gate.
Being at India Gate takes her back through memories and remembers the time she saw the parade live on TV, and how watching it every year on television became a tradition in her home.
“We used to watch the parade every year, even though we didn’t go see the live parade, we watched it on TV. It used to be at home that we would watch the parade in every republic and celebrate India,” says the actor, adding that she has only seen the parade live once.
“I was four or five when I went to watch the parade live. I was too young,” she says quickly when asked about memories of watching the parade live.
Even now, the Delhi-born actor whose father served in the Indian Army is trying to find time in her busy schedule to watch the parade on TV.
“Whenever I can, I watch it. When I’m not working, I definitely watch it,” says the actor, who was in Delhi to promote her web film, Chhatriwali.
The actor talks about the importance of Republic Day in her life, sharing, “I really hope Republic Day is about understanding our constitutional rights. We need to understand what rights are, be it the right of expression to freedom to the right to exist. That’s why I think our movie (Chhatriwali) somehow gives a voice to the women and gives them the right to choose. I am a patriotic person and I feel that as a country we really understand the meaning of celebrating Republic Day.”
here the Doctor G actor admits that her upbringing with the military background has shaped her life. She says, “It’s the one thing that has shaped me into the person I am today. There’s a certain sense of dignity, discipline that comes with being raised in the military. You’re a very independent, strong-willed person and I have thanks to the education of the army.
Rakul concludes with a message as she says, “Let’s all be responsible citizens and love our country. We need to work on making it an even better space to be in and respected and just spread love.”