Why just Christmas the whole idea of life should be to spread happiness Varun Dhawan
What’s your idea of Christmas? Carols, cakes, midnight mass and, of course, Santa Claus. Right? For Varun Dhawan too, these things are synonymous with Christmas but this time around, the actor decided to do something different – he visited the kids of St. Catherine of Siena School for destitute children and orphanage in Bandra, Mumbai. “The whole idea of life should be to spread happiness and positivity,” says the actor.
How was the experience of having a different kind of Christmas celebration?
It was extremely special and isn’t that the whole idea of Christmas? Giving back [to the society] in some way to spread cheer and joy. I truly feel that I celebrated Christmas this time. I had gone to the same orphanage during Badrinath Ki Dulhania (BKD) and promised the kids that I would be back. And Christmas was a great time to do that. Last time, I remember the orphanage’s brother told me that the kids didn’t have enough school bags. So although I got them chocolates, I made sure that I also got school bags for them.
Do such things make you feel extremely content?
More than feeling content, it was a good experience. Not just for Christmas, the whole idea of life should be to spread happiness and positivity. And now that people like me because of films, I try to do that once in a while and in different ways. I am happy that this time, Hindustan Times and I partnered for the same. As we grow older, I feel we all have to be Santa Clauses in each other’s lives. Especially, if you have the means to spread cheer and joy, do that because it really feels good.
What are your earliest Christmas memories?
I remember my mother (Karuna Dhawan) going for the midnight mass very often to St. Andrews Church or Mount Mary (both in Bandra), lighting candles and praying. I vividly remember accompanying her so many times. The whole atmosphere with festivities, candles and people singing Christmas carols etc. gives a lot of peace. In fact, I would love singing carols (laughs). Also, my father (director David Dhawan) was always like a real life Santa Claus so that was fun for all of us.
What’s the plan for this Christmas?
I have just shifted into my new house that my mother has designed. So, in all likelihood, I will celebrate Christmas at my new home, which is exactly one floor below my parents’ house. Probably, a couple of friends will come over and my family is also there. So, I will be indoors only.....
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