The Diwali photoshoot was scheduled at 3 pm on Monday . Knowing the subject’s sense of time, we weren’t sure of pulling it off without an hour’s delay . But to our surprise, she was not just ready but even waiting for us! How did that happen, we asked, only to be told, “It happens once in a leap year. And today is that day . Even I couldn’t believe this.” Rituparna Sengupta, who loves to sur prise us with her performanc es, is set to change her per ception off screen -no, she isn’t the proverbial `late mas ter’ we have learnt to live with… Excerpts:
The time on your phone is 4.30 pm, while it is only 3.30 in the afternoon. Why don’t you adjust it?
It is done purposely so that I know I have to hurry up for an appointment. Diwali is also about the win of hope over despair and I have faith that someday people will change their opinion about me. I am not late all the time.
How do you celebrate Diwali?
Kali Puja always has been very special to me as it signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. I love to light up diyas and decorate my house with them; silently, I also pray that this light prevails in the minds of all. Burning crackers too has a charm of its own.