There have been moments of fear, insecurity and doubt but there is always the spark of hope. To me the Deepavali light signigies that hope. When we light a candle at home this Deepavali season, I am reminded of all the times I doubted myself and then later used that as a stepping stone to find motivation. Being a big star's son comes with its advantages and also sets the bar so high, but I have been able to find my own credible space. All things changed with hope and working towards my dreams. Deepavali is that festival that can set the tone for a positive movement ahead with light and laughter.
— Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj
I think my darkness light moment is when I realized that I need to believe in myself and not worry about my image in other's eyes or through others eyes and I learnt to love myself. I fought my insecurities and worked hard to conquer spaces and mindsets that were limiting me. The spiritual enlightenment that I got to love myself and to be who I am and to love who I am."
— Varalakshmi Sarathkumar
I have had dark phases in life but it is not very often that we come out in the open and talk about it because there is a certain image, there is a certain way that we are suppose to carry ourselves. And it's not very often that we, you know, break that ice and come out in the open and talk about it. I have fought them through and I've come out of it, and you know gotten past them. So, I think one of the many I would like to talk about is, when I moved from Bangalore to Chennai and I had to leave my family behind there; It used to get very lonely here, initially for me and I had no friends, I knew nobody. I used to just go to work and come back home and I used to come back to an empty home and that is something I was never used to, you know being the youngest one at home being so pampered all my life and suddenly I am this grown up child who is just living alone. So, it was a little heavy on me initially and that's when I decided to get my dogs into my life and yes from there things got much better. Simple things can also lead you to light and happiness. Also, a little while back I had put on a lot of weight and there were multiple health complications that I was going through. I never lost hope. I redesigned my lifestyle, my workouts and diets. The perseverance and commitment to achieve is what is there in every human being. We needn't be nudged by anyone else to find that inspiration. I didn't have any guidance to redirect or restructure my life, I did myself. That ability to find your inner voice and go towards what you want is what Deepavali is for me.
— Nikki Galrani
There is no permanent Light in life
Darkness to light is how we handle our weak moments and convert them to our strengths. I lost a family member to suicide and many of my films successes were credited to the leading men. It used to hurt me and I realized that to sustain myself and reach a greater platform I can’t keep fighting a system, instead I learnt to make peace with it. We mustn’t keep grudging another’s success or wealth or rise to fame. Being content and pursuing my own dreams and path has lead me to be where I am. That moment when I switched my attitude defines the Deepavali spirit to me. I conquered my fears and found myself my own path.
‘i lit my own path’
When my dad left us in the middle of nowhere in 1986, we were rudderless and had to grapple with a future staring bleakly at us. But I pulled through and today I am proud to say I took on the role of a breadwinner and fought all odds. People often talk down to women in cinema or glamour world, but they forget our journeys are all similar and that was my moment of light, when I realised no matter what, we must live to find a better tomorrow.
True to self
When I went into the Bigg Boss house I had a certain image and people perceived me to be a Malayalam girl looking for a quick shot at fame. But today in Tamil Nadu I have household brands that line up for me to endorse them, there are groups called the Oviya Army and the public thrust on social media has made me one of the most talked about woman in entertainment without really having put too much on the table. That moment where I decided to not play a game and be myself was my moment of light. I wanted to be true to myself. I shared my views on love, marriage and men openly. Even when endorsing social causes I never make an emotional appeal or make it personal. I openly say I know nothing about the suffering but I'm here as a star to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and raise awareness. I decided to be honest and bold. That to me is Deepavali, a celebration of our true self.
Silence is power
Everyday is a darkness to light moment for me. I face each challenge as a woman to overcome them with dignity. There are times when people second guess my intentions or doubt my abilities, even today. I emerge by focusing on my talent and intelligently handle ignorance. I realized never to hit back at anyone being harsh or critical, that ability to use silence as a powerful response signifies the soul of the Deepavali flame for me. That light shines bright and in it we find warmth, wealth and celebration.
— Urmila Matondkar