India celebrates its 75th Independence Day today. It’s a day when we look forward to the unfurling of the Tricolour from the Red Fort in the nation’s capital but this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be hosting the Olympics contingent who gave the country much joy with their record medal tally at the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics. When we asked our Bollywood stars about a recent moment when they felt patriotic, they unanimously spoke about the Olympics and the fantastic performance by our sportspeople. Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra was a clear favourite.
We also asked Mouni Roy, Aparshakti Khurana, Zareen Khan, Sanjana Sanghi and Dino Morea what freedom meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:
“Freedom to me is the freedom of my thoughts, my speech, my beliefs, my religion, my spirituality, the right to love whoever I want to. To be free, for me, is to be free of hunger and pain and have the right kind of education for everyone – men and women. To be free is to be free from all kinds of negative thoughts that control us and that do not let us be limitless. To be free is to be limitless and be blissful all the bloody time.”
“This Independence Day, like every year, the value of freedom stands out more than ever. Because freedom, to me, is the ability to be our most honest and authentic selves. Honest to our dreams, our desires and to everyone around us who matters to us. And if we get that? I think that’s what achieving true freedom means.”
“Freedom to me is to think, to feel, to express and enjoy everything that life has to offer – obviously within the limitations of law. To enjoy everything that this beautiful planet has to offer us and to live carefree. That, to me, is freedom.”
“Freedom for me means to live life on my own terms, to express my opinions freely and to do the kind of work that I wish to do and to live in a democratic environment.”
“Freedom for me means to be able to live freely without feeling scared irrespective of my gender.”