Popular Bhojpuri film actress Smriti Sinha’s Bhojpuri film Chhath Ke Baratiya has been released recently. This film is based on the great festival Chhath Puja. According to Smriti Sinha, the biggest reason for saying yes to the film was that the film is based on Chhath Puja. She says that this was the first time that she had got a film based on Chhath and for a Bihari, Chhath Puja is not a festival but an emotion. This thing is not hidden from anyone. Highlights of the conversation with Urmila Kori.
This Chhath has become more special
This year, the film Chhath Ke Baratiya based on my Chhath has also been released, which people are liking a lot, due to which this Chhath has become even more special for me. The shooting of this film took place in 12 to 13 days. Those days were very special for me because I got a chance to relive every tradition related to Chhath Puja. We have shot this film in a very devotional manner. I became emotional while singing the Chhath song in the film. While shooting the Arghya scene in this film, I stood in water continuously for six hours. I wanted to do complete justice to that scene. The film has been shot in UP. In the ghat scene, I used to stay on the ghat the whole time. I just wanted to cherish every moment.
I will celebrate Chhath in Mumbai
Now, if Chhath is not celebrated at home, it is not possible to come to Bihar for Chhath Puja. I pay obeisance to Chhathi Mai from Mumbai itself. The day on which pumpkin rice is made. On that day, I prepare and eat pumpkin rice as per the rules. I regularly pay obeisance to the Sun God during the evening and mid-morning hours and seek his blessings. However, I miss jaggery’s Thakua and Kachvaniya a lot.
Special memories of Chhath
There are many special memories related to Chhath. Which I remember a lot on this day, in my childhood, we children used to have the responsibility of drying wheat on Chhath Puja. Not even a single bird should eat the grain. It happened once or twice that we got so busy playing that the bird ate it and then we had a tough time in the class. He also helped in making thekua. But I loved going there. There used to be a spectacle of fireworks in the evening and after morning. His memories are still in my eyes.