As he experienced childhood in Punjab, for Sonu Sood the possibility of Ganesh Chaturthi and the festivals that followed was restricted to what he found in Hindi movies. Once in Mumbai, to pursue his Bollywood dreams, the entertainer drew a nearer take a gander at the merry festivals, which attracted him to drench himself in the city’s way of life and custom. He was left powerful dazzled as he visited pandals, particularly Mumbai’s notorious Lalbaugcha Raja when he was new to Mumbai. Enlivened by what he saw during the celebrations in the city, Sonu then, at that point chose to draw the entire experience nearer to home. It’s been more than twenty years since he’s been doing Ganpati puja in his Mumbai house.
Recalling how everything began, Sonu shares, “We have guests coming over for darshan. My friends from my struggling days and my former roommates visit us every year. We don’t have to send them an official invite as they were a part of the process right from the day we started getting Lord Ganesha home. We do aarti every day, deck up the house, put fresh flowers every morning, and cook traditional food. In fact, I have tried making modaks but failed miserably. Last year, they turned out slightly better, so I will try making them this year, too. We also make prasad at home. During these five days, it feels so good every time you wake up in the morning and see Bappa at home. My sons are also excited, and their friends visit our home, too,” says Sonu Sood
Since the pandemic, Sonu has transformed into a Covid Warrior, assisting transients with arriving at home securely during the lockdown, giving packs to those needing fundamentals like rice, dal, milk, and so on, and loan some assistance to the individuals who required prescriptions or clinic beds during the pandemic. “I will pray to Bappa that he gives me strength to come to their aid. I will be distributing prasad to the people who gather outside my building every day to seek help. I will also get a few of them to my house for Bappa’s darshan. From the day I got Bappa home, I have felt his guiding force that helped me sail through my life, career, pandemic, and every other challenge that I have faced. This year I am going to thank him for whatever he taught me in the last one-and-a-half years. It was through his blessings that I could connect with so many people from the country and was able to help them.”