Pakod, Chai Aur #DillikiBarish… what more do you need this time of the year! Agreeing wholeheartedly, actor Gagan Arora, who hails from Delhi, visited his hometown recently. “Delhi’s monsoon is very stingy,” says Arora, referring to the sparse rainfall in the city this year. Digging into various pakodas at one of the famous city joints, he adds, “Walks in this city during and after the rains are beautiful. It rains for a day or two and you have an earthy scent in the air for a couple of days. The post-rain weather is equally enjoyable for me.
A popular face across OTT platforms, for example with web series College Romance, Of course And Fame Game To his credit, Arora, who had to relocate to Mumbai, says his heart still beats for Delhi’s vibe. “Delhi will always be special to me because of all the firsts – first day at school, first date, first kiss, first breakup, first success and first failure,” says the actor. Expressing his gratitude for the capital, the 28-year-old said, “Being a Delhi person gave me a lot of confidence. It helped me in my first acting job (from Delhi) where I had to play a Delhi boy. It gave me an edge and people found me raw and relatable.
A graduate of Delhi University’s Shahid Bhagat Singh Evening College, Arora says she had a lot of fun as a BCom student courtesy her friends in the drama society. “We were very excited to perform and enjoy life. There were a lot of parts [from my college life] It helped me College Romance, where I play an eccentric West Delhi boy named Bagga. I knew a lot of bugs!
But college life is not complete without hangout adds. Recalling his own, Arora says, “There was this remote place near Qutab Institutional Area; Across from the gate of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. It was open until the wee hours and we used to call it Tankoos. We have Paranatha there. There was also this place in Lajpat Nagar where we go for Shawarma. I still visit when I’m in town. It was one of the tastiest things I’ve ever had!
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