Tahira Kashyap Khurrana: Even though we have all been in Chandigarh for months, we have kept our circle limited to our parents

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is an example of just how deeply safety and precaution measures can be followed. The filmmaker-writer-author has been in Chandigarh for months now but has restrained herself from meeting her extended family. Explaining why her husband Ayushmann Khurrana, brother-in-law Aparshakti Khurana and his wife Akriti have been doing this religiously, she says, “This is the longest that all of us have been in Chandigarh together. The reason we travelled here is that all our parents and extended family are here. But after coming here, we have restricted ourselves from meeting anyone outside the circle of immediate family. It’s the only way to keep your loved ones safe. There have been family dinners within our limited circle. In fact, even when I have my work meetings in the house, and I don’t feel comfortable about the person’s whereabouts for health reasons, I ensure the meeting happens in our garden at a distance of at least a few feet from the house. I have elders and children in my house.”

Talking about her stay in Punjab and missing the Mumbai weather, Tahira says, “People from Mumbai might find it a little hot here at times but I have loved that about Punjab. The best thing is the change in weather is so evident all around you. The nip in the air, the leaves on trees, the sunshine — it all feels different with every season. That changes the mood. You can write so many different stories depending on how your mood is that day. Having said that, I have to admit, I missed Mumbai ki baarish. I love that weather in the city.”

The filmmaker left with her husband, kids and her brother-in-law and co-sister one evening when the lockdown had just begun to be lifted in the country. When asked why the Khurranas had left in a jiffy, Tahira laughs and says, “I know it was so sudden but we had been thinking about it for a while. Even when we were in Mumbai, Apar was living five minutes apart and had still not met us for months. We were so petrified to go to each other’s homes. Cases were shooting up at that time. We also didn’t know how long this health scare would last. It was our emotional need to be with our parents. All our parents are here. We decided to take things as they come. I feel a sense of gratitude for what we have. The infrastructure here is such that cases get isolated because of the sectoral division of homes. It was safer here to step out for cycling and walks.”