In a latest interview, Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu talked about her family’s ordeal during the 1984 Sikh riots. She said that she was not even born when this riot took place. Her mother tells that her house was surrounded by rioters from all sides. The rioters brought swords, petrol bombs in front of her house. She knew that a Sikh family lived there. According to Taapsee, her father was saved by some Hindu families present there though the car parked outside their house was torched by the rioters.
In an interview to The Lallantop, Taapsee Pannu said, ‘When the Sikh riots happened, my parents were not married till that time. My father lived in Delhi’s Shakti Nagar while mother lived in East Delhi. My mother used to say that their area was safe, but in Shakti Nagar, father was the only Sikh family. Jonga (car) used to stand outside the father’s house. At that time, very few people had vehicles at their homes. ‘Taapsee said,’ The rioters knew that a Sikh family lived there, they came close to the house. There was no option to run away from there. The family members had switched off all the lights in the house.
Three Hindu families lived in that building. They told the rioters that they (father’s family) had fled. Then the rioters, finding nothing, torched the Jonga car parked there. This is how the people of the neighborhood saved my father’s family. On October 31, 1984, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot dead by two Sikh bodyguards, after which anti-Sikh riots broke out in many parts of the country.
Massacres took place in Delhi’s Trilokpuri, Sultanpuri, Mangolpuri, Kalyanpuri, Shahdara, Geeta Colony and Palam. According to government data, about 2800 Sikhs were killed in this riot, along with people of some other religions were also killed. Talking about Taapsee’s recent project, she was seen in the thriller film Blur. Apart from this, she was also seen in Anurag Kashyap’s film Dobara. Talking about her upcoming project, she will be seen in Shahrukh Khan’s film Danki.