Currently Sandiip is juggling between Mumbai and Hyderabad where he’s set up an extravagant set to film the scenes of his show Mehndi Hai Rachne Waali due to covid restrictions in Maharashtra. Sandiip shares there is no particular reason for him observing the fast and that it is something he voluntarily picked up for the last few years.
He shares, “I don’t think I can really fast daily but keeping the 27th Roza is considered auspicious. I don’t exactly recall why I follow it but this is my 7th year in a row & I love the feeling. I don’t see me being a Hindu has anything to do with. I went to a Cathloic school and be it XMas, Eid or Diwali – at home we celebrate everything without any religious barriers.”
“I am a storyteller so religion is off the roof for me. I want to make shows which depict every culture because there is beauty in everything. I have many Muslim friends and iftaari dinners have always been a tradition for my friends, in pre covid times and the idea of keeping a Roza is really fascinating. I wake up at 4 am, I drink a lot of water and some dry fruits and crash out in like 5 mins. Then I go about my usual routine. Work keeps me distracted. I get home quick and as I stay close to the mosque, enough to hear the Azaan. Early in the day my mom offers dates and water and places in our temple, so I break my fast by picking up the dates and water from the temple. The idea that we are above what a religious leader tells you or the hatred people spread, we are all one. I’d like to depict this beautiful amalgamation in my work someday.”