Ileana D’Cruz is in Karnal, Haryana where she has resumed shooting for Unfair & Lovely with Randeep Hooda. Talking about the experience of shooting for a film in the pandemic, Ileana says, “We are taking supreme levels of precautions to feel safe while shooting in these times. There have been occasions like my birthday (November 1) and even Diwali, but we didn’t really celebrate as such as we wanted to focus on work and finish it off smoothly.”
She recently spent a month with her family in the US. The actress, who was all by herself through the lockdown in Mumbai, rushed to Texas during the Unlock phase.
Talking to BT about it, she says, “I met my mom, brother and sister after a long time. I felt such an overwhelming sense of relief on seeing them. It’s only after meeting them that I could breathe again in peace. I didn’t realise how much I needed it. I was trying to be strong when I was alone for five months during the lockdown. I was pushing myself, saying that I can survive without seeing my family. But when we reunited, I wondered how I functioned without them.”
Ileana cherishes her one-month stay there, and says she got pampered by her mother, who cooked delicious food for her.
The two also had unending conversations for hours. “I remember how mom chased me around the house for the initial one week, looking for an opportunity to hug me. But I’d run away from her, reminding her that I had to be quarantined (laughs!),” she recalls.
Talking to BT earlier, Ileana had opened up about the therapy sessions she was undergoing during the lockdown.
However, she tells us that she didn’t need therapy when she was with her family. “The family time did wonders for my mental health. For me, spending time with family is therapeutic! It’s the most soothing thing in the world,” she says, adding that she will be back in the US with her family by the year end. “I have decided that I am going to end the year with my family by my side. Also, December is Christmas time, and I always bring in the festival with my folks,” she reveals.