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TV actors share their excitement for Diwali

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 12, 2012
First Published: 18:29 IST(12/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:08 IST(13/11/2012)

Despite their busy schedules, actors from the TV industry are extremely excited about Diwali. Here, they share their experiences and tell us how they plan to celebrate the special day this year.

Kritika Kamra
“As a kid, Diwali was a lot of fun as my brother and I would burst firecrackers with our friends. However, as I started growing up it became more about family, dressing up, lighting diyas and celebrating the joy that comes with this festival.”

Ankita Lokhande 
“I have always loved the festival of lights. Making rangolis and bursting crackers is so much fun! The different varieties of sweets that are made at home make this my time of indulgence. This is the only time in the year I get to bond with my family and close friends. Of course, as always, the celebrations depend on our shoot schedule. Hope we wrap up soon.”

Tina Dutta
“On Diwali we have a family dinner on our terrace, after which we all get together and burst crackers. My favourite part of the night is sitting on the terrace with a sparkler (phool jhaddi) in my hand, craning my neck to see which rocket goes the highest, or the one that looks brightest in the night sky.”

Anas Rashid
“As a kid, while bursting crackers with my friends, I got burnt when a rocket changed its angle and went through my Pathani kurta making a big hole in it. I was so nervous about my mother yelling at me that I slept on the terrace the entire night, while my family searched for me everywhere. I want to tell kids not to burst crackers alone. Always have an adult accompany you.”

Hiten Tejwani
“Though Diwali is about happiness and revelry, the one thing I don't like about it is the noise pollution. As a kid, my brothers and I once decided to buy crackers and then sell them to others at a higher rate, and make profits. We made a lot of money that year, and bought fancier crackers. It was the best Diwali ever.” 

Nandish Sandhu
“I have always celebrated Diwali with my family at my hometown Bharatpur, Rajasthan. But this year I am celebrating my first Diwali with Rashami after our wedding. My mom will be coming down to help us. I really miss my friends back in Rajasthan. All of them used to come to my house for Diwali and we’d create havoc at my place and relentlessly trouble my mom to make sweets and snacks.”

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