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Varun Dhawan, Sushant Rajput and Sidharth Malhotra's Holi plans

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 26, 2013
First Published: 10:50 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 14:22 IST(26/3/2013)
On the occasion of Holi, three young guns of Bollywood — Varun Dhawan, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sidharth Malhotra  — share their childhood memories of the festival, how things have changed since stardom, and whether they miss the old days.

How was Holi when you were a child?
Sushant: All the kids in our locality formed a gang. We would give proper jobs to everyone and then attack people on the streets with colours and pichkaaris (water guns).
Varun: Holi used to be rough and dirty; we would dunk people in mud pits and throw balloons at them. In the morning, my father would put colour on my face.
Sidharth: I’d wake up very early on Holi and my family would assemble at a cousin’s place and fill hundreds of balloons with water which we would then use later.

Have things changed now that you are famous?

Varun: Things have changed but more than that, this year, I won’t be able to go all out celebrating. This year, for the first time, I’ll be working on Holi.
Sushant: I’d like it to be the same as before, since Holi is my favourite festival, but yes, all those open processions on the roads with friends will take a backseat.
Sidharth: As actors, we can’t be as rough about celebrating Holi as we used to be because we have our shooting schedules and films to think about.

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Do you miss those carefree days?
Sushant:
Yes, those are very special memories and there is always that added joy and excitement in every festival when you are a kid. That doesn’t exist once you grow up.
Varun: I do miss them, but I am grateful to God for whatever I have achieved till date. Since I am working on Holi this year anyway, I will have no time to complain about anything.
Sidharth: Of course, I do! I will miss not just the colour and madness, but even the roadside food, gujiyas and the happy atmosphere, which is sadly missing these days.

Any special plans this year?

Sushant: I will not waste water and only use natural colours. Maybe a lathmaar Holi, which is very famous in north India (laughs) would be a great idea.
Varun: After packing up, I’ll play a bit with my crewmembers, including Anurag Basu (director), Ayananka Bose (cinematographer) and Kunal Rawal (designer).
Sidharth: I am preparing for my film (that’s why I am not going to my hometown, Delhi) but still, I’ll celebrate Holi in my own way with my close friends.
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