Last year, Aamir Khan hosted a grand Diwali bash that saw Bollywood’s who’s who in full attendance. This year, too, the actor plans to host a party, but just for his family and close friends. “Every year, I have the same plan. Kiran (Rao; wife) and I light diyas in the house. We also have a party at home where we celebrate with some close friends,” says Aamir.
It’s also the one time of the year when the actor, known to follow a strict diet and fitness regimen otherwise, lets his guard down and gorges on mithais. “I give up dieting during Diwali,” confesses the 49-year-old. Even as he agrees to pose with sparklers for our special shoot, he says crackers are a strict no-no. “It has always been a cracker-free Diwali for me. I don’t enjoy such things.”
But Diwali isn’t just a time to celebrate for Aamir; it’s also about work. Like the previous years, this year, too, he has a theatrical trailer of his next set for release. “For the last four-five years, my films have released during Christmas; so I like to release the trailer or the first look on Diwali,” says Aamir.
The actor urges people to clean up the waste from the festivities later, and says the authorities need to do more, too. “I feel a clean India can be achieved if the municipalities take measures to manage waste effectively. No matter how careful I am about not throwing waste on the road, the waste has to go somewhere. The municipality puts all the waste in a dumping ground. Instead, it needs to manage it better. In fact, (they can) earn money out of it by converting it into biogas."