Kriti Sanon enjoys the festival of Holi, and that was evident from the enthusiasm with which she participated in an exclusive photo shoot for us. “I have always loved Holi,” says the actor, as she throws a handful of gulaal up in the air. “But ever since I shifted to Mumbai [from Delhi], I haven’t played much. I don’t have the kind of friends circle here, like I had in Delhi. Plus, being an actor, I need to take care of my skin. Even though I don’t play Holi the way I used to back home, it’s still my favourite festival,” she adds.
Back in Delhi, Kriti says her friends and family members used to gather in a park in Patparganj, to celebrate the festival of colours. “Before starting, my sister and I would oil each other’s hair. Then hit Holi songs would be played loudly all day,” she recalls, adding, “There would be pakoras and thandai for everyone. It used to be a lot of fun. My sister and I also played the dirty version of Holi by throwing each other in the mud. It used to take us an hour to wash the colours off.”
More than anything, it is the food that is an essential part of the festival for Kriti. “Eating gujiyas is a must for me every Holi. This year, my parents are in Mumbai, and my sister has also moved to the city. So, I am excited because we will all celebrate together,” she says.
Bollywood celebrities share their Holi memories and plans for this year:
I love playing Holi with my friends. It’s my favourite festival. My most memorable Holi was a few years back, when I had a blast at a close friend’s house. She has a lovely lawn, and we demolished it by being super rowdy.
I used to hide inside my room because I hated getting colour on my face. Strangely, that’s what I have to put every day on my face now. Have a safe Holi everyone. I will have a working Holi this year.
As a kid, I used to hate Holi. I would cry and hit people who would play with colours, because I thought they were hitting my parents. Now, I really enjoy the festival. But I am upset that I won’t be able to celebrate the festival this year, as I’m not in India. I remember this one time, when I was in college, I didn’t want to play Holi that year, but my friends tricked me. They barged into my bedroom and ruined an entire wall. My mother got really angry.
As a child, I would always enjoy playing Holi in my building compound, with my friends and family. But before we would go out to play, my brother and I would throw mashed tomatoes at people from our balcony.
My most memorable Holi was in Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh). The energy there was contagious, and we played Holi in the main temple with people screaming, “Hare Krishna!” It was a surreal experience. This year, I will have a dry Holi with my family and friends.
When I was in college, I would go to a friend’s farmhouse to have fun on the day. I remember when I went there for the first time, I thought it would be really clean and Bollywood-ish. I had worn a crisp white kurta-pyjama only to be straightaway thrown into some gooey muck. All my friends looked like unrecognisable hooligans. But those were fun times. Holi has become more civilised for me now. This year, I’ll go to Khandala with my family and friends.
My best Holi memories are from my childhood. I would have a blast with my friends. Playing with colours and getting dirty was fun back then. This year, I don’t plan to have any elaborate celebrations. I will have fun at home with my family, as I am in Chandigarh. Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe Holi.
As a child, I would wake up early in the morning and make water balloons with my cousins to throw at people on the streets.
My most memorable Holi was when I was in the eighth standard. My friends and I decided to play Holi with our teachers. So, I led the group and visited all our teachers’ houses. We caught them doing different household chores like washing clothes, etc. They were really embarrassed.
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