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Salman Khan enjoyed sheer khurma in the day, burst crackers at night on Eid

HTC, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 29, 2014
First Published: 11:25 IST(29/7/2014) | Last Updated: 14:39 IST(29/7/2014)

This Eid is a special one for both Salman Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala.

Their recently released film, Kick, has done good business over the weekend, and they are hoping that the good run will continue through the festive week.

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Revealing his usual Eid routine, Salman says, "I read the namaz in the morning, and then spend time with my family."

However, before that, through the month of Ramzan, Salman says he tries "not to wake up late, have negative thoughts, or have problems with family and friends. We try to maximise positivity and minimise negativity. The three big vices — smoking, drinking and eating — are cut down," he says.

But Salman doesn’t celebrate just Eid; he enjoys other festivals as well. "This one time, Eid and Diwali coincided. We enjoyed eating sheer khurma during the day, and bursting crackers at night. Once Ganpati and Eid were on the same day. In the morning, we read the namaz and, in the evening, enjoyed bhajans at home. I love festivals. And I wish everybody a very happy Eid," he says.

Sharing his childhood memories of the festival, he adds, "My mom used to keep dry fruit out in the sun. Birds would eat some and we [he and his brothers Arbaaz and Sohail] would eat up the rest."

Now, however, Eid is the one day on which he eats without restrictions, only to have to work out harder later: "I’m allowed to eat everything, but a week after, comes the most miserable time as I have to burn all the calories."

Sajid Nadiadwala adds that the festival brings with it a lot of happiness all around. "After spending the day with our [respective] families, Salman and I usually meet in the evening," he says. Emraan HashmiMy favourite memory is of spending the time with my family and friends — going for namaz, and later, savouring the delicacies. Ramzan always brings back fond memories of my childhood, such as waking up for sehri. There was something magical about those 30 days when ‘normal life’ took a backseat.

Imran Khan: Eid has always been about dressing in kurta-pyjama, and spending the day feasting with the family. This year, it is extra special with the arrival of Imaara; this is her first Eid. The family, at present, is ‘baby-crazy’ and planning a lot of things. I wish everyone Eid Mubarak. May you all have a great year ahead. 

Saif Ali Khan: My best Eid memory is of spending the day at my grandmother’s palace in Bhopal. She was a devout Muslim and, on Eid, a lot of my relatives would gather there. For us kids, this meant that Eidi was a small fortune. But the most fun part was to wait for the huge cannon in the courtyard to be fired, which would signal the time for iftaari. It is an unforgettable sound and sight. Later, I would go to the servant quarters to eat with Suriya (My grandmother’s maid who looked after me). I always found the atmosphere there to be very warm, and spent a lot of my time there.

Shah Rukh Khan (From an earlier interview): I used to go to the Eidgah with my uncle and dad on a scooter. We’d go to Jama Masjid and read the Eid namaz together. My mom used to cook Hyderabadi food, while dad would make Pathani food. We would have friends over. We used to wear these kurta-pyjamas with kalaf (starch), which I used to hate. I’d wear pants instead of pyjamas. But mom used to force me to wear pyjamas. Now, I force my kids to wear them too (smiles).

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