Traditionally, Dhanteras is the day on which families acquire possessions like gold jewellery, silver coins, cars, houses and the like. But actor Salman Khan never purchases anything for his family or himself on this day. When asked if he has altered his plans this year, he says, "No way. I prefer spending time with my family, which is far better than investing in anything tangible and expensive." The host of Bigg Boss 4 on Colors, will be anchoring the elimination episodes on Friday. This is expected to be followed by a bash at his farmhouse in Panvel for family and friends. It's learnt that Khan had organised a party last weekend as well, after coming out of the Bigg Boss House.
Diwali memories When asked to share his favourite Diwali memory, Khan says, "It's difficult to choose one, because Arbaaz, Sohail, Alvira and I have had too many wonderful Diwali evenings as kids and even as a grown-up. I particularly remember that during one of the Diwali evenings as kids at home, someone had gifted us rockets (firecrackers). I lit mine and a few minutes later, I heard everyone screaming. My rocket had gone through one of my aunt's blouses.
Abba would have beaten me if she had complained of bruises." So, is he more cautious with crackers now? "Of course. I think parents should ensure that their kids don't go anywhere near a harmful firecracker. Ever since that incident, I've preferred phuljhadis over rockets and bombs," replies Khan.
Like every year, the actor's mother, Salma Khan, will anchor the celebrations at home. "Ammi celebrates every festival with zest. She makes lovely boondi ladoos, which I think are to die for. I'm looking forward to that," he smiles.
Two years ago, the actor had had a Diwali hit, Heroes, despite the economic slowdown that had gripped every industry at the time. "I don't think we ever had a black Diwali in the film industry," says Khan. "It's a festival of lights and it will remain that way for me. I think we human beings are survivors, no matter what the situation is. Life goes through highs and lows, but we don't need to stop and fret, right?"