JK Rowling wouldn’t have imagined this new triumph for Harry Potter. The young hero of her best-selling fiction series is ruling the Capital’s cracker market, ever since a locally made firecracker, Kooda Bomb, assumed his name.
In Bazaar Guliyan, the wholesale market near Jama Masjid, Harry Potter crackers are the new bright idea full of sound and fury. Packed attractively in boxes with picture of Daniel Radcliffe, the cracker is priced at Rs 80 per pack. Says SK Jain of Friends Combination, “This is becoming popular with kids who know about Harry Potter.” The other new attraction is Flower and Fountains, a two-in-one cracker with an anaar and chakhri together priced at Rs 150 for 5 pieces.
A walk down the bazaar reveals that cracker packs with faces of Bollywood stars like Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Aamir Khan, Sonali Bendre are the most preferred. Jain says, “People want to buy crackers with their favourite actress on it.” And they don’t even mind their contrasting screen personas. Vidya Balan, for instance, is a Hot Mirchi here that releases shooting sparks and is priced at Rs 350. And it’s a curvy Kareena Kapoor that’s a hit with the buyers. Says cracker seller Rahul, “Kareena looks better with curves and not size 0. Hamein to purani Kareena hi patakha lagti hai.”
With cracker price index shooting up at retail shops, the wholesale market is a must visit for good deals. Multiple aerial shots cost Rs 230 and you can get a packet of charkhi and anaar for as low as Rs 30, depending on your bargaining skills. Also, not to be missed is an AK-47, priced at Rs 350.