With hectic work schedules, TV actors hardly get time off on festive days to celebrate with their families and friends. Those who did manage to get the day off today are looking to bring it in by gorging on delicacies like kebabs, sheer khurma, seviyaan, wearing new outfits, praying and spending time with family. They are also looking forward to getting Eidi (gifts) from elders and giving gifts to the kids.
Anas Rashid says, “It is a peaceful festival. There isn’t much shor-sharaba (hooplah) around it.” On the other hand, Hina Khan is already jumping with joy. She says, “I have already got an early Eidi as I met Salman Khan a couple days ago.”
Eid is a time to bond with people who matter. One of my fondest memories was on the sets of my TV show, Bhaskar Bharti. We packed up early and along with my few friends, went to Mohammad Ali Road to feast on delicacies on offer. That day we gorged on malpua, firni, seviyaan and chicken specialities. Also, years ago, on Eid, a fan sent a collection of my pictures from different shows labelled ‘Eidi for my favourite star’. But the best Eidi I gave was a painting a friend wanted.
As a teenager, Eid was exciting for me. I would hold my new dress in my hands and listen to the radio for updates on the moon rise. I would lay out my jewellery, shoes, make-up and prepare everything for the next day. The eagerness and anticipation was just as thrilling as the celebration the next day. We’d feast on a variety of delicacies. Nowadays, I hardly have time to wear my normal clothes. But I love kebabs, so mom ensures that there are enough for me.
Spending time with my family is the most important thing for me on Eid. As a child, I used to celebrate it with my ‘nana’ (maternal grandfather) in Madhya Pradesh. But he is no more. I miss him a lot. However, this year, I will be spend the day shooting for a film in Mumbai.
My fondest Eid memories are from my childhood. Our extended family used to come to our place in Punjab. Spending hours bonding with my cousins and siblings are memories I will always cherish. We used to have Iftar, and the best part was the food. As a kid, I used to demand a huge amount as Eidi and go to the nearest fair or to catch the latest movie.
Eid is about being with your family. This year, as I am recovering from malaria, I will celebrate it with friends.
Last year, I had a triple celebration. It was my birthday, the launch of my serial, Diya Aur Baati Hum, and Eid. I had taken the day off and planned to make kheer for the unit. But my cook goofed up. At the eleventh hour, I rushed to the market, managed to make kheer on time and took it to the sets.