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From Saif to Emraan: Bollywood stars share their fondest Eid memories

This Eid, we speak to Bollywood actors about their most cherished memories of the festival.

bollywood Updated: Jul 05, 2016 19:04 IST
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“On Eid, our relatives used to come to my grandmother’s palace in Bhopal,” saysSaif Ali Khan.
“On Eid, our relatives used to come to my grandmother’s palace in Bhopal,” saysSaif Ali Khan. (Hindustan Times)

Eid is here, and just like everyone else in the country, Bollywood celebrities are in high spirits too. From celebrating the occasion with their loved ones to stepping out with their friends to participate in the festivities – some B-Town actors have done it all. Here, some of them recall their fondest memories of the festival.

Saif Ali Khan: On Eid, our relatives used to come to my grandmother’s palace in Bhopal. This meant a small fortune in eidi. The most fun part included watching the cannon in the courtyard be fired to signal the time for iftar. It was an unforgettable sound and sight.


Saif Ali Khan talks about how he used to spend Eid at his grandmother’s place in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. (Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo )

John Abraham: I remember going to Bagdadi (an eatery in Colaba) with my friends every year to enjoy the delicious food there.

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Aditi Rao Hydari: On Eid, all of Hyderabad feels festive (the actor belongs to the city). Today, I value that culture even more. What I look forward to is the Haleem (a stew made of meat, lentil and pounded wheat). It tastes different on Eid.

For Aditi Rao Hydari, Eid is all about Haleem.

Richa Chadha: The only memory I have of Eid is from my college days in Delhi, when we would sometimes go to a friend’s house to eat sevaiyan.

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Richa Chadda talks about her Eid memories from her college days.

Sooraj Pancholi: I remember going to my nani’s (maternal grandmother) house as a kid. That was the only time of the year when I used to meet all my cousins. I was the youngest, so I used to love collecting the eidi. I wasn’t a big fan of biryani back then, but I loved the kheer my aunts used to make. I miss those days.

Sooraj Pancholi talks about how he “misses” the days when he spent Eid with his grandmother and cousins. (Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)

Saqib Saleem: My fondest memory of Eid is from my growing up years in Delhi. On Eid, I used to go to my dadi’s (paternal grandmother) house in Nizamuddin. All the cousins used to ask the elders for eidi. Everyone would give a different kind of Eidi, but there was this one uncle, who would give us Rs 50 each. By the end of the day, we would all sit, and count the total amount each one of us had got and then compare it.

Vivek Oberoi: I remember, as a kid, I tried to observe rozas with my friends, Faizal and Majid. Their mother used to make the most delicious sheer korma and biryani for us.

Emraan Hashmi: I have always celebrated Eid with my family in Mumbai. I remember going to the Bandra Masjid with my father, and sometimes with my friends, and then joining the entire family for a special lunch


First Published: Jul 05, 2016 19:03 IST

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