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Bollywood stars on a good luck hunt!

Some say touchwood, while others believe in evil eye. Bollywood stars lead the pack when it comes to believing in superstitions. Princy Jain tells us how the stars ward off the evil.

entertainment Updated: Oct 07, 2008 19:25 IST
Princy Jain
Princy Jain
Hindustan Times

An increasing number of Indians, including Bollywood stars, are swearing by good luck charms and rituals. A study reveals that stress and the need for control is what makes people more superstitious. The research, led by a team from various US universities shows that those who felt that events were beyond their control were more likely to develop
superstitions—like having lucky clothes.

Some superstitions are universal — change your route to avoid a black cat, don’t cut your nails at night, lending scissors will sever a friendship — while some are unique.

“I always wear the right shoe first then left,” said Shahid Kapur. The actor confessed he is superstitious and has been following this “rule” since his school days. Actress Shilpa Shetty believes in the evil eye. “I don’t talk about things in advance, mujhe lagta hai ki nazar lag jaati hai. I do believe in evil eye.” said Shilpa. Sister Shamita looks to wood to ward off evil: “I have this habit of saying touch wood often”.

Star rules
Actress Rimmi Sen, born and raised in Kolkata, also believes in the evil eye and refrains from talking about her projects ahead of time. “If I talk about something which I am very excited about, it won’t happen,” she said.
Soap queen Ekta Kapoor is the biggest endorser of ‘good luck’. “It’s a rule in Balaji Telefilms to offer prayers to Ganpati before clap shots. She never starts a new show on Wednesday as it’s considered a khaali din. She matches horoscopes of the lead pair before starting a new show” said a source close to Ekta.

Many stars, from actor Manoj Kumar to Anupam Kher are superstitious about flying. “I only fly wearing white and blue,” says Kher, “It’s a superstition I have nursed since long.” He is also known to be a believer of Feng Shui.

Believe it or not
Shilpa and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are also followers of Feng Shui. Shilpa recently renovated her house according to Feng Shui. “It was done under my mother’s guidance,” said Shilpa.

Aishwarya took the help of Feng Shui master Charuhas Naik to ensure positivity in hubby Abhishek’s life by redoing his vanity van.

Is it rational to live with such beliefs, in a time when lives are lived by science and gadgets? “It’s a matter of faith. There’s no harm in following a certain notion, if this gives you peace of mind,” says filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, who has not named his films with any alphabet other than ‘K’ since his directorial debut in the year 1987 with Khudgarz.

The study meanwhile found that “lack of control” is what leads people to see patterns even where no true pattern exists. The research team said their findings help explain why baseball players perform elaborate rituals or stock analysts sometimes see ominous trends in perfectly innocuous data.

First Published: Oct 07, 2008 18:45 IST