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It’s time for the festival synonymous with blossoming love, casual flirting, mistaken identities and occasionally crime. On and off small screen sets...Sujata Reddy & Janaki Viswanathan write...

india Updated: Mar 10, 2009 20:16 IST
Sujata Reddy and Janaki Viswanathan
Sujata Reddy and Janaki Viswanathan
Hindustan Times

It’s time for the festival synonymous with blossoming love, casual flirting, mistaken identities and occasionally crime. For Hussain Kuwajerwala, Holi wasn’t something he enjoyed much.. until recently.

The Indian Idol host will attend parties around town along with his wife Tina, much like he did last year. The one thing he will miss is shooting for a pichkaari-gulal sequence with his Kumkum Pyara sa Bandhan unit. Reason: the Star Plus love saga co-starring Juhi Parmar, is on its way out.

Kuwajerwala reveals that he had played Holi for the first time on the sets of the afternoon daily. “As a child, I never got out much on Holi.. colours and me didn’t blend. I preferred monkeying around with water balloons,” laughs the actor. “Then, we had to shoot for a Holi sequence in Kumkum.. and I didn’t have a choice. But once I got into the spirit of things, I enjoyed myself.”

White is right
Kuwajerwala adds that shooting a Holi sequence is great fun because the entire unit is drenched in colour, and
unidentifiable. “And at that point, we don’t mind several retakes,” he jokes.

His choice of clothing for Holi parties? “White, of course. Wearing black on Holi makes no sense.. the colours don’t show up,” reasons Kuwajerwala. Any bhang-induced embarrassments? “None.. I was never into bhang,” he says firmly.

Other actors.. other plans
Dilip Joshi of Taarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma has learnt to stay off bhang the hard way. He recalls a trip to Udaipur when his friends coaxed him try the drink.

“They told me it was thandai,” laughs Joshi. Later, when they hitched a ride on a truck, he felt as if he was falling off, every time the vehicle took a turn.

“Another friend of mine was convinced that he had become Bruce Lee. We couldn’t stop cracking up at his karate antics,” he remembers.

His on-screen biwi Disha Vanaki shot for the Holi sequence too but this year it will be a sombre festival at home because there’s been a death in the family. “When I play Holi, I never think about allergies or after-effects. They can be taken care of. I still have traces of colour from the Taarak Mehta shoot..” she smiles.

Choti Bahu’s Rubina Dilaik, however, has to consider the after-effects. The actress who shot for a Holi sequence for the first time on the sets of the daily, admits she had a blast. “But someone smeared my face with non-organic colour and I had an allergic reaction. It’s under control now,” she insists. If she isn’t required on the sets today, Dilaik would love to play with pichkaaris for real.

(As told to Sujata Reddy and Janaki Viswanathan)