Telly stars plan a special Holi
Small screen’s big faces share their cherished Holi memories and reveal how they plan to celebrate the festival of colours this time
It’s a festival that brings together people — big and small, old and young. You can be naughty and get away with it as well. From the gulaal to the balloons and the pichkaris, I love it all. I love dunking someone in the water and then saying, ‘Bura mat manna, par aaj Holi hai!’.
Holi is one of my favourite festivals. As a child, I adored the tale of Hiranyakashipu and Prahlada. I love the part where Prahlada is saved because of his faith in Lord Vishnu and how evil Holika is consumed by the flames. I also try and shed a bad habit every Holi; it’s a family ritual.
I love playing Holi, but I don’t like the reddish hue of gulaal that stays on my face for a couple of days after Holi. As a kid, I used to even enjoy that as it was a way of showing your class mates how much fun you had playing Holi. But now the gulaal aftermath is just an embarrassment.
I will play Holi this year with my wife, family and friends at my residence. It will be a dry Holi because of scarcity of water in some parts of our country. My most memorable Holi was in 2011; my first Holi after marriage.
This time I am planning to celebrate Holi in Mumbai with all my friends, provided I am not shooting on that day. We will go out, play with colours, sing and dance on Holi songs; and do all kinds of masti.
Riddhi Dogra Vashisth
I am eagerly waiting for Holi. As a kid my friends and I would prepare ourselves way in advance for Holi. If I have to recall which is my favourite memory of Holi, I won’t be able to say as I have only colourful memories in my mind. This year is a very special Holi for me, as it’s my first after my wedding.
asIf something nice is happening in my building, then we will celebrate Holi there. Otherwise, between our family friends, we will plan a celebration for sure. The kids love playing Holi, and at their age even I used to be quite naughty. But now I prefer playing Holi with natural colours or gulaal, because as an actor, I need to use colours that come off easily.
I love Holi. Undoubtedly, it’s my favourite festival. I’ve always played a very wild Holi with my friends and family, using tomatoes, eggs and colours. I still remember once I had fever but still I played Holi with water, and not only that I also ate laddu that were full of bhang. Now, you can imagine how my Holi would be this year!
Anirudh (Indu Singh Ruk Jana Nahi)
I have always enjoyed the festival of color, Holi. In fact when I was a kid I would prepare myself days in advance. I would take water guns in my hand and attach the people. Throw colors of my neighbor’s cars and make it color full. Once I was even yelled at by one of my neighbor but I didn’t realize it that time. Since now I have a personal car and when I have to clean after Holi I have realized how painful it is. Even today I play Holi with same enthusiasm but I ensure I don’t use too many harmful colors and stick to dry Holi.
Shaleen (Ranveer, Sajda Tere Pyaar Main)
As a child I have always waited for Holi especially the sweets and the Masti my friends and I did. Now also the level of Masti is same but yes I spend more time with my wife. I am not much of a party person so I will be spending time with wife and close friends and may be go to my farm house and celebrate there.
Saumya (Navya, Navya)
Holi is like the most exciting festival for me. More than playing I love to watch how people go and apply color to each other and how they behave when they are high on Bhang. This time I will be playing holi with family and will enjoy all the sweets that my mother will make.
Riddhi (Priya, Maryada)
I love Holi and trust me right now also I have a countdown going on, on how many days to it. In fact if I was to rate the festivals HOLI would be on top of the list. As a kid also my friends and I would prepare ourselves way in advance for this color full festival. If I have to recall which is my favorite memory of Holi I won’t be able to say as I have only color full memories in my mind. This time is a very special Holi for me as it is my first after my wedding. I am really looking forward for the day.