With the festival of colours Holi right around the corner, Bollywood actresses Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Kriti Sanon share their plans for the fiesta and give out tips for having a colourful blast without damaging one's skin and hair.
Although the festival, which falls on Friday this year, is about colours, taking care of one's skin and hair cannot be ignored.
Vidya, who will play Holi "with friends" this year, says her "fondest memory" of the festival dates back to the time when she used to fill up balloons with her father.
"My fondest memory is that of my father filling balloons with water early in the morning. We'd go up to the terrace and throw balloons at each other," Vidya said in a statement.
The "Dirty Picture" actress's favourite Holi song is "Rang barse" and "Ab ke saawan".
Talking about her modus operandi on the day of Holi, she said: "Before Holi I make it a point to oil religiously and protect my hair from the colours and the dust. Even for skin I apply oil so that there are less chances of the colour staying back on my skin."
While Vidya is religious about oiling her hair and skin, Deepika isn't much different either as she too uses coconut-based oil for protection against colours and dust.
"I usually massage my hair with coconut-based hair oil. It not only protects my hair from the harsh colours and chemicals but also provides nourishment," Deepika said.
"For my skin, I moisturise well and use sun screen before I set out to play Holi. This helps me in removing the colour from my skin more easily and protection from the sun," she added.
The festival has been one of Deepika's favourite since childhood but due to commitments to her films, it'll be a "working Holi" for her.
"I am shooting for 'Tamasha' and 'Bajirao Mastani' so we may play Holi on the sets. This year will be a working Holi for me," she said.
Speaking about her favourite Holi song, the actress said: "I know they are my own songs but I have to admit that "Balam pichkari" and "Lahu muh lag gaya" are my current favourite."
Shraddha, whose favourite Holi memory used to be joining the mega-bash at Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's house on the festival, will celebrate this Holi with her upcoming film "ABCD2" crew.
Like Deepika, Shraddha also considers "Balam pichkari" as her favourite Holi song.
Speaking about hair and skin care for the festival, she said: "A ritual I have been following since years is applying adequate oil on my hair -- given that colours are bound to damage my hair. Pre-Holi, I make sure to moisturise my skin well."
"Heropanti" actress Kriti Sanon, who is set to celebrate her first Holi after her Bollywood debut, will be celebrating the occasion with her family and considers "Rang barse" as her "universal Holi anthem".
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