I have just come back from the 'Roadies X4' journey and I am extremely excited about Holi as this is going to be my first festival after coming back. For me Holi is incomplete without spraying colours on my girlfriend and family simply because they are the closest to me. I would like to smear my girlfriend, Anusha, with red and my family with blue.
I believe in celebrating colourless Holi. For me holi is getting into my washroom with my elder sister and my younger brother, my labrador, with a huge drum of water and a pichkari and spraying water on each other. However, this year Holi is going to be different cause I am sure my 'Girls On Top' gang is not going to spare me and they will drag me out of my house to play Holi. I usually celebrate Holi with water but if I really have to play Holi with colour and smear my favorite people, it would be with pink. Pink is my favorite colour and if I could, I would paint the town pink.
Like every year, I will dedicate Holi to my kids. Their friends usually come over. My wife and I prepare all kinds of snacks and sweets for them. We have a great time just looking at the kids having a blast. When I was in school, I played Holi with my friends as well and I still have those memories fresh in my head. Though a lot of fun, throwing water balloons from the terrace of our building was something we were always scolded for and I request everyone to play a safe Holi without hurting anybody. 'Rang Barse' is my all time favourite Holi song but 'Do me a favour let's play holi' by Anu Malik is another one I like. I would like to wish everyone a ‘Happy Holi!’.
Celebrating Holi is always a lot of fun. As a tradition, my friends and I welcome holi with safe and organic colours. It goes without saying that Holi is incomplete without jalebis, samosas and lots of sweets. As a kid, I used to have a neighbour called Sharma aunty, who used to adore me and prepare lots of snacks and sweets for me. Every Holi, I used to go to her place to binge on gujia, as it was her specialty. It is definitely my most favourite Holi memory. I love 'Balam Pichkari', but my favourite has to be Mr Bachchan's song 'Rang Barse', as it takes me back to my college days.
I love the festival of colours, however I believe that one must be mindful about the safety of others too. I would like to ask everyone and all my fans to play Holi using eco friendly colours and just use one litre of water through the day while they celebrate the festival.
Holi for me is not just a festival of colours but it goes beyond that. It is the time where we must let bygones be bygones and embrace each other with love and compassion. It is the season of spreading smiles. Also I would like to urge all my fans who will be playing Holi to be a little considerate and to not waste water. Let us conserve water and play a safe and dry Holi.
This year too like every year I will be playing Holi with eco friendly colours. I will be making lots of sweets and special snacks. So this year I will be celebrating Holi in my own special way.
I don’t celebrate Holi. Since childhood, I didn’t like the wastage of water that happens during the festival. However, knowingly unknowingly, I am happy I never wasted water as now water shortage has become a serious problem. I have played Holi only for the camera for my shows as it was unavoidable. But yes, I do love to eat Puranpoli which is a speciality in Maharashtra. I like to celebrate Holi by eating sweets and knowing the importance of the festival. I would want to request each and every one that please play dry Holi and don’t waste even a drop of water. This step might save a lot of lives.
I personally love the colours and the festival both. On sets, we do celebrate Holi as a one big family. This year, onscreen Holi is going to be little different as there will be a special Girls v/s Boys Holi and we are playing eco-friendly Holi. However, this time I am more excited as I will be enjoying the festival three times. One for the shoot, one with my 'Chidiya Ghar' family and one with my friends and family.
On the occasion of Holi on Thursday, TV stars like Supriya Pilgaonkar, Gautami Kapoor and Gautam Rode have urged fans to have "safe" and "dry" celebrations.
Here's what these celebrities have to say about the festival of colours:
Supriya Pilgaonkar: Holi is all about an array of colours and water and personally I'm very fond of the festival, as it is said that it takes away all the negative energy. As a Maharashtrian, there are special dishes prepared at my home such as Puran Poli, Katachi Aamti, Phirni and many more which adds to the excitement of this colourful festival. This year on Holi, my family and I will play a dry Holi. As a message to all my fans have a happy and safe Holi and avoid playing with water.
Gautami Kapoor: Holi is a festival of colours which brings people of all castes, creed and culture together to spread happiness and joy. However, my humble request is that kindly be aware of the water crisis and let's be conscious and not waste water! Instead, let's work towards conserving water and celebrate Holi this year with dry and eco-friendly colours.
Rithvik Dhanjani: My earliest memories of Holi were of all the rowdy boys in our small town back home throwing anyone and everyone who got out of their houses into dirty and muddy water, with a lot of water balloons on people's home windows as well! This year though, I will be working in the US during Holi, but will definitely attend some Holi events there.
Debina Bonnerjee: This year, it's going to be quite a spontaneous plan I am sure, and besides that it will just be a small celebration with mom and dad at home and applying some gulaal rang on each other.
Aashka Goradia: Nowadays after seeing the way people play Holi, I just don't step out of my house at all and completely avoid celebrating the festival! Which is also me being eco-friendly and not wasting any water.
Nandish Sandhu: My best Holi memories were the ones celebrated in my childhood back home in Rajasthan with my entire family and a bunch of close friends. This year, I don't really have any Holi plans to be honest, but if something does come up end moment, I might just join in.
Shaheer Sheikh: When I was a kid, me and my friends used to go to the terrace with water balloons. We used to wait for the people to come on the street so that we can throw balloons at them. This year I don't have anything special planned for Holi because I usually do not play it. Till now, I have celebrated this festival only on set, so probably this year also I will be playing with colours while shooting.
Shakti Arora: Holi is one of the major festivals and is the most vibrant of all. The joys of Holi knows no bounds and the festival is filled with so much fun and frolic. I don't play much with colours but I completely enjoy the sight of people drenched with water and gulaal. As a message to all my fans, have a safe and happy Holi and please save water.
Gautam Rode: Holi is one of my favourite festival and I love playing it every year but this time I have made a promise to myself that I will only play dry Holi. I urge the viewers and my fans to conserve water and play waterless Holi.
Erica Fernandes: This year I wish, I get an opportunity to see a Holika bonfire where I can sing and dance as I have never seen that. I wish everybody a colourful and waterless Holi.
Harshad Arora: The festival of Holi can be regarded as a celebration of the colours of unity and brotherhood -- an opportunity to forget all differences and indulge in pure fun. I hope everyone has a Holi which is filled with happy moments and colourful memories which they will be able to cherish forever.
Ridhima Pandit: I am looking forward to celebrating Holi with my two dear babies, my niece and my nephew. Even though I don't play with water and colours, I love to watch my niece and nephew indulge in these festive colours.
(With inputs from agencies)