FILMY SPARK TO DI­WALI CRACK­ERS

Will it be Sallu phul­jadi or Kat anar? Bol­ly­wood is light­ing up the cracker mar­ket this Di­wali

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditya Dogra aditya. dogra@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Sal­man, Ka­t­rina and Deepika are joined by Thor, Iron Man and Spi­der­man in Sadar Bazar while Bahubali and Dhoni make guest ap­pear­ances. No, they are not shoot­ing for a Hol­ly­wood-Bol­ly­wood pot­boiler! The fire­cracker industry is hav­ing a crackling Di­wali and th­ese stars and char­ac­ters are the hottest picks this sea­son.

All around Sadar Bazar, one can see film­stars and su­per­heroes on the boxes of chakris, anars, phul­jadis and rocket bombs.

“Sallu bhai har ja­gah hai pataako pe. Fil­mon mein bhi woh hit hai aur pataako mein bhi. Log kha­reedte bhi hai aur de­mand bhi hai ky­onki unhe lagta hai pataako mein Sallu bhai wala dum hoga,” says Ar­jun Bharad­waj of Manak­tala Bros, a cracker seller in the mar­ket. seller,ll f favours thh the girls,il “Son­akshi aur Deepika sabse hit hai pack­ag­ing mein. Bol­ly­wood ka zor re­hta hai har saal, pichle saal Hol­ly­wood ka tha. Iss saal mushkil se Hol­ly­wood ke chehre dikhe hai.”

Even then shops have crack­ers with su­per­heros like Thor, Iron Man and Spi­der­man. Stills of films like Troy, Avatar and Bahubali also adorn the pack­ages. shoph owner i in th the area, also told us that when it comes to buy­ing crack­ers, peo­ple pre­fer to car ry home the most at­trac­tive pack­ages and it is the stars that add this value to what they are sell­ing. “Bol­ly­wood aur su­per­heros toh hai hi, par agar Dhoni jaise log packet pe bane ho toh log za­roor kha­reedte hai. Cricket jo josh lata hai, uska koi match nahi hota.”

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