FES­TI­VAL MEANS FAM­ILY FOR STARS

For Bol­ly­wood, Di­wali is a time to be spent with loved ones

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Like ev­ery Di­wali, most Bol­ly­wood celebs will in­dulge them­selves this fes­ti­val of lights. What’s com­mon to all is hav­ing their near and dear ones close, whether at a glit­ter­ing do or a more pri­vate am­bi­ence.

TAAPSEE PANNU: TIME FOR EX­TENDED FAM­ILY

Taapsee Pannu is tak­ing a two­day break to visit Delhi, her home­town, to cel­e­brate Di­wali. Taapsee says, “Like ev­ery year, I will take time off from work and go to Delhi to cel­e­brate with my fam­ily. Though this is my first Di­wali in my Mum­bai apart­ment, I don’t want to miss meet­ing my en­tire ex­tended fam­ily. I cel­e­brate Di­wali with tra­di­tional things like mak­ing a ran­goli, paint­ing diyas and dec­o­rat­ing the house. We do a small puja in the evening fol­lowed by a din­ner with the en­tire ex­tended fam­ily. This is our an­nual rit­ual.”

Tak­ing about the fes­ti­val, the ac­tor adds, “Di­wali is unique be­cause this is the only fes­ti­val when we end up tak­ing time out to spend to­gether at one place. This is what I would sug­gest to ev­ery­one.”

MANOJ BA­J­PAYEE: ONE WITH NA­TURE

Two-time Na­tional Award­win­ning ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee will have a unique Di­wali — much like the choices in his pro­fes­sional life.

Manoj has been work­ing round the clock this year, trav­el­ling across the film fes­ti­val cir­cuit and shoot­ing for up­com­ing projects. To re­ju­ve­nate him­self, a source tells us Manoj has planned a peace­ful Di­wali and left for an ashram for a month with his wife and daugh­ter, to med­i­tate in the midst of na­ture.

Manoj left for the ashram af­ter at­tend­ing the Dehradun In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Com­ment­ing on his unique way of cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali, the ac­tor says, “This year has been very ful­fill­ing yet hec­tic and I thought of this to get in touch with my body and soul. Na­ture is very im­por­tant for us to re­lieve our­selves of day-to-day stress. I also wanted my daugh­ter to learn the im­por­tance of na­ture and peace­ful­ness, so this year I thought of cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali in a peace­ful way with my fam­ily and spend­ing some qual­ity time with them. And when­ever I’m with my fam­ily, ev­ery day is a cel­e­bra­tion.”

SID­HARTH MAL­HO­TRA: BE­ING CON­TENT

Ev­ery year, Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra tries to take some time off in Di­wali to ei­ther spend with his fam­ily in Delhi or soak in the rev­elry in Mum­bai. How­ever, this time the ac­tor will, in all prob­a­bil­ity, have a work­ing Di­wali as he is in Luc­know shoot­ing for Jabariya Jodi. Far from be­ing upset about miss­ing the filmy Di­wali par­ties, he is hop­ing to squeeze in some­time to pay a quick visit to his fam­ily in Delhi.

“I am in Luc­know and will be shoot­ing on Di­wali, spend­ing time with my di­rec­tor and my team. Di­wali means cel­e­brat­ing pros­per­ity and what­ever you have and be­ing happy with it. That is what I’m do­ing this year. It does not mat­ter if you can’t meet your fam­ily or friends. When you work on a film set, those peo­ple be­come your friends and fam­ily. So we are go­ing to cel­e­brate Di­wali and we are go­ing to be jolly and happy. Yet, I am try­ing to see if I can meet my fam­ily in the sec­ond half as Luc­know is close to Delhi. If that works out, it will be great.”

YAMI GAU­TAM: FES­TIVE MI­NUS POL­LU­TION

Yami Gau­tam is off to her Chandi­garh home to spend time with fam­ily and friends as usual. How­ever this Di­wali will be dif­fer­ent as Yami plans to spread aware­ness about an eco-friendly and pol­lu­tion-free Di­wali in her Chandi­garh neigh­bour­hood with help from her friends in the city.

Yami says, “Di­wali is a fes­ti­val that al­ways brings me back home, each cel­e­bra­tion is even more spe­cial than the pre­vi­ous one. This time too I’m look­ing for­ward to fes­tiv­i­ties back home. How­ever, the grow­ing con­cern of pol­lu­tion in the last few years is some­thing we mustn’t ig­nore. That’s why this Di­wali, with my friends, I have taken an ini­tia­tive in our neigh­bour­hood to spread the mes­sage. The idea is to keep the fes­tive cheer alive with­out com­pro­mis­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in any way.” Rishabh Suri, Sneha Ma­hade­van

and Pooja Sharma

IT WAS A STARRY NIGHT AT THE ABODE OF KING KHAN, WHERE A HOST OF CELEBS CAME IN THEIR DI­WALI BEST. THE KHAN FAM­ILY POSED TO­GETHER, THOUGH EL­DER SON ARYAN WAS AWAY.

PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT

(Far left) Taapsee Pannu is spend­ing Di­wali in Delhi; (left) Yami Gau­tam will be with fam­ily in Chandi­garh

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/ HT PHOTO: TWIT­TER/GAURIKHAN

(Above) Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra will be shoot­ing in Luc­know; Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan with chil­dren Suhana and AbRam at their Di­wali party

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/BA­J­PAYEE.MANOJ

Manoj Ba­j­payee is off to a month­long re­treat with his fam­ily

It will be Neha Dhu­pia’s first Di­wali as a mum­to­be

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