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 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.”

MANOJ BAJPAYEE: ONE WITH NA­TURE

Manoj Bajpayee will have a unique Di­wali — much like the choices in his pro­fes­sional life. To re­ju­ve­nate him­self af­ter a hec­tic year, a source tells us Manoj left for an ashram for a month with his wife and daugh­ter, to med­i­tate in the midst of na­ture. “I wanted to get in touch with my body and soul. I also wanted my daugh­ter to learn the im­por­tance of na­ture, so this year I thought of cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali in peace with my fam­ily. With my fam­ily, ev­ery day is a cel­e­bra­tion,” says Manoj.

SIDHARTH MAL­HO­TRA: BE­ING CON­TENT

Sidharth Mal­ho­tra tries to take time off ev­ery Di­wali to meet fam­ily in Delhi or soak in the Mum­bai rev­elry. This time he’ll prob­a­bly have a work­ing Di­wali as he is shoot­ing in Luc­know. Yet, he’s hop­ing to pay a quick visit to his fam­ily. “Di­wali means cel­e­brat­ing what­ever you have and be­ing happy with it. That’s what I’m do­ing this year. It does not mat­ter if you can’t meet fam­ily or friends. When you work on a film set, those peo­ple be­come friends and fam­ily. Yet, I am try­ing to see if I can meet my fam­ily as Luc­know is close to Delhi,” he says.

YAMI GAU­TAM: FES­TIVE MI­NUS POL­LU­TION

Yami Gau­tam is off to her Chandigarh home to spend time with fam­ily and friends. She also plans to spread aware­ness on an eco-friendly Di­wali there with help from lo­cal friends. Yami says, “Di­wali al­ways brings me back home. But pol­lu­tion in the last few years is some­thing we mustn’t ig­nore. So this Di­wali, I have taken an ini­tia­tive with friends in our neigh­bour­hood to spread the mes­sage— keep the fes­tive cheer alive with­out com­pro­mis­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in any way.”

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; (Be­low) It will be Neha Dhu­pia’s first Di­wali as a mum­to­be

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