MUMBAI: The Festival of Colours brings out the child in us. So when it’s that time of the year again, it’s a crime to stay calm. Everyone has made plans as to how they are going to spend their Holi, and that too after two years of the Covid induced lull. The actors from Jatin Sethi, Mahesh Pandey and Piyush Gupta’s popular daily soap Aggar Tum Na Hote share about their Holi plans this year and the significance of the festival. They even reveal their favourite colour, song.
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Himanshu Soni(Abhimanyu): Nothing fancy. My wife Sheetal has some plans with family and friends, we will play a little bit of colour, only dry colour. And I would urge everyone that we are still not over the pandemic so please be safe and save water. Holi means the victory of good over evil, also to let bygones be bygones and start afresh. My favourite colour is blue. And my favourite Holi song is “Jai Jai Shivshankar”.
Simaran Kaur (Niyati)
We all will have a blast on Holi this year. Finally, I can meet my friends and play gulal with them. There will be food, music, and dancing with my near and dear ones. I love to share my happiness with underprivileged children on all occasions. So, this time too I have made a plan to spread joy by giving Gujia and clothes to children near my apartment. Holi is the most fun festival. The whole atmosphere is filled with passion, energy and liveliness, which is totally infectious. Holi is the time to let your hair down and have fun with colours. I love playing with Gulal and also drawing rangolis at home. As I said, I love red, magenta, blue, all colours. But my favourite among them is Red, the colour of passion. My favourite Holi song is Balam Pichkari, from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I love this movie and everything about it. Second, the song captures the true spirit of Holi, the music, and picturisation, everything is absolutely drenched in the essence of the festival.
Reyaansh Vir Chadha (Angad)
I usually celebrate Holi with my family. My mom and cousin stay with me. This time too we all will be celebrating together. I love playing water Holi. The apartment, where I stay, has organised a beautiful Holi party, so I will be attending that as well. For me, the significance of Holi is that it brings back those happy childhood memories when I used to play Holi with friends in school. My favourite colour is Gulabi and my favourite song is Rang Barse that features Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha.
Avinash Wadhawan (Gajendra Pandey)
Holi, since my childhood, has always been a much-awaited festival. We start the day with puja in our house and then celebrate it with great gusto and enthusiasm. This year my 10-year-old son Samraat has already made his plans with his friends, who stay in the neighbourhood. We too, keeping in mind a few pandemic restrictions, are going to have a low key celebration with dry herbal colours and mithai. Holi signifies good winning over evil. It also celebrates the beginning of spring and end of winter. On this day, friends and relatives play with colours, laugh a lot, forget and forgive. My all time favorite colour is blue. My favourite Holi song is from my own film, Awaaz De Kahan Hai. Music by Naushad Saab, the lyrics go like ‘Barsa gulal aaj ghata rang bhari chhayee… aayee re Holi aayee’. This was the first song picturised on me, so I have many memories attached to it.
Sandhya Shungloo (Badki Amma)
My favourite colour is red, and, especially when you put abir in it, it looks just beautiful. Red is the brightest, full-of-life and attractive colour. Also for any women shringar is incomplete without the red colour. Personally, I love Holi and people are lucky to have their friends and family to play Holi with. You should play Holi with your loved ones and enjoy this colourful festival. Well, I have started celebrating Holi already. We had a pre-Holi party with a few friends and my daughter, where we played with flowers. I don’t know about the shooting scene around Holi, as our schedule is running tight. My favourite Holi song is from the movie Fagun, picturised on Waheeda Rehman. It’s a beautiful song that goes like, ‘Fagun ayo re, piya sang khelo holi’. Another favourite is the song that is full of masti, Balam Pichkari of the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I wish everyone a very Happy Holi! The last two years we couldn’t enjoy much, so this time enjoy to your heart’s content but follow precautions and stay safe.