Holi is not only the festival of colours but it also symbolises love and friendship. It is that time of the year where you get to renew your friendship and express your heartiest love with bright colours, water balloons, sweets and a lot of masti! My most memorable Holi was the first one after I got married. Rohit is my best friend and playing Holi with him is the most fun.
I love Holi. It’s a good opportunity to meet friends. My most memorable Holi was in Ujjain with school friends. In Mumbai, I would celebrate with friends. I would attend few Holi parties too. It’s nice to see happy colourful faces. I would drink thandai too, and have fun!
I play Holi every year. I love the festival. I play with my gang of friends. We do party hopping and have a blast. I eat well and let my hair down. It’s a fantastic festival to hang out with friends. An actor’s life is so busy so such opportunities are rare.
It’s been eight years since I have stopped playing Holi. We talk about saving water and on the other hand on the name of a festival we waste so much water. It’s nothing against Holi. But for me it’s all about putting a gulal tikka and be with friends.
It’s the togetherness which makes it the best experience for me. The foods made on this day — gujhiya and phara — are so mouth watering that they drag me to the kitchen again and again. We friends in my hometown meet at a junction and put abeer on each other. This get together is the best part for me. The very environment makes it so special. And there’s a popular saying for Holi which says bura na mano holi hai which lets you colour even strangers.
Every year on Holi, I go out with my friends and dance crazy. But sadly, this time I am going to miss all the fun, as I am not keeping well. When I was a kid, I spent countless hours filling up water balloon. My brother Taufik and I used to hide on our roof top and throw water balloons at random people and smear their faces with colours. I remember once, I was about to fall from the roof while throwing the balloons!
Every Holi had been fantastic but I remember this one time I had just started dating my wife and she had her final exams. I decided to just stop over and pay a quick visit as I didn’t want to disturb her. Some more friends joined and the little stop over became a long one, there was even some bhaang that got sneaked in. So Holi is a lot calmer now, and it’s all about my son Arwaann. Every year, we go to my in laws’ place where we blow up inflatable pools and fill water in it and play Holi with organic colours.
My most memorable Holi would be the ones I spent at my grandmother’s place. We would trash all the cars because we used to be on our roof. So any car which used to come was trashed by our balloons. I remember doing it every year, how people used to get irritated and we used to find it very funny. Now, if somebody does that to me I would get really upset. This year I will celebrate it with friends because Rohit is not here. It will be like house hopping, one party from another.
I fell sick the very first time I played Holi as I used a lot of colours and water guns. But I remember I used to play with water balloons with my cousins. I like playing with water more than colours. So we used to start filling water balloons from 5 in the morning! I am going to Banaras this time. I have never been there for Holi. This is my second Holi after marriage but my first with in-laws.
I will be celebrating Holi with my family in Pune as we will be doing this after years. It will be a dry Holi with organic colours and of course it’s very important that everyone save every drop of water. We as kids used to celebrate Holi with all friends and family and at that, we really used to have fun with watercolours, water filled balloons and sometimes mud slush. My mom used to make a variety of sweets and food and we all used to have a late lunch.
This year we will play only with dry colours. My most memorable Holi in recent times was in 2012. I used to shoot for Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon those days. As there were no scenes slotted for that day I went to play Holi with friends. I had bhaang too. When I came back there were 50 odd missed calls from my EP as a scene had to be added to that day’s schedule. I went on set, and what followed was a riot. Everyone in the crew had a blast with me in high spirits. Two days later that scene was on air and I had no recollection of shooting it!
It is a big task to put gulal on my father’s forehead, so my brother, my mother and I have to do it with great difficulty. Every year we first celebrate it with family and then meet all the friends. I will never forget the Holi when Jaya Bachchan herself had invited us for Holi at the Bacchan residence. Holi is all about worshipping the Holi goddess, take blessings from the elders, forget all the bad memories, play with colours, spread love and happiness everywhere.
Holi is a festival of colours, a lot of food and catching up with friends. I’ll be in Mumbai with my friends and co-actors. Let’s try and save water and also avoid colours and products that might harm the skin and health. The red gulaal is my favourite and my day starts with putting it on Krishna. I miss the family unions on this festival
This Holi is going to be fun. Fondest and dearest memories of Holi are of my childhood when I used to go to my farm along with all my friends and play Holi in tube well. Today’s pool parties are not even close to the tube well parties. They followed with heavy lunch consisting of desi ghee vegetables, ghee shakkar and choolah rotis.
Our life starts with colour, runs with colour and ends with colour. Colours add beauty to life. There are many difficulties and hardships in our life. We have to make them colourful with our activities. We have to fill everyone’s life with happiness. So we fill all the people on Holi with colours. Some colours make us happy some colours makes us sad and some colours make us tears but without colours, our feelings have no value.
I would play Holi as if there is no tomorrow. I like to play with water but use limited water. I like colors and it’s great fun. I would be celebrating Holi in Mumbai. I look forward to this colourful festival every year. I would play with friends with gulaal and no water. I like to see various colours on everyone’s face and clothes. It gives opportunity to meet so many people when you go to Holi parties.
I used to go in groups with friends on campus, then we used to play colours. I grew up watching my parents applying the tradition tikka on each other, then they used to get coloured outside. My mom used to make gulab jamuns and a lot of sweets. So this one time my aunt, mixed bhaang in the rotis and gave it to my father as a joke. I was very curious. So I took the entire cake of bhaang and ate it in a washroom! I don’t remember a thing after that.
I don’t play Holi in Mumbai as most of my friends are in my hometown Delhi. But this time, I am planning a small get together at home. We will dance crazly and gorge on delicious Holi snacks. When I was a kid, I used to be enthusiastic about celebrating Holi. I used to wake up early in the morning, so that I can fill up a lot of water balloons, which were used as torpedos. I remember, once I hit the balloon directly on the head of a bald man from the 7th floor, after which he created a lot of hungama.
We always celebrate Holi with pomp and gaiety. As now my parents are shifted from Delhi to Mumbai, so this time we will play Holi with much more vehemence and fervor. My mom is an awesome cook and she makes amazing gujhiya.