Bollywood stars are set to have a sparkling and glittery Diwali on Sunday, with some planning to throw lavish parties and others taking a break from work to spend time with friends and family. A few others will have to contend with a working Diwali.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be celebrating the festival of lights in Mumbai with his family. “I would love to spend Diwali here but there are a couple of parties back in Mumbai that we have to attend. That has become a culture. So, I have to rush back,” Shah Rukh said while sharing his Diwali plans at an event in Delhi earlier this week.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has planned to add some more sparkle to the festival with a party, which is expected to be attended by many of Bollywood bigwigs, including Sidharth Malhotra. Big Diwali bashes are also expected from celebrities such as Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Ekta Kapoor. Actor Taapsee Pannu is “spending time with family like every Diwali”. “Difference being I have called my parents to Mumbai this time instead of going to Delhi myself. I will follow the ritual of making rangoli and painting diyas. I will do a small ardas at home and have dinner together,” Taapsee said.
Sharing her Diwali plans, actress Sonakshi Sinha said: “I’m not working on Diwali day fortunately because I think the entire industry takes an off on this auspicious day! My plans are to do the pooja at home and then go visit some friends who are having Diwali parties at their homes.” The actress says she “prefers to spend festivals with family but if i have to work I’m okay with that too... because you know what they say — work is worship”.
Malaika Arora will celebrate Diwali in Mumbai with family and close friends. “Bard of Blood” star Kirti Kulhari also has a similar plan. Alia Bhatt is going to have a working Diwali as she will be shooting for “Sadak 2” in Ooty. Actress Richa Chadha will be having a “peaceful Diwali with prayers and lights”.
The meaning of Diwali has changed for Sonal. “Now, Diwali means getting an opportunity to spend time with my family. Bursting of cracker is not there. I have grown up and I have realised that it was the worst thing we used to do as kids,” she said. (IANS)