As a result of pandemic, Holi this time round can be a low-key affair for many celebrities


Gurnaaz Kaur

Holi was big in Bollywood until Covid-19 reared its ugly head and brought normal life to a halt. So, what is B-town doing this time around on this vibrant day? While some say the virus has dampened the feel of the festival, there are those who are keeping the spirit alive, even if it means an intimate gathering. Daler Mehndi, for instance, is celebrating Holi like every year, only this time the number of guests will be few. “Celebrations are full on, just as every year, but with very close family members. We play Holi with rose and marigold petals. No water and no colour this time — though my youngest daughter, Rabab, wants pichkari and balloons.”

Fun with caution

Nikita Rawal, who lives in a joint family, says, “We will arrange a ghazal party this time, lots of good food but with all the precautions,” she says. Mumbai Saga actor Vivaan Parashar is nostalgic as he talks about Holi. He says, “I really look forward to this festival; playing with colours, having fun with friends and family. But Holi isn’t a priority this time. Festivals will come and go, but, more importantly, we have to take care of our loved ones.”

Rohit Roy

Actress Mugdha Godse says, “We all have to take care and be safe. So it’ll be about celebrating at home and praying that this pandemic gets over soon.” Keeping it low-key, Digangana Suryavanshi says, “I don’t think we can actually play Holi at home or we’ll make a total mess of our house! Jokes apart, Holi is sweets and prayers this year.”

Malvi Malhotra is somewhat sad that no festival feels the same now. “People are scared; a lot of things have changed since the pandemic. I miss the festive vibe.”

Family affair

Actor Rohit Roy feels Holi need not be boisterous! He says, “The charm of Holi is the colour and bonhomie, so after our family puja and some organic colours, we will go to watch Mumbai Saga. I’ve been shooting every day since the release, so haven’t able to catch it in theatres yet; I want to experience it first-hand.”

Thakur Anoop Singh, who will be seen in Singam 3, says, “Holi is definitely a beautiful festival, but while water-wastage becomes a legitimate problem every year, this year, the issue is even bigger, and that’s Covid-19. Since the cases are multiplying by the day, I’d opt for Homli (Homely+Holi) and advice the same to everyone. While it’s great fun to meet family and friends and play Holi, if we avoid going out this time, we may be able to celebrate a virus-free Holi next year!”



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