Rithvik Dhanjani – Arjun of Pavitra Rishta: As a child, I used to go out with my father every Diwali to shop for crackers. This used to make me very happy and I still cherish those memories. Every Diwali I make it a practice to gift sweets and diyas to all of my friends. I don’t usually burst noisy crackers like bombs and rockets, but prefer lighting up anaars, chakrees and phuljhadis that are not noisy at all. The decibel level of bombs and the smoke they emit is destructive not just to the environment but human health and well being too. That is why I don’t think there is any kind of fun in bursting noisy crackers!
Asha Negi – Purvi of Pavitra Rishta: I have always loved this festival of lights. Making rangolis and ofcourse bursting crackers is so much fun! And we also tend to have a small celebration on the sets of Pavitra Rishta as well. It is like one big happy family! The huge variety of sweets that one has at home makes this my time of indulgence as it is the only occasion I get to spend time with my family and close friends. Of course, as always, the year’s celebrations depend on our shoot schedules although I do plan to definitely spend a day with my family and friends.
Shrishty Rode – Sarita of Punarvivaah: I have always celebrated Diwali with my family. It is that one occasion that I get to meet my entire family at one place. Ofcourse the gifts that I receive from my bhaiyyas is also an added incentive. (laughs)I absolutely love helping my mom make sweets and decorate the house with lights, diyas & rangolis. The lights and the festive atmosphere makes the entire house look so beautiful!
Paridhi Sharma – Jodha of Jodha Akbar: While the normal preparations of spring cleaning the house, festive shopping, lighting diyas and bursting crackers are on, I believe that festivals like Diwali are the perfect occasion for a family reunion and a celebration of these special moments with our loved ones. I would like to wish everyone a very happy, safe and noiseless Diwali. It's time for all to let go of their diets and indulge in high calorie sweets. A little indulgence never killed anyone!
Surbhi Jyoti (Zoya of Qubool Hai): I love firecrackers, but I ensure that I burst crackers with utmost safety and would appeal to everyone to have a safe and prosperous Diwali with their near and dear ones and good luck and happiness in the coming year. I love shopping and just like every year, this year too I will go all out and splurge on new clothes for Diwali and spend time with friends and family since I haven't got any quality time to myself in a while. My friend's mom always prepares a special sweet for me and I can't wait to relish it!
Roopal Tyagi (Gunjan of Sapne Suhaane Ladakpan Ke): I have some amazing memories of celebrating Diwali during my childhood days. Being the eldest daughter it was my responsibility to decorate the entire house. After the Laxmi-Ganesh puja our first job was to light up the earthen lamps and burst crackers. Staying away from family now, I ensure to follow the same rituals here as well and feel at home. The only difference being - here I celebrate this festival with my extended family i.e. my close friends. However, this year I will also be celebrating it with my co-stars of Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke.
Vikrant Massey (Ayan of Qubool Hai): I love the festival of lights. It’s the time of the year when we celebrate with our near and dear ones and this is an occasion which brings all of us closer and spreads cheer around. Staying away from family, I ensure that I celebrate this festival with my friends and co-actors. This time, however, the entire cast of Qubool Hai has planned to celebrate Diwali together on the sets since we are all like a family now.
Gautami Kapoor (Shruti of Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi): I have always looked forward to festivals ever since I was a kid. This is the only time when the entire family gets together and we all exchange gifts. I remember one incident where we had gone to our relative’s place and returned to find that one rocket had burnt our curtains. Thankfully the windows were almost completely closed and no damage was done to the room. In Mumbai, the city is dotted with lights and it’s a wonderful sight to see every nook and corner lit up. This year I’m hoping for a day off from the shoot of Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi a couple of days prior to Diwali so that I can go shopping for diyas and other decorative and decorate my house beautifully.
Sucheta Trivedi (Sushma of Bh Se Bhade): Diwali for me is all about crackers, sweets, new clothes, rangolis and kandils. I actively participated in making the elaborate and ornate Rangoli at our doorstep with my siblings. I think the kid in me comes alive during such festivities when I go all out and celebrate the festival like a child.
Manav Gohil (Sanjay of Khelti Hai Zindai Aankh Micholi): Diwali is one festival when I ensure that I go celebrate this festival with my family, either by going back home or by calling my family down to Mumbai. My daughter loves the lights, rangolis and the crackers around and enjoys to have company of friends and family around. www.cityairnews.com
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