For TV stars, Diwali means family time!
New Delhi: Away from their busy, chock-a-block shooting schedules,
small screen stars are looking forward to celebrating Diwali in the
company of their family members and friends.
Actors like Samir Soni, Avika Gor
and Shashank Vyas hope to get time off work to shop, decorate their
homes with lights and rangoli, burst crackers and gorge on sweets. And
those who won't get a break, are excited about spending the festival
with their colleagues on the sets.
Here are plans of some actors:Samir
Soni: I celebrate Diwali with my family in Delhi. This year is no
different as I and my wife will go to Delhi and celebrate the festival
of lights with our family. I believe Diwali is one of the rare
occasions when all friends and family get together and spend time with
Avika Gor: Diwali is my favourite
time of the year. From Dhanteras to Bhaiduj, I love all of it. The
sparklers, the temples, the diyas and the happiness of being together
with family fill so much happiness in our lives. I love shopping for
new clothes, bursting crackers and also the fact that we get to eat so
Pratyusha Bannerjee: A few years back, I was
sitting on my terrace, enjoying the bright lightings and the crazy
sound of the sparkling crackers. I was enjoying a lot, but when I
witnessed the smoke and residue of the crackers, I changed my way of
I realised these crackers spread so much air
and sound pollution. Since then, I have been celebrating an
environment-friendly Diwali with lots of sweets, shopping, diyas and
rangolis - which is equally satisfying.
Shashank Vyas: Given
that I am shooting throughout the year, Diwali is a period that we
spend together at home in blissful solitude. Diwali means a lot of
revelry and fireworks. As a child, I used to relish bursting crackers
with my father as that was my idea of fun for Diwali.
But when I
grew up and saw a child playing frivolously with crackers, I could not
stop myself and ran out to stop the child and explain to him how to
have a safe Diwali.
Apara Mehta: Diwali is never the same if not
celebrated with your family. It is that time when my entire family gets
together first for the Dhanteras puja and then the main Diwali puja. We
have a family dinner on our terrace where we all get together to burst
crackers and eat sweetmeats under the starry sky.Kritika
Kamra: I have always celebrated Diwali with my family. But this year I
am unable to meet them due to a hectic shoot schedule. Surely I am
going to miss my family.
Lokhande: I have always loved this festival of lights...making rangolis
and bursting crackers is so much fun! We also have a small celebration
on our sets 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.
Chibber: It's the time of the year when we celebrate with our near and
dear ones. It brings all of us closer. It spreads so much cheer. This
year I have full plans of celebrating Diwali with the cast and crew of
my show. There's going to be a big celebration on the sets. I have also
invited all my co-actors to my place on the Diwali day for a gala
Rubina Dilaik: This year
I'm hoping for a day off from the shoot of "Choti Bahu" a couple of
days prior to Diwali so that I can go shopping for diyas and decorate
my house beautifully. This is the only time when the entire family gets
together and we all exchange gifts. Mumbai at this time is dotted with
lights and it's a wonderful sight to see every nook and corner lit up.