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With the festival of colours here again, thestatesman.com caught up with some of the most popular faces of television to know about their favourite Holi memories and here’s what they had to say:
For actor Rithvik Dhanjani Holi was always special with his favourite bunch of boys, “My earliest memory of Holi is of all the rowdy boys in our small town back home throwing anyone and everyone who got out of their houses into the dirty and muddy water. With a lot of water balloons on people and smacking their windows as well, “the popular TV host shared.
On being asked about his Holi plans for this year, he said, “This year on Holi I'll be shooting & probably missing it. But I'm going to be in Mumbai but I don't really think my Holi this year will be as exciting as the previous years. Also, my friends are travelling. I have a lot of things are lined up.”
Actress Aashka Goradia, who is very excited to celebrate Holi with her American beau, shared her favourite Holi memories,” My favourite holi memories are the ones of back in school. Where I would make a lot of water balloons with my cousins through the night before Holi & then we would, of course, burst them on each other on the Holi day.”
“Although I have no Holi plans this year, I’m very excited to show Brent how Holi is celebrated,” the actress added.
The Yeh hai Mohabattein actor Vivek Dahiya, whose adorable pictures with wife Divyanka Tripathi is always the talk of the town, shared that he hasn’t played Holi for a very long time. “Probably the last I played was when I was 18 because after that I moved out. In the recent years, I haven't really played. My earliest memory of Holi would be all friends would gather & we would be a riot splashing colours on each other.”
“Not just the friends, everyone in the vicinity would gather & have a merry time. I vividly remember that my mum used to make Gur ka Dalia which would be sweet as well as filling. We would get to know so many new people in the neighbourhood during Holi as everyone came together & brought in the festivities as one big happy family,” the actor said reminiscing his childhood days.
After completing a successful stint in Bigg Boss, actor Rohan Mehra, who is back with a bang, feels that his favourite memories were from his days in Amritsar. “We would start the festivities well in advance. My sisters & other cousins would get together & spend an evening filling water balloons & relishing sweets prepared by mum. The weather would be pleasant so a night before Holi, a night before we would sit around the Holi fire & after our mums breaking the fast we would all binge on a scrumptious meal & sing & dance the night away. On the day of Holi, we would burst water colours on each other & play with colours followed by hours of dancing," zealous actor shared.
"This year I'm celebrating Holi with Kanchi(his rumoured girfriend & few other friends in Mumbai," Rohan Mehra disclosed.