Undoubtedly, Holi has always been a favourite festival in Bollywood. The riot of colours, the reverberating desi numbers, the intoxicating ice cold glasses of thandaai and the gulaal kissed red air… the quintessential elements of Holi have provided a perfect milieu for revelry, drama, romance, revenge and tragedy in Bollywood films.
In fact, the larger than life depiction of Holi on-screen has redefined the festival and its celebration off-screen too, making us celebrate the festival with renewed gusto.
While the festival of colour is once again upon us, we list down a bunch of celebs who have defined Holi as the coolest party ever for us.
If it was not for the legendary Mr. Bachchan, our lives would have been devoid of some of the most peppy Holi numbers, which add life to all our Holi bashes. Not only is the must-have Holi anthem ‘Rang Barse’ from the sensational film Silsila sung by Amitabh Bachchan, but the idea for the song was also given to Yash Chopra by him. In fact, ‘Rang Barse’ and another popular Holi number ‘Hori Khele Raghuveera’ from Baghban were the legacy of his father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and were brought to life on-screen by Amitabh Bachchan. Both the songs are all about celebration of colours with family and friends.
Apart from the popular Holi numbers, Mr. Bachchan also needs to be credited for throwing some of the most lavish Holi bashes at his bungalow 'Pratiksha'. Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan are known as superb hosts and there was a time when everybody looked forward to the Holi party at Bachchan’s residence. Replete with mouthwatering traditional Holi delicacies, exotic drinks laced with bhang, songs, dance… Bachchan’s holi parties are considered to be lot of fun. It’s been a while since the Bachchans have hosted a Holi party, but needless to say, many have taken cue from the megastar of Bollywood and host similar parties at their homes nowadays.
Another interesting thing that needs to be mentioned about the superstar is that with the water shortage that the country is facing, the Bachchans started the trend of playing dry Holi, i.e. Holi without water.
It would not be wrong to mention that the trend of having Holi parties as big as depicted on the screen was kick-started by none other than the showman of the industry, Raj Kapoor. He started the Holi celebration in a big way at RK studios for his industry friends and family. The tradition of dipping in a pool of coloured water was started at Raj Kapoor’s Holi parties. Also, the popular rain dance at Holi bashes today was a tradition at Raj Kapoor’s parties He installed showers in his lawns especially for his Holi parties.
While most have been inspired by the showman and his Holi celebrations, they also need to take cue from him about how he ensured that women at his Holi soirees were treated with dignity and nobody misbehaved with them.
Shah Rukh Khan
One needs to learn from this Baadshah of Bollywood how to celebrate each festival with élan. Shah Rukh Khan, who has done many memorable Holi sequences on-screen in films like Darr, Deewana, Mohabbatein… has never shied away from celebrating the festival of colours, often hosting gala parties at his abode Mannat. Shah Rukh’s Holi parties are all about having a good time with friends and his dear industry folks. While the trademark ‘white’ is the dress code, the colours flowing in the air soon add hue to the atmosphere.
The environment-conscious Shah Rukh too, like the Bachchans, advocates dry Holi parties now. Though it has been a while since SRK has hosted any parties at his house, we hope that this year Mannat has a colourful and stylish Holi.
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar are among the many Bollywoodians who are geared up every year for the festival of colours. The tradition has apparently been said to have started years ago by Shabana Azmi’s late father Kaifi Azmi. Apart from the atypical Bollywood songs, bhang, and food… 'quirky outfits in white' mark the Akhtars' parties. A complete fanfare with family and friends, their Holi bash is something to look forward to every year.
The Young & The Happening…
While the yesteryear films and stars have set a tone for Holi bashes with evergreen songs like ‘Holi Ke Din’ (Sholay), ‘Ang Se Ang Lagana Sajan’ (Darr), ‘Aaj Na Chodenge Bas Humjoli Khelenge Hum Holi’ (Kati Patang), etc… the young and happening lot of Bollywood stars, just like their films, like to do things a tad differently.
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have set a new contemporary trend for all Holi parties with their modern yet traditional chartbuster ‘Balam Pichkari’ from the film Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. To begin with, the duo has given the traditional ‘white’ a miss and sported more youthful and modern clothing. Ranbir shows us that there is no harm walking into a Holi party wearing a cool checkered shirt and denims. And while there is nothing sexier than a woman soaked in a white saree smeared with colour, Bollywood fashionista Deepika shows us that shorts and a button down shirts can look equally hot at a Holi bash. Needless to say, many young girls took cue from her and went off to colour the town red in their shorts last year.
Even Sonam Kapoor in Raanjhanaa and Alia Bhatt in 2 States redefined Holi party outfits by adding a dash of colour to their outfits. Sonam in a vibrant yellow dress added to the Holi mood during the sequence in the ‘Tum Tak’ song, whereas Alia’s electric coloured bottoms set the mood right for the festival of colours in ‘Offo’.
Well, whether it’s the traditional white or the shorts, the classic ‘Rang Barse’ or ‘Balam Pichkari’, on-screen or off-screen, the fact is that without Bollywood, our Holi parties wouldn’t be as colorful as they are… Here’s to Bollywood and here’s to adding some more colour to our lives.
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