Friends, family bring cheer for Bollywood actors this Diwali

October 26th, 2008 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) With Diwali round the corner, most Bollywood celebrities are looking forward to taking a break from their hectic work schedules and erratic work timings and spending the festival with their families - a joy they often miss out on.”Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” star Chitrangada Singh, who has been busy travelling around to promote her forthcoming movie “Sorry Bhai”, says she wants to be at home during the festival of lights.

“I have been on the move for quite some time now and Diwali is the time when I want to be with all my family members. It will be a quiet Diwali with family and friends and I will be sending out gifts to my close family members,” Chitrangada told IANS.

Actor-turned-director Jugal Hansraj has similar plans.

“I have nothing special on the agenda. I will be with my family and we will celebrate Diwali together. We will offer the evening prayers and after that I will meet my friends,” said Jugal, whose directorial debut animation movie “Roadside Romeo” released Friday.

After days of promoting his film, he has planned to spend “quality” time with his family and friends. “I am not into playing cards or burning firecrackers but I will gorge on all the festival delicacies, as I am a big time foodie,” he added.

Actor Sharman Joshi, who has two crucial films on the anvil - “Golmaal Returns” and “Sorry Bhai” - is also looking forward to the festival.

“I will be celebrating the festival with my three-year-old daughter. It will be more like introducing the festival to her so I am like really excited about it,” he said.

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi hopes to have a blast on the festival by gorging on sweets and playing cards.

“I belong to a family of composite cultures and we celebrate Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas and all festivals with equal zest and fervour,” she explained.

“I am really looking forward to Diwali - the crackers, the cards parties, meeting friends and sweets. Actually, every year, a bunch of my nephews come over and we all play cards. It’s great fun. I also give out gifts to my friends and make it a point to handpick each one of them,” she said.

Item girl and actress Payal Rohatgi is excited about the festival, especially after returning from her two-month stay on reality TV show “Bigg Boss” house. The actress is set to host a grand Diwali bash at her residence.

“This is going to be one big get- together with my near and dear ones and this time I am going to excuse myself from my diet regime and indulge in all the sinful sweets,” said Payal.

“My parents are going to be with me and nothing makes me happier than this and I am looking forward to have a blast,” she added.

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