Holi in Bollywood: Jaane Kahan Gaye Wo Din

From ‘Rang Barse’ to ‘Holi ke din dil mil jaate hain’- Bollywood and Holi have remained inseparable from time immemorial. Not just on-screen, but off-screen as well, we have been easily able to associate the frothy tinsel town with this colourful festival. But not anymore!

Legendary Amitabh Bachchan, who has immortalized quite a few Holi songs on the 80 mm screen, used to throw bashful parties at his bungalow inviting a large gathering of many of his B-town friends & colleagues. In fact, the 2004 Holi bash thrown by Big B splashed into headlines since it was a happy patch-up occasion for Shahrukh Khan and politician Amar Singh (SRK and Mr. Singh had been nursing some bitterness). But alas, it was also the last Holi party that Mr. Bachchan threw. Subsequently, his ailing mother Teji Bachchan passed away and a dejected Big B stopped celebrating the festival. Bollywood’s Holi party was dealt another blow with Subhash Ghai putting a stop to his riotous merrymaking at his Madh Island bungalow a few years back.

And now, the once-jubilant and wet Holi seems to have gone dry with the current breed of actors not showing the same degree of enthusiasm. We uncover some of the reasons:

Work culture: Busy Bollywood doesn’t have time to spare a day for the traditional festival. Shabana Azmi voices her disappointment citing that her shoots (for a Vishal Bharadwaj film in Rajkot) will deprive her of this year’s ‘Holi hungama’ at her parents’ place. Farhan Akhtar, known for his passion for Holi, too, will give it a miss this time since he will be busy with Rakeysh Mehra’s new film based on Milkha Singh. From SRK to Aamir to Salman, all will be running a hectic schedule. Who has got the time for Holi?

Colour issues: Actresses who love to feature in a glamorous Holi song for a big-budget film stay wary of Holi colours fearing skin disease. What an irony!

Fading interest: As Tusshar Kapoor rightly points out, people these days are losing interest in playing with water & colours. Sigh!

Some ageing people still recall fondly the festive parties hosted by Raj Kapoor decades back. Those were the times, the good old days! Jaane Kahan Gaye Wo Din