It’s time to welcome Bappa in our hearts and homes. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival began on 22 August and will continue till 1 September. However, this year’s celebrations are marred by rising cases of coronavirus in the country. Though it will be a low-key ceremony, celebs are not going to miss out on welcoming Ganpati. Here’s how they plan to celebrate the grand festival in Covid-19 times.
Bringing Ganpati home is a tradition and I was sure that Covid-19 or no Covid-19, I won’t be missing out this year too. This is my 10th year of bringing Bappa home and I wanted it to be special and grand. But due to Covid-19, we couldn’t do much. Ripci and I are doing everything ourselves and will have friends over for puja and arti. I just pray to Bappa that we get rid of Coronavirus and all the negativity soon and our lives can go back to normal. —Sharad Malhotra
We don’t get Bappa home. So I will be visiting my aunt and a couple of close friends who are taking care of all the safety norms and keeping social-distancing in mind. Many of them are calling only two guests at a time on a set time unlike calling everyone at once like every year. —Rishina Kandhari
I made my own Ganpati this year. I got some organic clay and worked on my idol for three to four days. My fondest memories of Ganesh Chaturthi is all the pujas and pandals we used to visit as kids and dancing in the visarjan. I will surely ask Bappa to take away vighna and bless all of us with health and prosperity. —Meera Deosthale
This year the festivities won’t be that grand. And though I don’t bring Bappa home, I visit friends and seek blessings from their Bappa. This year I will miss visiting pandals too. Looking at the number of Coronavirus cases I will try not to visit my friends too as I don’t want to put others at risk. Pandal hopping during my first year in Mumbai was memorable. I was tired by the end of the day but it gave me such happiness and peace. —Shashank Vyas
This time the festival will be celebrated differently but I am sure Ganpati Bappa will take away our sorrows and all the negativity and bless us with joy. Like every year we will do puja and arti at home but won’t be visiting friends and other pandals. We brought Bappa home for three consecutive years and the arti, bhog and the visarjan were memorable. —Vijayendra Kumeria
My fondest memory is Ganpati visarjan and I visit Marine Drive every year to witness this miracle. It’s a beautiful sight. I am looking forward to Ganpati season irrespective of Covid-19 but with precautions and required pre-requisites. Stay safe and enjoy the Ganpati season! —Vikas Sethi
We bring Ganpati home every year with a grand celebration. Two years ago at visarjan, we were all happy and dancing away all night. It’s my favourite recollection of Ganpati festival. This year is different, let’s stay safe and indoors. May Bappa bless all of us abundantly. Enjoy the Ganpati energy! —Jhanvi Sethi
Yes, it will be a low key ceremony this year. We brought Bappa home like every year and though the celebration won’t be the same, we intend to continue with the ritual. This time also it will be an eco-friendly Ganpati. We will have friends and family over with all the safety and precautions. My fondest memory is reuniting with closed ones and gorging on sweets. Chocolate modaks are my favourite. —Mohit Malhotra
This year, only my family will be there at the Ganpati festival and no friends and relatives. It’s special as we have a new addition to our family, we made sweets at home and kept the decor basic. With a newborn at home, we can’t take any risk. After marriage, the first Ganpati was special. Being with Bappa all the time is my fondest memory as we don’t leave him alone. During night time I used to sleep next to him which was felt comfortable and different from our daily life. —Pranitaa Pandit
Every year I bring home Ganpati but this year I am not doing so due to the pandemic. I am going to miss Bappa at my house but will keep fasting and visit the temple. This year I will ask Bappa to end the pandemic and whatever lesson we have learnt during this time, I am going to keep that in my mind and will apply it in future. —Khusbhoo Kamal
I always keep a Ganpati at my place. When I first came to Mumbai, I prayed to bring Ganpati at my place when I will become famous and get good work. That happened and I have been bringing Bappa home for seven years now but this year it won’t be possible as I am not in Mumbai. —Angad Hasija
We started bringing Bappa home since last year. Because of the pandemic, we are in Delhi but brought Ganpati here. We will invite friends in slots and maintain proper social distancing. This time we will do artificial visarjan and once melted will put it in Tulsi plant. —Rohit Chaudhary
Ganpati festival is important for me. I brought my first Ganpati home three years ago. At that time I did not have any work and thought that it will bring happiness and his blessings are so magical that in the first year itself I gotYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. I couldn’t bring Ganpati home for the past two years and this year too due to Covid-19. —Shilpa Raizada
Every year Bappa›s homecoming brings happiness in my family. We celebrate it with great enthusiasm and goodwill. I am a Maharashtrian and witness the grand celebration every year. This year there won›t be any dhol or nagada but I will pray with utmost devotion for the betterment of the world, humanity and the well-being of my most dear ones. —Dhruvee Haldankar
This year Ganpati will be celebrated low key due to this pandemic and taking care of our health is necessary. Ganpati Bappa is Vighnaharata and we bring him home so that he can take away all our problems. Even Bappa doesn›t want us to crowd a place and understands the situation. Gujaratis make ladoo and put a coin in one of them, it is believed that whoever gets it has Bappa›s blessings which I cherish. —Urvashi Upadhyay Sharle
Ganpati festival is celebrated with a different level of energy in Mumbai. So every year I visit Siddhivinayak, Lalbaug and other pandals. We have been bringing Ganpati at our place for 11 days, do bhajan and arti. This year due guests won’t be there. I have made a Ganpati so it will be eco-friendly and we won›t have to go anywhere for visarjan. The best part of the festival is the moment Bappa steps into our home the whole vibe changes and there is something magical about it. —Aarvika Gupta
I love this festival. My love for dancing started during Ganpati events near my house in Cholegaon Thakurli (Gaondevi mandir). I’ve grown up dancing in that mandap and used to get money as appreciation from people. I miss those days. I always wanted to keep Ganpati at my house and have brought him home for seven years. Since the last two years as I have been living alone in Mumbai and have not been able to bring Bappa home due to work commitments and religious aspects that need to be taken care of. —Rajit Dev
2019 was my first year in Mumbai and I welcomed Bappa at my house. I decorated it and tried my best to follow all the rituals for the sthapana. We enjoyed that one and a half days while Bappa was blessing us. I am at my native place but will try my best to match up the enthusiasm here. This is my 10th year of getting Ganpati home and every year is special. Last year›s Ganpati celebrations was like a big wish getting fulfilled. I pray that Bappa takes away the miseries and depression spread all around due to this pandemic. —Mou Das
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AS ‘TADAP’ TEASER UNVEILED, SUNIEL ROOTS FOR HIS SON AHAN’S DEBUT
MUMBAI: Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan Shetty is all set to make his acting debut opposite Tara Sutaria in the film ‘Tadap’.
On Tuesday, the makers unveiled the teaser of the film. The teaser gives us a sneak peek into the world of Ishana and Ramisa, portrayed by Ahan and Tara respectively and establishes their characters well. While Ramisa is seen at the picturesque location of snow-clad mountains, Ishana, on the contrary, is spotted in a rugged macho avatar with his bike.
Sharing the teaser of his son, Suniel took to Instagram and wrote, “A glimpse of my heart for the world. A teaser of what I’ve loved. A humble tease of what is to come #Tadap – a little at a time. So excited for my son @ahan.shetty & his teaser of #Tadap. Give him as much love as you gave me.”
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Milan Luthria, ‘Tadap’ will be out in cinemas on 3 December.
EMRAAN OPENS UP ABOUT PARALLEL LOVE STORY WITH HORROR GENRE
MUMBAI: Ahead of the release of his horror film ‘Dybbuk’, Emraan Hashmi opened up about his connection with the particular genre. “I feel I have a parallel love story with this genre. I personally like horror films and hence starring in ‘Raaz 2’ and ‘Ek thi Dayaan’ was like a dream come true for me. A wave of horror films will always be there in the industry and Horror should be consumed like this (‘Dybbuk’),” he said. Emraan also urged filmmakers and actors to come forward to create more horror films in the industry.
“I feel yet in our country and industry, this genre hasn’t been completely explored yet. Not many films are made. I really wish more and more stars come forward to do horror films. Also because I know the success ratio of this genre is a lot more,” he added.
Talking about ‘Dybbuk’, the film also stars Nikita Dutta and Manav Kaul in prominent roles and is all set to release on 29 October on Amazon Prime Video.
‘JONAS BROTHERS FAMILY ROAST’ TO STREAM ON NETFLIX
WASHINGTON: Streaming giant Netflix is all set to come up with a comedy special ‘Jonas Brothers Family Roast’, which features none other than musicians brothers Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, and Joe Jonas.
Touted as a celebration of “the universal truth that no one can get under your skin quite like your own family”, ‘Jonas Brothers Family Roast’ will include sketches, songs, games and special guests all meant to tease the brothers about their lives and careers, reported Variety. Pete Davidson, Niall Horan, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, John Legend, Lilly Singh, and Jack Whitehall will make special appearances in the special. Also, Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson will host the show.
On Tuesday, Nick took to Instagram and shared a teaser video to announce the launch of the show. “Someone teach @joejonas how this works… The Jonas Brothers Family Roast will be available on @netflix,” he captioned the clip.
‘Jonas Brothers Family Roast’ is scheduled to release on 23 November 23.
WITNESS COP SALMAN AGAINST GANGSTER AAYUSH IN ‘ANTIM’ TRAILER
MUMBAI : The makers of the Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma-starrer film ‘Antim: The Final Truth’ unveiled the action-packed trailer of the film on Monday.
The film also marks the debut of Mahima Makwana. The trailer comes loaded with pumping action, highoctane background music, and much more. The nearly three-minute-long trailer opens with Salman Khan, who plays the role of a cop, in his first-ever Sardar persona.
The trailer also gives the audience a good peek into the transformation of Aayush’s character, the nemesis of Salman in the movie. Aayush plays the role of an aggressive, dreaded and territorial gangster. Both Salman and Aayush had to undergo significant physical transformation to play their characters in the film, and the trailer shows precisely that. Laden with thrilling action, in the trailer, Salman Khan comes out as a ruthless, no-bars-held cop who will stop at nothing to rout out crime.
‘Antim: The Final Truth’ is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, produced by Salma Khan and is presented by Salman Khan Films. The film will be globally released in theatres by Zee Studios on 26 November.
SHARVARI’S PRIYANKA CHOPRA MOMENT
Gorgeous debutant Sharvari, who will be seen in the family entertainer ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ playing the role of the new Babli, is over the moon about her Priyanka Chopra moment on the sets of the film. When Sharvari donned a metallic gold bikini and dazzled the crew with her sass and curves on the Abu Dhabi beach, she reminded us of Priyanka’s stunning onepiece bikini sequence in ‘Dostana’ that had stopped the heartbeat of the audience. Sharvari says, “I was the happiest person on set the day I shot this scene. Growing up, the image of Priyanka Chopra walking out of the sea in her golden bikini in ‘Dostana’ was etched in my mind. She is the queen of sass and cool, she looked drop-dead gorgeous.”
She adds, “Ever since I decided to become an actor, I have secretly wished for a sequence like that to be in. And it’s a really sweet coincidence that ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ script had a sequence of me coming out of the sea in a stunning bikini. I just couldn’t believe it!”
Sharvari exclaims, “So, on the day of the shoot, I was thrilled and confident to pull this off. I was in good shape and had the best crew to shoot this. I was seeing my wish come true. I hope I have pulled off the scene well because someone like Priyanka Chopra had absolutely nailed it and set benchmarks of how to do a great bikini sequence with so much oomph.”
ARSHAD TO BE SEEN IN TURBANED LOOK IN NEW FILM ‘BANDA SINGH’
MUMBAI: Arshad Warsi will be seen donning a turban in his new film ‘Banda Singh’.
On Monday, Arshad took to Twitter and shared the first official poster of the movie. In the image, he can be seen sporting a turbaned look as he poses with actor Meher Vij. “Really excited to become #BandaSingh for you all. All we need is your blessings,” Arshad captioned the poster.
As per a statement, ‘Banda Singh’ is a survival story of a man and his family, set in North India and based on true events. It is helmed by Abhishek Saxena.
Abhishek said, “I have been looking for a script like this to direct since a long time as my earlier two films Phullu and Saroj Ka Rishta were on social issues but Banda Singh is about survival. I am quite thrilled to go on floors and roll the film with Arshad, Meher and rest of the cast.” ‘Banda Singh’ will go on floors in mid-November.
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