Festivity is in the air and with Durga Puja right here, Bengalis can’t wait to go pandal-hopping. Popular TV actors are not far behind when it comes to making the most of this festive period. From getting decked up in their Durga Puja best to planning the menu for those five days — Panchami, Shashthi, Saptami, Ashtami, and Nabami — stars are going all out with creative ideas.
We asked some of the popular names from small screen about their plans for Durga Puja 2017 and the memories attached to it. Read on:
“This is the first time I will not be in Delhi to celebrate Durga Puja and that, too, at my parents’ home. We’ve been having this Puja for the past 12 years and it’s mandatory for all family members to participate in the celebration. But this year, I will be shooting in Mumbai. This is my first Durga Puja after marriage (to swimmer Sandeep Sejwal), so it’s super-special. I’ll cook bhog at home, and for the evening, wear a sari with gold jewellery to go pandal-hopping with my friends. I remember how every year, during Durga Puja, we used to get new clothes and also were allowed to eat our favourite food all five days — no restriction and unlimited fun.”
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“I will have to give up my plans of visiting Kolkata for Durga Puja this year, because I’ll be travelling to various cities for Navratri events. That is actually fun, because I’ll be able to celebrate Durga Puja this year in different cities and with different cultures. My mother, Madhumita Datta, and brother, Debraj Datta, will fly down to Mumbai to spend time with me, so I’m looking forward to that and will take a day or two off. I won’t miss Ashtami anjali. Earlier, during my younger days in Kolkata, I used to enjoy dhunuchi dance, pandal-hopping with friends and savouring junk food. And yeah, I can’t forget how I used to check out boys with my girl friends.”
“I can’t think of missing Ashtami anjali during Durga Puja and this year won’t be any different. But unfortunately, I would be shooting for my web series and a film for most of the [five] days. We usually celebrate the festival at the Durga Puja organised by Neelam Mukherjee (late actor Joy Mukherjee’s wife). My mother (Dolly Bose Roy) is a member of the Durga Puja committee. Two years back, my daughter Kiara was chosen for Kumari Puja and before that Ador (Bose Roy, daughter of brother Ronit Roy) was the one. I want to go to Kolkata to see how the city celebrates the festival but have never been able to. This year, my friend, director Agnidev Chatterjee, has invited me to his house for Durga Puja, which they’ve been doing for the past 27 years. Growing up, my Durga Puja memories are from my Ahmedabad days, a city that has major Bengali settlements, which many don’t know. Wearing new clothes, pandal-hopping and eating mutton chop, fish chop, and bhog are a few things that I miss doing.”
“This year, it would be a most different Durga Puja for me. My parents are not coming to Mumbai and Gurmeet (Choudhary, her husband) is also travelling for his shoots. So, I am planning to spend time with my friends in Mumbai and enjoy authentic Kolkata street food in Juhu. While growing up in Kolkata, I remember how during one of the five Durga Puja days, we would book a car and the whole family would go pandal-hopping at night. That used to be so much fun.”
“I will be in Mumbai, working. But I have taken an off on Ashtami for anjali, and will also go out with friends. This is the third year that I’ve not been able to visit Kolkata for Durga Puja. This year, however, is special because I have just bought a house in Mumbai and it would be fun celebrating my first Durga Puja here. As kids, while in Kolkata, my siblings and I used to look forward to my paternal grandfather’s ice-cream treat after Ashtami anjali. What followed was eating puchkas and chaats to our heart’s content.”
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Maa Durga is here... Let's go pandal-hopping
Last updated on: September 30, 2014 14:43 IST
Durga Puja, the festival that honours goddess Durga and celebrates her victory over the mythological demon named Mahishasura, kickstarts on Tuesday.
Durga is interpreted as an embodiment of feminine power in Indian culture and society.
The festival is celebrated with gusto, especially in West Bengal, during the last six days of the Navratri festival. The unique part about this year's Durga Puja is that the ninth and 10th day -- Maha Navami and Dashami -- fall on the same day.
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Believers erect elaborately decorated and themed pandals with grand clay statues of Durga, which are worshipped with ritual drumming, chants, dances and devotional songs.
Devotees throng to the pandals to offer prayers and get blessings of the deity.
Check out the slideshow below for glimpses of some popular Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata.
Tags: Durga, Maha Navami, Dashami, Mahishasura, West Bengal