Diwali this year would not only lowkey in the film industry , but almost non-existent. Those film families known to have all-night Diwali parties in the film industry are Aamir Khan, the Bachchans,Sajid Nadiadwala and Ekta Kapoor.
Except Ektka they have all decided to forego Diwali festivities this year.
Says Shatrughan Sinha, “Diwali this year should be about prayers and gratitude. Gratitude that everyone from the family is healthy and prayers for those who have lost dear ones. I don’t think there are any Diwali parties this year in our film industry. Not even the famous Bachchan Diwali bash this year.”
Says a member of the Bachchan family, “We’ve all recovered from Corona and there was never a question of a normal Diwali this year.”
Lata Mangeshkar has a heartwarming Diwali message for all Indians. “Light a diya or a candle in remembrance of those times when we took normal things for granted. And let’s all pray that Diwali next year would be normal again.”
Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali spirit seems unaffected by the Corona crisis.Just two days after veteran actor Jeetendra declared that he won’t be hosting a Diwali party this year in deference to his deceased best friend Rishi Kapoor’s memory, Jeetendra’s darling daughter Ekta Kapoor thumbed her nose at every shred of decency and hosted a Diwali party at her residence where the entire elite of the television industry showed up….
Mask-less!! A symbolic gesture perhaps to show the world and its favourite chartered accountant that the privileged uppercrust of Mumbai’s entertainment industry doesn’t give a flying buck for Coronova , joblessness and insolvency. Just outside Ms Kapoor’s palatial bungalow there are ground-level workers from the television industry where she makes her millions of bucks –the technicians,the assistants, the kitchen workers– wondering where their next meal will come from.
An actor who has worked with Ms Kapoor in the past says he hasn’t stopped feeling nauseous ever since the invitation came from Ms Kapoor and her thriving Balajee fraternity. “A Diwali part at a time of this pandemic?! And that too when hundreds of wage earners are not being paid. What was she thinking? Far from attending the party, I kept hoping better sense would prevail and she would cancel the vulgar idea. But these people live on a different planet.”