EXCLUSIVE: Diwali 2017: Shantanu Maheshwari, Kanchi Singh, Rohan Mehra, and other TV Celebs talk about Diwali

Television actors share an insight about this festive season.
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It's the most auspicious time of the year, It's Diwali. Everybody is wearing smiles and lighting everything around them and spreading joy and feeding sweets to one another. Well, while everybody has their Diwali plans on point, we thought of giving you a sneak peek into what these Television celebrities feel and do on this auspicious day of Diwali. We got in touch with some of the very popular TV celebrities like Shantanu Maheshwari, Kanchi Singh, Keith Sequeira, Rohan Mehra, Munmun Dutta, and Anuj Sachdeva.

We asked them a number of questions related to this festive season and this is what they have to say, let us begin with the Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 winner, Shantanu Maheshwari 

Shantanu Maheshwari

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you?

For me, the festival signifies the victory of light over darkness and hope over despair. Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya signifies that if you are an honest and determined person, you can achieve any goal you want to in life! 

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

 This Diwali I will be decorating my home, celebrating the festival with family and close friends visiting relatives homes, and maybe bursting a few crackers too.

3. That one sweet you can’t resist during Diwali? 

My favourite Diwali sweets are Kaju Katli, Dal Badami Ka Halwa and Besan Ki Chakki.

4. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

The one thing I really love about Diwali is that it is absolute family time and a time of togetherness.  Families, friends, reunions, lots of happiness and of course the yummy food and sweets, all put together is what sums up this lovely festival, and I love it! 

 Rohan Mehra

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you?

Diwali is all about spending time with family, I have always been away from home. I was in boarding school & later moved to Mumbai for my acting career. I've never missed a Diwali away from home. That's the time when we all get together at one place... feast on delicacies, take a small vacation, exchange gifts only to return back to the daily routine fresh & happy. That's Diwali for me at my home in Amritsar. 

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

In my hometown, Amritsar, surrounded by my closed ones. We have a lavish meal where all the relatives & family friends are invited. We decorate the entire house with Diyas, put on new clothes & I make sure I take personalized presents for each one from Mumbai for them. This is my favourite time of the year. 

3. What do you think of Supreme Court’s decision imposing a ban on firecrackers in Delhi? 

I don't really burst firecrackers. Also, my family doesn't believe in bursting crackers. We live in a beautiful, less-polluted town & we like to keep it that way. Many are against the ban & they sure have their reasons but personally, I see it in the good light. Why wait for a ban, we all know what bursting crackers does to our kids, senior citizens, animals & our environment. This is the least we could do! There are million other ways to celebrate a festival.

4. That one sweet you can’t resist during Diwali? 

I have a sweet tooth & I will be unfair to just name one. The sweet shops in Amritsar have a variety to offer & all are mouthwatering. But my favourite one is the Kheer my mother prepares. 

5. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

Like I mentioned, I have always stayed away from home. This is my time with my family... my parents, sisters, nieces & nephews... all around... The pampering, the gifts, the food, Diwali is a beautiful festival. 

Kanchi Singh               

                          

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you?

Diwali signifies Light, joy and happiness for me. This is one festival where everyone comes together, we meet our relatives, friends. everything is bright and shiny around.

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

I celebrate Diwali with lighting lots of diyas making rangoli, then there's a family get together. I don't burst crackers at all.

3. What do you think of Supreme Court’s decision imposing a ban on firecrackers in Delhi? 

Its a good decision after whatever happened in Delhi last year. We all should celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. I am happy with the Supreme court's decision

4. That one sweet you can’t resist during Diwali? 

I can eat a whole box of Malai Barfi 

5. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

One thing I love about this festival is that I like lights everywhere, dressing up and meeting all my family members, chilling with them and eating some delicious food.

 Keith Sequeira 

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you? 

 For me, Diwali is always like the great festival of joy and happiness. You will see people around you happy.

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

I am not much of a firecrackers person because of pollution. I celebrate eco-friendly Diwali but lighting candles.diya, going to friends places to have food, sweets and chilling out that's all. 

3. What do you think of Supreme Court’s decision imposing a ban on firecrackers in Delhi? 

I think its a wonderful decision. There are several angles to it. there are a lot of exploited labour involved into it, there are harmful chemicals which are used in crackers which is harmful to everybody so I feel the ban on firecrackers is a good decision.

4. That one sweet you can’t resist during Diwali? 

I love Kaju katli

5. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

The lights of course and the mood generally because everyone is fully dressed in traditional attire in a happy and festive mood

Munmun Dutta

 

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you? 

As a Bengali, we have Kali pujo night prior to Diwali and just like Durga Puja, we celebrate it with full gusto. Or rather I celebrated it like that as a child and till the time I stayed with my parents. And on Diwali day, we would light up diyas and candles all over our house.  There's something so beautiful and pious about the whole thing. 

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

Out here in Bombay, I do decorate my little home with various lights and light it up for a couple of hours as I don't believe in wasting too much electricity. 

3. What do you think of Supreme Court’s decision imposing a ban on firecrackers in Delhi? 

 I heartily welcome Supreme Court's decision to ban firecrackers. It's high time that we think about our environment, how badly are we damaging it for few days of fun. People should not make it a religious issue, rather look at the bigger picture. First, we pollute our environment to the core and then pour our so-called concerns with a hashtag trend on social media like #DelhiChokes. I hope it's banned all over the country. I don't like to shoot for such things in my show as well, but it's not my call. 

4. That one sweet you can’t resist during Diwali? 

Bengali sweets are the best and I love to gorge on our beautiful Bengali sweets and delicacies during this time. 

5. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

Since the past couple of years, I travel abroad during the Diwali holidays. I was in Scotland last year and I was thankful for the fresh air in the Scottish Highlands than inhaling polluted air here. I plan to do the same this year too. Let's see if I get few extra days off from work.

 

 Anuj Sachdeva

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you? 

 It is one of my favourite festivals because of the grandeur and brightness associated with it. I love the fact that the streets are lit, there is so much positivity and vibrant all around. People are happy, dressed well and for once you don’t feel guilty about eating all the food that’s made.

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

 I like to celebrate it with my friends and family. Every year at my house in Delhi there is a ritual of reading a path which I do. However this year because of Work I am not going home. But I will make sure to celebrate my Diwali at my home here with my friends by throwing a party and then on the day of Diwali by doing a Lakshmi puja.

3. What do you think of Supreme Court’s decision imposing a ban on firecrackers in Delhi? 

I think it’s an exceptional rule passed by the SC. I have never been in favour of crackers because they pollute our environment. Also, they really disturb animals. I love animals and I hate to see them suffer during Diwali because of the cracker noise. 

4. That one sweet you can’t resist during Diwali? 

Gulab jamun, besan laddoo, basically all sweets.

5. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

That it brings people together and spreads so much happiness all around.

 Mishal Raheja

1. What is the significance of Diwali for you? 

The significance of Diwali is actually to keep up with the culture and tradition as it's the festival of lights. Its absolutely beautiful when the whole city is lit up with colorful lightning. And looking to all these lights around everywhere is just beautiful. Also making people happy and seeing people in a festive mood around you is the biggest significance for me. 

2. How do you like to celebrate the festival of lights? 

We follow very old tradition by playing cards during Diwali. I like to play cards with my friends and family. 

3. What do you think of Supreme Court’s decision imposing a ban on firecrackers in Delhi? 

 

It's a good decision because I feel it will cut the pollution down which is a great thing for our environment. I am happy with the Supreme court's decision. 

 

4. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

I love all kind of sweets.

5. What is that one thing you like about the festival?

I love the fact that everyone around you is in a festive mood, I feel all the auspicious festivals which are celebrated in India are the sign of joy and happiness and an opportunity to spread joy and happiness. So this is how I look at Diwali.

 

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