To quote Madhur Bhandarkar: “I miss those huge Bollywood Holi parties.”
There will be no letup in the Holi festivities this year. Mumbai residents, like the rest of India, haven’t been able to throw a big party in recent years due to the pandemic. Large Holi celebrations were held this year in Mumbai. We ran into Madhur Bhandarkar at our party, and he was enjoying the holiday to the fullest.
After three years of pandemic, the festival is being celebrated in a big way, and not just in India but among the global Indian communities, the director of Babli Bouncer said. Ask him what Holi means, and he’ll tell you: “Holi means relatives, friends, people, fraternity, sweets, thandai, and good food.”
The director and producer also recall huge Holi parties thrown by celebrities. Bhandarkar says, “My most memorable filmy Holi parties have been the RK Studio (Chembur) ones where the whole Kapoor clan would come together,” even though only a small number of people have been throwing such events in recent years. I went to that festival for a good two or three years. Bollywood no longer throws Holi parties like those. I do miss it, in fact.