Diwali this year would not only be low key 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 Ekta 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 heart-warming 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 hosted a Diwali party at her residence where the entire elite of the television industry showed up.