Bollywood is no exception when it comes to celebrating Christmas with pomp. Here’s a glimpse at what the stars’ day looks like.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali:
As you can see in my films, I am extremely close to the church. Whenever I am not shooting I make it a point to light candles every Wednesday in my favourite church in Mumbai. Christmas is a time of tremendous excitement for me. I love giving and receiving gifts. Last year during Christmas Bajirao Mastani released, so I was unable to celebrate. This year I’ve a break from shooting, so I look forward to a pleasurable Christmas with lots of cakes and puddings.The daal-chawal routine forgotten for the day.”
“My Christmas plans…. midnight church, my parents have arrived, so the regular Christmas lunch, some mulled wine, friends pour in, and it just becomes a full house. We have sweet kids who go house-to-house carol-singing, our street is lit up the best in the whole of Mumbai, so all around Christmas cheer in the air. It’s the most beautiful time of the year and the one time when I am looking at stockings with holy thoughts.”
I’ll attend midnight mass with my family on the 25th. There is also the traditional Christmas lunch with the entire family.
For our family the Christmas rituals remain unchanged.This Christmas we’ll be doing the same things we do every year. Midnight mass and on the 25th, a huge family lunch at my mom’s place that goes on till dinner.
My best friend Salman Khan’s birthday falls two days after Christmas. So celebrations start for me from Christmas and go on till New Years.
For me Christmas is about family and friends. I’m so tired of travelling and living out of my suitcase this year, that I’ve just decided to stay at home! However I do wish to go to snow-capped mountains in India in the Christmas week! The thing is I hate planning and love being spontaneous so just like last year I will find a spiritual abode where I can spend the last few days of the year, slowing down, reflecting and having a philosophical time with myself. I like the idea of just picking a place, booking it online and then just staying open to any eventuality. The need to deconstruct and be detached emotionally with whatever things that I have given too much space for is going to be the agenda of my three day retreat tucked away in the hills!”
There will be lots of Christmas carols, vintage songs by Jim Reeves, and lots of yummy sorpotel; presents will be unwrapped with breathless excitement, lunch and dinner plans will be made with family who will descend into Mumbai from all parts of the world.
As usual I’ll be home with the family.That’s the way I like it during Christmas.