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Bollywood opts for low-key Holi celebrations

By HT

New Delhi, March 24 -- Once an integral part of Bollywood, both on and off the screen, Holi celebrations are fast becoming a thing of the past.

While back in the day, lavish parties used to bring the entire film industry together for some fun and frivolity, for B-Town stars, work commitments, health issues and growing concern for the environment are now slowly gaining precedence.

This year, sources reveal that actors like Sidharth Malhotra, Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra will be working on Holi, and hence won't be part of any celebrations.

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, too, will give festivities a miss. Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, who are among the few to organise Holi celebrations annually on a large scale, won't be hosting one this year, as they are in the US.

Some other stars are yet to make plans. Salman Khan, for example, is undecided on what he will do on the day. On the other hand, the Bachchans (Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and Aishwarya) are likely to celebrate at home.

But a few will enjoy the festivities. Bhumi Pednekar will celebrate a dry Holi with her family and friends, as she wants to conserve water, while Ayushmann Khurrana has taken off to Khandala for the festival.