Avoid crackers, spread love, cheer on Diwali, say TV stars

New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) Television stars have urged their fans to stay away from crackers this Diwali, keeping in mind rising air pollution and global warming, but added that people should spread festive cheer by getting together with family and friends.

"People in India overdo the burning of crackers; they start before Diwali and continue even afterwards. I suggest it should be done only on Diwali day since it causes too much pollution,” said Barkha Bisht, who plays the lead actress in Sahara One's “Doli Saja Ke”.

Barkha's husband, actor Indraneel Sengupta, recalls having burnt his hand while playing with crackers as a schoolboy an