Sanjay Gupta & Ekta Kapoor: Holi hai!


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, March 18 -- For those who thought Holi celebrations in tinsel town have been low-key in recent years, there's enough reason to cheer this time round. Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor have joined hands for a gala bash on Sunday at his house in Woodstock, Versova, for Dhuleti, as the festival of colours is also called. Everyone who has worked or is working with Gupta's White Feather Films and Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms and Balaji Motion Pictures, has been invited to the grand Holi party, which starts at 11 am.

This combined celebration also ends reports of a tiff between Gupta and Kapoor post their first collaboration, Shootout At Lokhandwala. Gupta, while dismissing the fallout says, "Our personal equations remained unaffected. Ekta and I have the greatest love and admiration for each other. We're buddies and have been together through it all." He asserted that post Shootout they were in constant touch and attended each other's parties too. In the same vein, Kapoor recalls asking Gupta about his annual Holi bash. "He asked if I'd like to join him and have a party together. And I was like, why not," reveals the television czarina who delivered big screen hits like Love Sex aur Dhokha and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai last year. She further enthuses that her studio had a great association with his company. "We've always admired each other's strengths even when we didn't work together."

The dosts and hosts have arranged for a huge pandal to cover the venue, so that the revellers don't have to bear the harsh sunlight during the day. A DJ will play live music while the celebrities indulge in the celebrations, further whetted by the 18 odd tankers that they have organised for the constant rain at the venue. The catering has been outsourced to Bawa International, which is also taking care of the bar. "Everything from South Indian to Chinese, Mughali, Lebanese and Continental to every conceivable drink one can ask for, will be served at the party," Gupta says.

When asked if one could call his Holi party the biggest in the industry today, the filmmaker denied any such aspirations. "Holi, Diwali and Mata Ki Chowki are the occasions I always celebrate eagerly. And they're best enjoyed in the company of family and friends," concludes Gupta.