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Holi Mubarak!

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Holi is definitely one of the happiest festivals celebrated by Desi’s all over the world. Not only do we celebrate the arrival of spring, but good over evil. In this day and age where war and more recently, Mother Nature, have both been unkind to the world. And thus, the festival of Holi gives the world hope and reason to be happy and well, colorful. But no one knows Holi like Bollywood.

Over the years, Holi and its significance in Hindi cinema, on and off screen, has changed immensely. But what remains to be the same, is the pomp and glory with which Holi is observed.
When we talk Holi, almost immediately you think, water, colors, bhang and well, Bollywood Holi tracks. The oldest Holi songs date as far as 1970 with the popular Holi Aaye Re! However, over time the projection of Holi and its depiction has changed. Rajesh Khanna crooned to Aaj Na Chodenge Bus Humjoli in Kati Patang and from then, the life of a widow too became colorful. In Aap Ki Kasam, lover boy Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz immortalized the drinking of bhang with Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. Sholay’s Holi Ke Din which saw real life lovers Dharmendra and Hema Malini bust a move, gave viewers a more rustic look to the celebration of colors. However, if anyone changed the face of Holi, it was Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in Silsila. With Rang Barse, Holi all of a sudden, was sexy! In the new millennium, the YashRaj camp went on to give Holi a makeover. Mohabbatein as the youngsters danced to Soni Soni Akhiyowali. All of a sudden, the youth stood up to take a look at how Holi was depicted: young and youthful. Baghban put Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini back in the movies and Holi was now ageless. And if you’re looking for a sizzling Holi number, then look no further than Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra’s Do Me A Favor, Let’s Play Holi from Waqt. Need we say more?
Skeptics do claim however, that recently, Holi tracks have literally disappeared from Hindi movies. In fact, the idea of celebrating festivals is slowly disappearing rapidly and with it Holi too. Filmmakers claim that with the abundant amount of television soaps literally overdoing the celebration of Holi, they do not feel the need to include Holi anymore in films. Thus, this totally eliminates Holi tracks from films.
In recent times, we hear more about Bollywood stars celebrating Holi with much shosha. Celebs gather to throw color, drink, eat and be merry. However, more and more, celebs seem to be becoming more environmentally conscious and thus, instead of wasting gallons of water, they are encouraging citizens to conserve water and celebrate Holi keeping the environment in mind. The latest trend to be making its rounds with most Bollywood celebs is the idea of an “Organic Holi.” Using organic colors claim some environmentalists within the fraternity, will not only save the environment but is safer for hair and skin.
Holi is being celebrated in fabulously new ways keeping Social Media and the environment in mind. Here are some ideas:
1) Using Social Media sites, apps – one in particular called Khelo Holi, is catered to celebrate Holi with everyone on your Twitter and Facebook. It’s a more modern way to throw color!
2) Play Holi online this year! Instead of getting out and dealing with the harsh chemicals of Holi colors, log onto popular Holi playing sites where you can do just the same minus the severe effects.
3) Simply enjoy Holi music and films. Nothing like a good Hindi film to really put you in the festive mood.
4) Get a Holi tattoo! Yes, this is the one time of the year that getting a colorful tattoo is justified. Permanent ones may not be such a great idea but temporary ones will give you that colorful edge to keep you in a celebratory mood.
On that note, here’s wishing you and yours, a Happy Holi! Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness! 
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