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Holi Bollywood! Have Bollywood Holi parties gone from sizzle to fizzle over the years?

Here's a look at all the olden-golden Holi parties that were once the 'soul' of Bollywood

Holi Bollywood! Have Bollywood Holi parties gone from sizzle to fizzle over the years?
Pic Courtesy: Screenshot of video from WildFilmsIndia's Youtube channel

Last Updated: 05.24 PM, Mar 07, 2023


If Bollywood parties have always been the talk of the town ever since its ‘inception’, ‘Bollywood Holi Parties’, have always been on top of practically every celebrity’s ‘to-do’ list. There was a time when Holi parties in Bollywood was a must-attend event in everyone who is anyone in the tinsel town. But, what one has seen is that, the craze for the Bollywood Holi parties seems to have fizzled out over the years. Let’s look at the olden golden parties which will always be etched in gold forever in our memories:

The late Raj Kapoor’s Holi bash
It’s a no brainer to call this party as the ‘Baap’ and ‘Maa’ of all the Holi parties in Bollywood. Hosted by the inimitable and original showman of Bollywood (late) Raj Kapoor at the iconic RK Studios, this Holi party was ‘THE’ party of everyone. The craze for the party was so much that, people used to climb up on barricades and building terraces just to get a glimpse of the party. The late Raj Kapoor used to host this party annually. And the who’s who of Bollywood made it a point to ‘be there, do that’. Stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Prem Nath, Nirupa Roy, Rajendra Kumar, Nargis, Shakti Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor used to be a regularly regular there. Besides dancing to Bollywood songs, there used to be the traditional ‘gulal’ and ‘bhaang’ which used to fill the atmosphere.

Video Courtesy: WildFilmsIndia's Youtube channel


Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s Holi celebration
There was a time when Bollywood’s ‘King Khan’ Shah Rukh Khan used to throw Holi party for his B-town friends. The adjoining video is testimony to the fun and frolic that the entire gang used to have during the Holi party. While on the video, one should not miss (for anything in the world) the eternally young Shah Rukh Khan trying to convince his dearest wife Gauri Khan to get drenched (read ‘dunk’) herself in the pool of the coloured ‘Holi’ water. There is one more ‘scene’ in the video which has Shah Rukh Khan throwing coloured water on Karan Johar and Subhash Ghai! This is followed by Chunkey Pandey throwing water on others after being dunked into the Holi pool. The highlight of the day was the non-stop dance of Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan, who matched every single step and danced to every beat! Besides the duo, the other highlight was the ‘young-at-heart’ filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who gave a marathon run to everyone present with his unmatched energy and zeal!

Video Courtesy: Lehren Retro's Youtube channnel

Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Jalsa’ party
When Bollywood’s ‘Shahenshah’ Amitabh Bachchan decides to host a Holi bash; there must hardly be anyone who will say no to it. Living upto his nickname of ‘Shahensah’, his parties was as magnificent as that! Attended by the who’s who of Bollywood as well as business arena, these parties were an eclectic mix of Bollywood, politics, business and even sports sometimes. These parties used to be organized at ‘Jalsa’ (majorly here), followed by ‘Pratiksha’. as time passed by, this party started waning out. However, Amitabh Bachchan, who is extremely active on social media platforms, had earlier shared a throwback picture of the Holi party which was held in the year 2015. Going by the looks of it, the party was seemingly attended by the Bachchan family members only, a practice which is prevalent even today, if the reports are to be believed.

Pic Courtesy: Offiial Instagram Account of Amitabh Bachchan
Pic Courtesy: Offiial Instagram Account of Amitabh Bachchan

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi's Holi party
Even though Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi's Holi party never became at par with that of the late Raj Kapoor’s Holi bash or Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Jalsa’ party, still, this Holi party was also termed as one of the top 5 Holi parties in Bollywood. With fun and masti being the key elements, this Holi party was all about ‘engagement’. In simple words, the atmosphere in the party was always such that no one could ever be seen sitting idle in the party. This Holi party was reportedly started by Shabana Azmi's (late) father Kaifi Azmi and ever since then; Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi have been following this custom. Like all other olden golden Holi party, this one too, now remains only in people’s memories.

Video Courtesy: CINE BLITZ's Youtube channel

Showman Subhash Ghai’s Holi party
Just like the original showman (late) Raj Kapoor, this ‘Showman’ Subhash Ghai too was hosting Holi parties for his Bollywood folks. Mostly, the venue used to be Madh Island. Needless to say that, this party too was attended by the who’s who of the tinsel town. Colours, ‘bhaang’ and dancing used to be the quintessential key features of this party, where it was reportedly customary for everyone to ‘take a dip’ in the ‘Holi waterpool’!

Pic Courtesy: Official Instagram Account of Subhash Ghai
Pic Courtesy: Official Instagram Account of Subhash Ghai
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