Wear shorts (like Genelia D’Souza right) and a vest in a pastel shade that’ll “take colour really well”, recommends Sonika Chauhan, a model. Don’t want to scrub for hours after play? Pick out long trousers. And don’t junk the Holi clothes just yet. “It could look nice, like tie-and-dye, with a surprise result!” Sonika laughs.
Stylist Neha Panda recommends getting creative with a blank tee and painting it with your own slogan or favourite cartoon character or using Holi colours for handprints. A bandana is a must.
Steer clear of make-up, just slap on a healthy dose of sunscreen or good ol’ body oil and get colourful.
Mithai: The traditional Gujia is a pop pick, says Rajesh Gupta of Gupta Brothers. Shaped like a half moon, the Gujia (picture below) is made by preparing an envelope of flour, which is then filled with khoya and dry fruits. Other traditional Holi picks are Malpua and Malai ke Laddoo.
Mishti: Labanga Latika, Kheerer Chop, Pantua or Chitrakut do well. “Basically any rosher mishti (syrupy sweet) is in demand. Among dry sweets, Gurer Sandesh is popular,” says Sandip Sen of Sen Mahasay. For Dhiman Das of K.C. Das, rosogolla is an “all-time favourite” even for Holi.
Confectionery: Strawberry Flan and Chocolate Evasion specially soaked in rum are the Holi picks for Lovey of Kookie Jar.
Kahaani (top) is the new festive film at the plex; Desi Boyz pichkari (above) is the new spray gun on the Holi block
Multiplexes open post-4pm. Paan Singh Tomar is the dark horse of the week, with the biopic of a runner-turned-rebel (Irrfan Khan in a top act) running to packed houses. If big Bolly with a local feel is your choice, queue up for the paid previews of the Sujoy Ghosh-directed made-in-Calcutta Kahaani, starring Vidya Balan and a host of Tolly stars. Basking in the Oscar hangover? Grab a date with The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep) or J Edgar (Leonardo DiCaprio).
COLOUR ON THE COUCH
Holi happiness means being a couch potato? Forget about Team India and cheer for Sri Lanka or Australia in the tri-series decider at Adelaide from 8.50am on STAR Cricket. Catch Ram and Priya’s blossoming romance on Bade Achche Lagte Hain on Sony at 10.30pm or tune into the brand-new crime show Unforgettable on STAR World at 10pm. During the day, catch up on Angelina Jolie as a kickass CIA agent in Salt (Sony PIX at 12.45pm) or opt for Oscar-nominated films Nine (STAR Movies at noon) and Julie & Julia (STAR Movies at 3.50pm).
Retro rules Holi tunes with Amitabh Bachchan’s Rang barse (Silsila) and Holi khele Raghuveera (Baghban). “This time I am going all retro. Among the new tracks, I will play Ooh la la (The Dirty Picture) and Chammak challo (Ra.One),” says DJ Harish, while DJ Girish votes for Subah hone na de (Desi Boyz) and Chikni Chameli (Agneepath) among new tracks. For dance steps, look no further than Bollywood in general and Big B or Govinda in particular.
Happy hues: The Shree Ganesh 3G colour (picture left) is the new kid on the colour block. Though dearer on the pocket, it is kinder on the skin. The colours come mixed in a solution that gives it a smooth, poster paint-like consistency that makes it easy to apply. Take your pick from black, blue, pink, yellow, red, green, orange and purple at Rs 70 for a 55ml vial or pick up a set of eight for Rs 560. Available at the Gariahat crossing in front of Anandamela. Shopkeeper’s advice: Shake well before play.
Cool tool: Make your way for the Desi Boyz, this Holi. Colourful “water fighters” that Akshay Kumar and John Abraham toted in the Desi Boyz title track are the hot pichkari picks, ranging from under Rs 100, for the smaller ones, to Rs 2,500 for the king-sized guns. If one shopkeeper in Burrabazar said he had got them from Delhi, another claimed they were made in China. “Everyone is calling it the Desi Boyz pichkari.”
“Play with herbal and natural colours. If you have skin irritation or open wounds, make sure you cover the area well. Apply a thick coat of coconut oil on your body so that the colour does not settle into your skin. Keep calamine lotion handy to soothe the itch,” says consultant dermatologist Sachin Varma.
Start early before the sun begins to beat hard. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 35 degrees Celsius, a couple of notches above normal. The humidity can touch a high of 91 per cent.
Writers’ Buildings has issued a verbal directive to Lalbazar to ensure the Trinamul government’s first Holi is incident-free. Police pickets will be posted at 550 points across the city and radio flying squads will be on the move. Cops will slam the brakes on bike gangs. All kiosks have been told to accept complaints ranging from spraying colours or hurling balloons from highrises to forcibly smearing colour on someone to harassment of women.
Off-shops to open at 3pm, bars in the evening.
Metro services will start at 2.45pm. The trains will run at the usual 15-minute holiday interval and up to the usual closing time of 9.45pm.