Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and the team’s self-confessed ‘cheerleader No.1’ Juhi Chawla was back at the Kalighat temple on Tuesday morning, a day before the new-look KKR meets Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium. “It happened quite by chance that I was supposed to come for an event and then once I come to Calcutta, I have this thing that I must always touch base with Ma and get some strength from her. It all just kind of fell into place that it was New Year’s (Poila Baisakh) today. I said, ‘Aare, what a beautiful day to actually go to the temple’. And then I realised that aare, tomorrow the drama begins and it begins with KKR of all things!” the Gulaab Gang star said after touching down in Mumbai late on Tuesday. So, what did she ask Ma Kali for? “Aare wah? Main abhi yeh sab kaise bata doon? Of course, I always go and ask for victory. I just said, ‘Ma jeet honi chahiye. Humko jeet do!’ I hope the season goes well, baba!” she said.
Juhi, who is flying to UAE on April 18, is sure to miss Eden Gardens. “Actually, I am not so familiar with Dubai. I am feeling quite lost going there. Suddenly you are much more familiar with Calcutta. You know where the team stays. You know the stadium. I just feel that I would miss that home ground because somehow the people of that place, being there among them cheering for their own team is something else. You feel stronger when you have the support of the Bengal people. You are there. The passion is there. They are all there rooting for the team,” she signed off. All the best, we say! Picture by Rajib Bose
Shrabanti was pretty in floral at the mahurat of her untitled love story, directed by Nehal, in a studio off Tollygunge. “I prefer wearing a sari on Poila Baisakh even if I am working,” said Shrabanti. Her Poila Baisakh message? “Be happy, stay well and do whatever your heart says!” Picture by B. Halder
Swastika Mukherjee went salt-and-pepper for a sequence on the Maidan of Partha Sen’s Anubrata Bhalo Achho?. “I am working since morning despite a puja at my sister’s boutique, which obviously I missed. But the entire team of the film had lunch at Taj Bengal and we ate a lot!” smiled Swastika, wishing everyone a happy Poila Baisakh. “I hope the youngsters celebrate Poila Baisakh the way they party on 31st December.” Picture by
Red bindi, crisp taant sari and a bun, Gargi Roy Chowdhury ushered in the Bengali New Year
in style. “Poila Baisakh and Ashtami are the two days when I never miss wearing a taant sari and a red bindi. I love to dress up the Bangali way on these two occasions,” smiled Gargi at the trailer launch of Ramdhanu, directed by Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay-Nandita Roy, at Priya on Tuesday afternoon. Picture by Sayantan Ghosh