Like every year,dahi handi groups around the city are adding that extra flavour to their events by inviting celebrities to their events. But this year,Marathi actors from TV and film industry are a big hit with organisers.
Kishor Shinde,from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,who is organising an all-girls dahi handi for the third consecutive year in Kothrud,said,Celebrities add that extra zing to the celebrations. We make it a point to invite only Marathi actors so that people get to see and interact with them. He added that the all-girls dahi handi will see Marathi actors Manva Naik,Madhura Velankar and Dhanashri Kadgaonkar join the celebrations. We will ensure that men are not allowed to enter the premises and let the ladies have fun, he said.
When enquired how do celebrities manage their time? And how much are they are paid to attend the event? A source,who works for a public relations agency in Pune,listed a few trends he noticed in his 10-year-long career.
Female actors are preferred over male actors. Each actor attends about three dahi handi events on an average in a day. They are paid anything between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh for each event, he said.
Actor Smita Tambe,famous for her role in critically-acclaimed film Jogwa,said that she is attending three dahi handi events two in Pune and one in Thane.
Im looking forward to attend an event at a school for mute and hearing impaired children. After that I will head for another event on Sinhagad Road, she said.
Actors such as Sangram Salvi,Kranti Redkar,Prajakta Mali and Sai Tamhankar are also slated to attend several dahi handi events across the city. Last year,Sunny Leone had attended a dahi handi event at Dapodi. But all eyes are set on the upcoming Akhil Balewadi Dahi Handi Utsav,where actor Bipasha Basu is slated to make an appearance.