Stars from the Marathi film industry will make their presence felt at dahi handi celebrations across various locations in the city on Friday. They will cheer and lend support to teams forming a human pyramid to break the earthen pot.
Actress Sai Tamhankar,who replaced Bipasha Basu in Pudhe Dhoka Aahe,the Marathi remake of Hindi flick No Entry,and veteran actor Milind Gunaji will be celebrating dahi handi with their fans at an event organised by Akhil Lohegaon Dahi Handi Utsav Samiti.
We have been organising dahi handi event at Lohegaon for the past four years. This year we have set up our stage near Moze School. We have invited celebrities to cheer for teams that will compete to break the handi, said member of the organising committee Sachin Khese.
We wanted to organise the event on a larger scale this year. Therefore,we requested Sai Tamhankar and Milind Gunaji to be a part of celebrations. They are sure to pull in more crowds as they have a large fan following in the city, he added.
Actresses Tejaswini Pandit,Jui Gadkari ,Ketaki Matgaokar,Anshuman Joshi and Sunny Leone,who made her debut with the recently released film Jism 2,are expected to visit dahi handi celebrations organised by Akhil Baner Balewadi Mahalunge at Baner.
However,much has been talked about the invitation given to Leone.
I don’t understand about the fuss that has been created over Leone’s presence as a chief guest at our programme. Despite the objections,we are going ahead with our plans of inviting her to our programme, said Kiran Dagade,member of the Dahi Handi organising committee of NCP.
The youth wing of BJP has submitted an application to the DCP of Pune objecting to Leone’s proposed visits to dahi handi events across the city.
Leone is also expected to visit an event organised by Akhil Dapodi Gaothan Dahi Handi Utsav Samiti at Dapodi. Marathi television actors Sangram Salvi and Shivani Surve of teleserial Devyani fame will also add glamour to the event.
The celebrations organised at Dhanori by Dhanori Gaon Dahi Handi Utsav Samiti will see the presence of Prasad Oak and Vrinda of Hindi teleserial Diya aur Baati.