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No water: This holi sirf rang barse
Last month Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan declared that the state was facing a drought worse than the one in 1972. He asked his party workers to reach out to the people and inform them about the government’s efforts to bring relief. There is an acute shortage of water and After Hrs decided to initiate a Water-less Holi Campaign.

The film industry is always the first one to come out in support of any cause that affects the aam aadmi, and most people we spoke to agreed not to play Holi, or indulge in only-colour Holi, apart from pledging to save water in any way that they can. It is after all the festival of colours and not a festival of water.

Lata Mangeshkar: Maharashtra is suffering from one of the worst droughts ever. Given the situation, any wastage of water is unthinkable. I request my fellow-Maharashtrians, my friends, well-wishers and colleagues to not waste any water this Holi. Even without water the festival can be great fun. I personally don’t play Holi.

Never have. But youngsters in our family do. And we’ll make sure they play a water-less Holi. It’s not just the wastage, it’s also those colours that are sprayed with water that are dangerous. If one doesn’t waste water in playing then one automatically doesn’t use up gallons of water to clean off the stubborn colours. Let’s conserve before even the drinking-water becomes scarce.

Saif Ali Khan: We all should save water but I don’t think that’s my issue with Holi. Electricity, water and petrol should be saved. I believe in energy conservation. To save water I turn off the shower while I use the soap and shampoo. I read it on a card in a hotel bathroom and it made sense.

I haven’t played Holi in years. I used to love it as a kid because it’s a time where all the rules get broken, and visually it’s so unique and crazy! There used to be some amazing parties — Bachchans for example, but now I find it too mucky and I can’t get the colour out from under my nails for a week.

I think it’s a fun holiday, a great tradition of ours and can be a lot of fun. I have outgrown it though. I shudder to think about all the violence and attacks on women under the cover of Holi in some places unfortunately... May be a civilised Holi like Raj Kumar’s in Saudagar would be nice with just a bit of colour and lots of fun! It’s time we started having more civilised Holis and Diwalis? A bit of both I think as the water shortage is a cause for serious environmental concern!

Ajay Devgn: Being closely involved in the cause ofenvironmental conservation through my various ventures, I would definitely request all people to come together in saving water — one of the most precious resource we have today. In avoiding extensive water usage during Holi and small personal measures in our individual households we can go a long way to conserve this necessary resource for our future generations.

I have personally undertaken various initiatives at my home towards water conservation and appeal to everyone to pledge their support for this important cause. At my farmhouse in Karjat, we use borewell water.

We use water saved from the monsoons which comes to 2 lakh litre and that is sufficient for our farmhouse throughout the year. So we don’t need to use tanker water. At home in Mumbai, I have always advocated minimum use of water. I don’t use water while playing Holi and use only gulal.

Juhi Chawla: To be honest I do plan to play Holi with the kids and friends with water and safe colours. But why just Holi? I am conscious about water conservation all the time. And try to save water every day in my own little ways. I avoid running taps unnecessarily, and I get all leaks repaired instantly. I buy linen and clothes which can be used without frequent washing.

Sonakshi Sinha: I would urge everyone to enjoy the festival of colour, but insist on playing a dry Holi keeping in mind the recent drought that Maharashtra is facing. Let’s all make it a combined effort to save water. It’s the least we can do. Have a colourful, waterless Holi.

Farhan Akhtar: Holi is a dear festival to many and is traditionally celebrated with colour and water. Our state is suffering a severe drought and the dire consequences of a water shortage has hit farmers hard. The least we can do is show solidarity by keeping this year’s Holi water-free.

Asin: I have always felt strongly about environmental issues. I have banned usage of plastic bags at home and work. I have been an advocate of water conservation since school. I keep telling my friends and family don’t misuse water considering global warming. I am not celebrating Holi this year and I fully support this cause. I don’t think it’s correct to celebrate when so many people are suffering today.

Riteish Deshmukh: I will support the cause. The drought is very serious this year, especially in parts of Maharashtra. I agree that festivals are meant to be celebrated but this year let’s be sensitive and save water. It’s a question ofnecessity over luxury. I won’t play Holi this year. I have been saving water in my personal life too as everyone individually needs to do their bit.

Suniel Shetty: We are all well aware of the drought situation in Maharashtra and know what the farmers and their families must be going through. I would urge everyone to keep them in mind, play a water-less Holi and even if playing with colours, go for organic and natural ones. Be generous towards our fellow human beings, save water and play a waterless Holi.

Raveena Tandon Thadani: We will be playing Holi, but we normally play an eco-friendly holi. Right from the beginning we encouraged the kids to play with eco-friendly colours. This year we will play a dry holi... only teekas and lots of fun. We need to teach our children to preserve and treasure nature’s gifts to us, and one of the most precious of them is water.

Tusshar Kapoor: The initiative has my full support, especially keeping in mind the recent drought that has highlighted the issue again. Water is as important as oxygen, so a water-less Holi is the best way to save for a safer future, but this is only the beginning. People must conserve water in every way possible. Why not make this a principle for every day in our lives?

Vivek Oberoi: This Holi, let’s think of our farmers who are battling the drought. Every drop of water is precious, water is life… Don’t waste it!

Sakshi Tanwar: I suggest that everyone should fill water and then use it for bathing, cleaning, washing etc rather than using running tap water which results in acute wastage. Don’t use washing machines unless absolutely necessary. Also, ensure you fill your glass with just the right amount of water you need to drink and not fill the glass, take a sip and discard the rest.

If you are staying in a hotel, for a couple of days, please restrict yourself from getting the bed linen, towels washed every day, as it will save gallons of water. After all you don’t wash your bed l

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