Ushering in New Year Bollywood style


A slew of Bollywood actors, filmmakers and musicians are heading for Goa to ring in the New Year. But there are exceptions like Rahul Bose who prefers to spend his time in tsunami-affected areas.

Here’s what they said about their New Year celebration plans.

It’s been a year since the tsunami. I’m in Andaman Nicobar for Christmas and the New Year to relive the trauma, to understand that such situations aren’t a one-off thing. They can happen any time again. We need to be more prepared. I want to see how much progress has been made with the relief operations. For me, that’s the most comforting way of celebrating the year-end. — Rahul Bose

I’ll be in Madh Island...bringing in the new year in my new home, spending time with my mom who’s coming from New York. Friends are welcome to drop in. We’ll hang out on Ketan and Deepa Mehta’s terrace in the same building till we ring in the New Year. — Deepti Naval

Goa, of course! Where else? It’s almost tradition. — Karan Johar

I won’t be going anywhere. I’ll be in Mumbai working. For me January 1, 2006, will just be another day. — Mahesh Bhatt

I’m flying off to Greece for two days. I’m spending New Year with my sister Meghana who lives there. It’s hectic. But I had promised her I’d be

there. And I like to keep

my promises. — Sameera Reddy

I’ll be out of the country with some close friends. I’ve been working hard, and I need a break. — Priyanka Chopra

I’m basically a man of nature. I’ll be in Kasauli worshipping the Himalayas. Isn’t that where we are all ultimately bound? — Victor Bannerjee

Goa...where else???? Isn’t that where all of us are supposed to head? — Urmila Matondkar

Happily, in my own saga home. I’ve been shooting for JP Dutta’s Umrao Jaan in Jaipur...Have been away from Mumbai for too long...I’ll be happy to get back home to spend new year’s eve. Jadu (husband Javed Akhtar) isn’t a party animal either. — Shabana Azmi

I go to visit Sai Baba in Shirdi every year on December 31, and that shall remain unchanged. — Subhash Ghai

I’ll be in Bangkok for the new year celebrating with family and friends. And yes, my lady love will also accompany me. — Adnan Sami

My new year will be quiet as always. For me the New Year is as special as any other day. I never take the time given to me by God for granted. — Anupam Kher

I’m a complete home bird. Will be at home with my parents for the new year. That according to me is the best way to celebrate. — Vidya Balan

Me and my wife will be visiting Tirupati-Balaji for the new year. I haven’t found the time to visit one of my favourite holy spots for five years. It’s been a satisfying year for me and I want to thank god for it. — Madhur Bhandarkar

My wife and I like to take an impromptu decision on what to do for the new year. We’ll probably be celebrating in Mumbai only. But that’s something we’ll decide only when the time comes. — KK Menon

I’ll be at Naseeruddin Shah’s farmhouse. The film in which he directs me is complete. And we’ll have a wrap-up party. Really looking forward to it. — Konkona Sen every year. My bachcha and me love the sun and surfing. We’re both beach bums. — Sohail Khan