Sunny Leone and other celebrities join Janmashtami celebrations


Porn star-turned-actress Sunny Leone had been invited to several dahi-handi celebrations on Friday on the occasion of Janmashtami. Nationalist Congress party leader Kiran Dattetreya and Dagade Patil, had invited her as the chief guest to Akhil Bavdhan Dahi Handi utsav at Patilnagar, Bavdhan. It is a mandal located near Ranwara. She was also invited by some local clubs, under the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Huge hoardings, announcing that she would be the chief guest were put up by these organizers.

Although everyone was not happy with the turn of events, some organizations like BJYM and DYFI objected to a porn star being made the chief guest on a religious occasion.

Elsewhere, too, celebrities added glitz and glamour to the Janmashtami celebrations. At the Sanklap event in Worli, MLA Sachin Ahir roped in big names of B-town. The list included Akshay Kumar, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Deol and Hrithik Roshan. ‘Govinda ala re’ chants reverberated through the entire place .The Govindas who had formed the human pyramid were eager to have a go at the ‘dahi-handi’. Hrithik who had performed a similar stunt in ‘Agneepath’ was up to it in a flash. The joy of having the celebrities joining filled the hearts of everyone. Esha Deol performed to a ballet to a full house audience at Jamboree Maidan.

Sanjay Nirupam, MP from North Mumbai had also drawn up a similar schedule. He has invited Prabhu Deva and Sonakshi Sinha. Other plethora of performers included Ravi Shukla, winner of Voice of India show. The winners of Gaurav Maharashtra, Abhas, Shreyas and Kaustubh were also present, along with singer Bali Bharmbhatt and Swaroop Balwankar. The celebrity visitors also included dancer Vaishali Jadhav and a DJ.

Self-confessed stripper Poonam Pandey wished her fans through t weeter. She tweeted “@iPoonampandey: Tweethearts will b visiting few Dahi Handis in Mumbai ...... c u der” Later on she added, “The Day of Love & Fortune The day of Birth of Lord Krishna A Lover, A Friend & A Divine Guru “#HappyJanmashtami?” 

Other celebrities too wished everyone, on the occasion :

Shreya Ghosal tweeted, “Happy Janmashtami!! Go go go Govinda!! May Lord Krishna bless you with sukh shanti samriddhi :)”

Farah Khan  wished, “Happy Janmashtami to all of u.May u have a magical day. Pl be very careful while climbing 2 get d Dahi handi.u could seriously injure urself.”

“Happy janamshtami every one....!!!” : Veena Mallik

Sophie Chaudhary  wrote, “Happy Janamashtmi! Krishna believed in Karam Yoga: Serve humanity without expecting rewards, see unity in diversity, follow the right path.”


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