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Religous side of Bollywood

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By: Reshma Kelkar, IndiaFM

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Amitabh Bachchcan used to offer Rs.101/- in temple and food to the downtrodden, after signing every film. This was at the initial stage of his career and later when he met with a dangerous accident he became a thorough religious person after his survival. Jaya Bachchan used to regularly visit Siddhivinayak temple for her husband's health. Bachchan also believes in Lord Tirupati Balaji and visits religious places on his birthday. That's for the Big B.

We quizzed some Bollywood actors about their religious and spiritual aspects. This is what they had to say...

Sushma Reddy: I am not obsessed with religion
I am very spiritual person. I am not religious. I do follow rituals and rites. I believe more in respecting my parents than anything else but I am not obsessed with religion. I do believe that there is a higher power and I have lot of faith in this higher power. I have this belief that this power watches me, takes care of me and helps me to take right decision at times.

Sammir Dattani: Universe conspires with you
I am more of a spiritual person. I believe in god as a supreme power but I don't believe in any religion in particular. I believe in spirituality and karma. I believe in the fact that if you believe in something, the universe conspires with you to make it happen. I believe in power that god has given us and we need to believe in that power.

Shiny Ahuja: I believe in different gods at different times
Gangster fame Shiny is a total religious person and believes in god. I am more religious person than spiritual. I believe in different gods at different times. (Laughs) I believe in Lord Hanuman. He gives me inspiration in life.

Upen Patel: I have a temple at home
Definitely I am a religious person. I believe in Lord Krishna. I have a temple at home where I pray regularly. When I was in London we all used to go there.
Tusshar Kapoor: I believe in life after death
I am fairly religious but not very much. I believe in spirituality. I believe in life after death and also the whole thing about sprits and astrology. But I don't have time to indulge in it. If I get started on this topic, I can go on and on. I go to Sidhivinayak, Kali Mandir and Shani Mandir but have no fixed god as such whom I worship.

Minnisha Lamba: More spiritual than religious
Though I believe in supreme power above all that controls every human being, but I am more inclined to spiritual aspects of life. I think I am a spiritual person and not religious.

Mahima Chaudhary: I eat like Lord Ganesha
I believe in Lord Ganesha. Since childhood I remember my mother used to tell me stories about Lord Ganesha. Here in Mumbai celebration of Ganesh festival is similar to Durga Puja in Calcutta. There's only one similar thing between Lord Ganesha and me - that I eat like him.

Rimmi Sen: God is bored of me
I have complete faith in god. I believe in that supreme power and also know that he is bored of me. I frequently visit Mount Mary or sometimes I go to Mukteshwar. Everywhere I ask for something or the other in my prayers. While in my case, I always think negative because whenever I think negative it turns positive and vice versa.

Madhur Bhandarkar: I walk down to Sidhivinayaka every Tuesday
I am a firm believer of Lord Ganesha. Being a devotee of Lord Sidhivinayak I believe in his supreme powers. It's been nine years now that I walk down from Khar to Sidhivinayaka temple every Tuesday morning.

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