Indians love the festival of Diwali. They also
love sweets. And they absolutely, irrationally love Bollywood! So, we at
BollyCurry, threw all three loves in one pot and tried to decipher some kind of
common thread between them. Since it is the festive season, we ended up
drooling over our favorite Bollywood stars and hoarding boxes of mithai
they seemed to remind us of! Sure, it sounds absurd, but
Bollywood stars do in fact resemble some of our favorite sweets!
Don't believe us? So here goes a list of our favorite
celebrities and their meethe lookalikes!
As sweet as jalebi
Jalebi is quite the quintessential Indian
sweet. Traditional, extremely delicious and easily available at every nook and
corner, Indians love their jalebis. It is quite similar to their love for
flocking to the theatres to catch Salman Khan beat a goon or two! The delicacy
is particularly popular in the subcontinent during Eid. The festival also usually
witnesses the release of Khan's blockbusters. His movies are sometimes as loopy
as the loops in a jalebi, but also always bursting with flavor, energy
and sugary bliss! As a person, the Bollywood superstar really is as sweet as
the sweet; he has launched many new faces in the industry and is always ready
to help out the needy. One can never have enough of Khan, like one serving of jalebis can never truly be enough!
Shah Rukh Khan
As humble as milk cake
He might be the King of Bollywood, but he has
acted with many actors throughout his career, and all of his co-stars feel he
is an absolute gem of a person to work with. He isn't a product of a
star-studded lineage, struggling his way through the industry, with his acting
talent being the only thing that drove him. If you want to come up with an
adjective to describe him, surely there cannot be one particular word, but a mithai comes to this writer's mind! It is the milk
cake. Like the humble and simple person that SRK is, the milk cake is a simple
sweet made only from milk and sugar and with a lot of patient effort. It is
uncomplicated, but absolutely delightful to taste. The milk cake is a delicacy
you can enjoy all year round, just like SRK's movies that can be seen multiple
times without any boredom!
As mishti as mishti doi
No surprises here. Ever since the Lady Dabangg
stole hearts with her Bollywood debut, she has become synonymous with
sweetness, and everything mishti! Sinha, B-Town's own girl-next-door, exudes a homely charm that
is reminiscent of the earthiness that is the trademark of the quintessential
Bengali sweet. Mishti doi can be found in earthen pots in sweet shops
throughout West Bengal. For most that enjoy the delicacy, there can be no better
dessert and it is often enjoyed in the company of friends and family and the
comfort of one's own home. Sinha usually portrays characters with simplicity
and warmth. To deepen the connection, she pulled off the Bengali woman
elegantly in Lootera (2013). Quite the Bong
As beautiful as gajar ka halwa
Gajar ka halwa is a stunning dish! It looks beautiful and
royal and tastes heavenly! The long and gorgeous looking carrots that go into
the making of this superb dish remind us of the beautiful Padukone, who has
been taking Bollywood quite by storm as of late. She embraces her personality
and rocks her roles. She also believes in honest, hard work and never lets all
the fame get to her, as is evident from her off-screen persona. It lends her an
earthiness that we believe resembles the balance of flavor and beauty that is
remarkable in gajar ka halwa. It is also prepared and eaten on auspicious
occasions, much like how Padukone has become pretty much the lucky charm in her
As delightful as kheer kadam
Here's the thing about kheer kadam: not only is it a popular delicacy in West Bengal (the
state that saw the shooting of her critically acclaimed Kahaani (2012)), it is actually a rasgulla or a gulab jamun wrapped in a layer of khoya and that makes for
quite a visually and tastefully explosive sweet. The beauty of kheer kadam is in what lies inside, which is quite like the beautiful Balan.
She is gorgeous, but it is her finesse in acting, her bold voice, her ability
to express through her eyes, and sheer strength and steel inside that shines
through every time she appears on screen. Balan exudes confidence and she
always seems comfortable in her own skin. Also, she is incredibly witty and
charming, and exudes a charm similar to that of the kheer kadam.
So there! Our
Bollywood favorites are quite sweet, don't you think? We are pretty sure we are
missing out on some names, but all this talk of mithai and sugary goodness
has made this writer very excited, so excuse me while I go and gobble some kaju katlis. Do let us know in the comments section about your favorite celebs
and the sweets you think they remind you of. And of course, join in the
festivities that must be going on all around you. Gorge on some sweets, catch
up on old Bollywood favorites and have a happy and safe Diwali!
Writer: Tanisha N.
Editors: Shreya S. & Gunia K.
Graphics: Virina R.
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