Of all relationships known to man, friendship is perhaps the strongest bond after that between parent and a child. Wise men will tell you that love can come and go, but friendship will stay rock solid. Philosophers have opined that a marriage too is successful, if partners enjoy a genuine and warm camaraderie. Often, parents complain of a generation gap with their teenaged kids. There too, developing a friendly bond with grown children works wonders.
This Friendship Day, we tried to see what famous people have to say about this most genuine of relationships. We check out how celebrities navigate the choppy waters of stardom to find lasting friendships.
Selena Gomez on her bond with Taylor Swift
It is well-known that singers Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are ‘besties’. Taylor stood solidly behind Selena when the latter was in an uncertain relationship with singer Justin Bieber. So here’s what Selena has to say about friendship and her best buddy:
‘Every single problem I ever have is healable by Taylor Swift. If I ever I have an issue, Taylor has gone through it -- she gives the most thought-out answers. And what I love about Taylor is that she does believe in the whole love story and Prince Charming and soul mates. Because of her, I haven’t lost faith.’
Deepika Padukone on her bond with Shahana Goswami
And if you thought our very Bollywood didn’t have such bonds, here’s what superstar Deepika Padukone has to say about her friend actor Shahana Goswami who she befriended on the sets of Break Ke Baad (2010).
“Shahana Goswami is my best friend. I have always maintained that being in this industry we cannot plan when friends will come in our life and when they will move out. And she, happened to be a co-star in one of my beginner films. And before I knew it, we became good friends; she is the first person I call when I am back in Mumbai,” Deepika said in an interview about Shahana.
Late Mohammad Ali on friendship
Talking of friends, it is always an inspiration what famous people have to say about this unique bond. And if it is the legendary boxer late Mohammad Ali saying, we listen:
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
Oprah Winfrey on true friends
Celebrity chat show host Oprah Winfrey is someone the world listens too. The whole of Hollywood would count her as their BFF. And this is what she has to say about it.
“Lots of people want to ride with you on the limo, but what you want is someone who will ride the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani bond
Yet another friendship from Bollywood that has survived the test of time is between Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. They are business partners who started out with Dil Chahta Hai back in 2000 and stuck on like glue.
Here’s what Ritesh once told DNA: “I think we have a perfect chemistry. We don’t have egos and we have a very open mind to each other’s inputs. Every decision that the company takes is always a joint one and once the decision is made, there’s no blame game if it back-fires. We don’t spend much time looking behind. This is what has made us remain thick as ever. We have both seen each other grow, make mistakes and learn from it. When we started out to make Dil Chahta Hai, I was clueless about production and Farhan too was a first-time director. But the experience we got hands on while making Dil Chahta Hai was invaluable.”
Kareena Kapoor on her bestie Amrita Arora
Another Hindi film industry friendship that gets stronger with each passing day is the one between Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora. And here’s how Kareena chose to define it. “I really like that girl. She’s fun, easygoing, hassle free and honest... just like me. Our friendship cannot be measured against other filmy friendships.”
Beatles legend John Lennon’s thoughts
The Beatles great John Lennon’s words on friendship ring true even today. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
Nelson Madela’s choice of friends
And for a man like Nelson Madela whose life was a struggle against injustice and discrimination, he would have taken great care in choosing his friends. And for him, honest feedback is what seems to matter the most.
“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”
Marilyn Monroe’s wise words on friendships
The ultimate diva Marilyn Monroe, loved by millions, had a troubled life what with so many failed relationships. If her chose in men was questionable, she was certainly wise when it came to picking friends.
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends -- they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything -- they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world.”
APJ Abdul Kalam on friends and memories
Never one to ignore passion and energy over correctness, here’s what India’s one of the most popular presidents, APJ Abdul Kalam had to say on friendship: “Sometimes, it’s better to bunk a class and enjoy with friends, because now, when I look back, marks never make me laugh, but memories do.”
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