Actor Kriti Sanon doesn’t have a brother. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t celebrate Raksha Bandhan. She and sister Nupur Sanon tie a rakhi to each other.
“I celebrate rakhi with my sister every year. It’s not about feminism, it’s basically questioning the meaning of the festival. It’s not about a brother protecting his sister, rather siblings protecting each other and being there for each other. I don’t have a brother. But I know that my sister and I are always there for each other no matter what. And it’s that promise that we celebrate as Rakhi,” says the 26-year-old.
This year, however, Kriti will celebrate the festival a day later, as she is busy shooting for her film, Raabta, in Budapest. “Unfortunately I won’t be with Nupur on Rakhi as I’m shooting, and will be back the next day. So, it’ll be post celebration this time,” says the actor. “We both always try to spend Raksha Bandhan together. And if we are away, we make sure we talk to each other on the phone that day... We have been celebrating the festival the same way since childhood. We’d always first tie the rakhi to each other and give each other gifts or chocolates and only then meet other relatives and cousins. It’s sweet when sometimes I forget and she gets two rakhis or vice versa. Last year, too, I was away and we facetimed. It was damn cute,” adds the older sister.
The Delhi girls live together in Mumbai, but Kriti’s busy Bollywood schedule keeps her away quite often. “It gets tough to spend time with my family (as they live in Delhi). Since my sister has moved to Mumbai, we still manage to chill together, be it by having a meal together or a late night drive or going for a movie.”
Reminiscing her last outing with Nupur, the doting sis says: “I left for Raabta shoot on my birthday (July 27), but we had a nice pre-birthday lunch together and went to the spa. So it was like a sisters-day-out.”