No matter how busy she may be in her professional life, Priyanka Chopra ensures that she takes time out for her family. When it comes to her younger brother, Siddharth Chopra, the actor says that he has been her friend, confidante and cornerstone for as long as she can remember.
On Raksha Bandhan today (August 29), she talks about growing up with him, how he has become “protective” about her now, and more.
What kind of a relationship do you share with Siddharth?
We have grown up squabbling and fighting as most siblings do. He is the younger one technically, and so, I did my duty as the older sibling, and bullied him mercilessly. But no matter what I did, he would be there for me, with a smile on his face and love in his eyes. I think the strength of the bond that we share is tremendous. A lot is unsaid between us, but we know that no matter what, we’ll always be there for each other. We used to do a lot of masti (fun). I was the ‘general in command’, and Siddharth was my willing sidekick.
What does Raksha Bandhan mean to you?
Raksha Bandhan has always been an important part of my life. Apart from Siddharth, I have about 20 cousins, who I tie rakhis to. This is not something that I do just like that; it’s very special to me. More often than not, because they are in different parts of the world, I have to mail them the rakhis, which I religiously do every year.
Did you give Siddharth any advice as a kid?
“Stay out of my way (laughs).” I bullied him a lot, but I made sure he knew that no matter what, I would always have his back. He had the freedom to be himself, because I was there to protect him.
Did stardom ever affect your relationship?
Not at all. The only change I felt was that after seeing me become a public figure, he became even more protective.
What do you miss about you two as kids?
The simple pleasures of being kids... like stealing imli (tamarind) from the kitchen, climbing trees when we were told not to, and going on family vacations. I think the innocence and purity of the bond that siblings share, we somehow tend to take it for granted as we grow up.