She’s named after the festival, but Rakhi Sawant does not believe in Raksha Bandhan. The 32-year-old item girl says she’s named Rakhi because she is her own rakshak (protector).
“Rakhi Sawant ko kisi bhai ki raksha ki zaroorat nahi hai. Mera Jesus hi meri raksha karta hai,” she says. But if there’s one person she’d like to tie a rakhi to, it’s MNS chief Raj Thackeray. “That is because he is also from Maharashtra.”
She explains: “Ab har kisi ko thodi shauhar ki nazar se dekh sakte hain. Baakiyon koi to bhai, bhai saahab hi kahenge na.” A small pause, and she adds, “I will never tie a rakhi to the three Khans — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir. You know that I will not tie a rakhi to Baba Ramdev either.” Does she have a message for her fans on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan? “Mujhe lagta hai ki border pe jo jawaan hain woh hi sab maaon aur behno ki raksha kar rahe hain. Har ladki ko unhe rakhi bhejni chahiye.” So, will she send them rakhis, too? “Mere paas address nahi hai.”