Behind every successful star is an immensely cool best friend ready with criticism and compliments. This friendship day HT City’s celeb columnists and their best friends give us a sneak peak into what makes their friendship tick.
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra met one of her closest friends, Tamanna Sharma, 11 years ago. “We lived together, when Priyanka first came to Mumbai. One thing I love about her is that she is grounded and has never been rude to anybody,” said Tamanna, who works with an international airline.Actor Imran Khan’s best friend, filmmaker Wasim Khan, recalls: "In 2004, I had left Bombay and gone to Kashmir due to personal problems. It was snowing and it was my birthday the next day, but when I told Imran I had no plans and was lonely, he said, ‘Why don’t you pick me up at the Sri Nagar airport tonight?’"
Actor Riteish Deshmukh too met best buddy, Rajeev Parekh, while in college. “We were studying architecture in New York. I watched every film of his and am a frank critic of his work,” says Parekh, an architect.
Actors Rahul Bose, Lara Dutta and Shruti Haasan met their best friends as children. “I’ve known Nasir Khan since grade two. We still do the same things we did together 30 years ago — play squash, go out for chinese food and steal money from his brother,” says Rahul.
“We have no secrets from each other and they make sure I stay grounded and real,” says Lara about her friends, Shreyashi and Tania. “Anusha and I are poles apart in personality and that’s why we’ve always had such a great time,” says Shruti.
Actress Genelia D'Souza and shooter Abhinav Bindra defy the adage that guys and girls can’t be best friends. Abhinav has known best friend, Ambika Jain, since they were kids. “He’s the one person you can fall back on any time,” says Ambika. Genelia says her best friend, Anup Chandran, “redefines friendship. He’s the best friend anyone can have.