While they celebrate most festivals with gusto on their television shows, the stars of the small screen admit that they also look forward to spending time on these special occasions with their loved ones. On Raksha Bandhan, we talk to these popular faces about the bond they share with their siblings.
I never take gifts from him: Aashka Goradia
As my brother Shivam is younger, I never take gifts from him. I always give him one. My
fondest memory is of when I tied my first rakhi. He was two months old. The best gift he gave me was when he told me on my birthday, “Didi, you are not my sister. You are my father.”
I am his friend, philosopher and guide: Veebha Anand
My brother Ajeet shifted to Mumbai from Dehradun this year, so after five years, I will tie him a rakhi in person. He’s two years younger and we are close. About 10 years ago, our parents gave him money to give me. However, in the evening, he returned the rakhi and asked me to give him the money. Today, I am his friend, philosopher and guide.
I’d sport rakhis till my elbow: Rithvik Dhanjani
Usually, I’m away from my sister Heena since she lives in Dubai. I haven’t celebrated Rakhi with her since three years, which makes me sad. As kids living in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, we would celebrate the day with our extended families and I’d be sporting rakhis till my elbow. I loved that.
I am hoping to get a lot of gifts: Pooja Gor
This time, I might fly to my hometown Ahmedabad as my brother and all my cousins are there. We celebrate the day in a traditional manner. We get up early in the morning, dress up, buy sweets and then go to tie rakhis. I have a younger brother, Naman, and 13 cousins. I am hoping to get lots of gifts.
The ceremony is done with rituals: Sakshi Tanwar
This year, if I can, I’ll go meet my brother Rajeev in Delhi. The ceremony is done with all the rituals and is followed by lunch or breakfast. In 2000, Rakhi was on August 15 and I’d gone to Mumbai to shoot the pilot of Karam. This was before I had signed Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki. I was emotional and anxious as I hated leaving home on that day.
I was his permanent bodyguard in school: Vahbbiz Dorabjee
My brother Daniel is four-and-a-half years younger than me and visits during the Parsi New Year and Rakhi. People used to think we are twins, as our smiles are similar and we’d fool them by playing along. When I finished my 10th standard, he cried a lot. I was always protective about him and his permanent bodyguard in school. ‘I like spending the day with my family’
Rakhi is a special holiday. As a kid, I was mischievous and hid my sister Priya’s gift. She’d have to search the whole house to find it. Today, Rakhi has become more special and I like spending the day with my family. This year, we plan to go out for dinner with all our cousins.
I have always received gifts: Nakuul Mehta
It is an occasion when the entire family gets together. It’s about sweets, festivities and counting who gets the maximum rakhis. This year, I plan to take my sister Pracchi out for a good meal and get some gifts in return. Being the younger one, I have always received gifts and it’s something I am embarrassed about.
I will celebrate Rakhi in Delhi with my sister Richa. We are emotionally attached, but now that she’s married, things are a little different. When I started earning, I paid her shopping bill once and she got emotional. I am protective and responsible as a brother.
It gets difficult to take time out: Aishwarya Sakhuja
This Rakhi, I’ll be on Skype with my brother Shyam. He’s in Dubai. That's how we usually celebrate as it gets difficult to take time out from our busy schedules. I remember my brother bribing me to get the biggest and jazziest rakhis, so that he could show it off. Now he likes just a simple one tied on his wrist.