A festival of love, affection, and gratitude- Rakshabandhan is widely celebrated not only in India but also outside India. On Rakshabandhan, a sister ties the holy thread (Rakhi) on her brother’s wrist and pray for his long life, whereas a brother promises to protect his sister from all the odds and be by her side, giving her a gift in return. The entire day is cherished.
We connected to some of the Telly Stars to know something about Rakshabandhan from them, and here’s what they said:
Celebrating Rakshabandhan depends on my brother Muns, his real name is Rudraksh, but with love we call him Muns at home. Sometimes we go out for dinner after performing all the Rakhi rituals. I tie Muns a Rakhi and instead of getting a gift, I give him a gift since he is younger to me, I have been giving him gifts since childhood (laughs). I remember, till Muns was 4 or 5 years old, he used to be all energetic, playing around the entire day but in the evening during the Rakhi muhurat, he went to sleep. I have tied him rakhi while he was sleeping for at least 4 years (laughs). Muns is very smart, very talented… I want him to make us proud, also I want him to give me more love along with all the chocolates that he gets (laughs). I’ll pray that he gets whatever that he wants.
Rakshabandhan has always been important to me. Since I don’t have a real brother, I know the importance of this day as well as a brother. I share a very good bond with my cousin brothers and on-screen brothers. Ankit Siwach played my brother in Rishton Ka Chakravyuh and we share the same bond till date. Even though he is shooting somewhere in Ladakh right now, if he comes here I would definitely love to spend at least half of my day with him. And even Mohsin Bhai is caring and loving, he is pretty much like my own brother. My cousin brothers have always troubled me, they make fun of me but we enjoy being together, we share a tight bond. I want my brothers to keep giving me a listening ear and stay supportive like the way they have always been.
Initially, I was planning to visit Coorg to meet my very close friend who is also my rakhi sister. But, since it’s flooded there, I won’t be going. I may visit my cousin sisters in Jaipur. I think most of my Rakhis have been with my cousins from my Nani’s side Every year when we get together on Rakhi, we play games and have fun. When I am in Mumbai, all my cousins and my rakhi sister Madhu courier the rachis to me. My cousins from my father’s family have been raised in Goa, so we hardly have celebrated rakhi together.
Rakhi is obviously always special to me. I have a little brother and this time I have a surprise for him. I hope he likes it. We have done a short Rakshabandhan campaign together so this time I made him do some acting as well. It has been so memorable for both of us as we did a lot of fun. This year, I won’t be in Pune and I will be tying him the rakhi before. Every year is a memorable one for us. What I admire and learned the most from him is the discipline he has. He has such a focused and disciplined life. He has all the qualities of being an actor and a model. He is so consistent and so strict about his food and gym. He is very calm and at the same time very happy-go-lucky. He is the laughing Buddha of our house, even in a serious situation, he keeps laughing.
I don’t have any Rakhi plans because I am not sure if I would be shooting or not. My brother is visiting me like every year. I’ll make plans with him but I am going to miss my family. Every year, we celebrate Rakhi in Indore in a grand celebration. We all go on a picnic and I really miss taking huge gifts and also blackmailing them that I won’t tie rakhi if they don’t gift me something big! I remember one incident years back, I was on a school trip and I was supposed to come on the day of Rakshabandhan but it took so long that I ended up coming late in the evening. He did not let any other sister tie him a Rakhi and I was crying since because of me, his hand was all empty that day. One thing that I am still trying to learn from him is how to captivate people with his charm. He is very charming and is always adorable. The best thing about my brother is that he obeys me, he is naughty though but will fight with anyone for me.
Mostly we shoot on Rakshabandhan, so I do not have social plans as such. That day, if I get time, I get into plans made by my Rakhi sisters. Last year, it was Shivani who tied me Rakhi, in addition to Preeti who has been celebrating Rakhi for six years now. It’s a fun day for me and I am emotional about it as well as I don’t have my sister here. My Rakhi sisters try and do everything to spend some quality time between ourselves and celebrating the joy of this auspicious day.
Happy Rakshabandhan to everyone!