Sibling love Bollywood style
Reel life and real life Raksha Bandhan ties .
It’s a festival like none other. Celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan, Raksha Bandan or Rakhi has universal appeal among Hindus all over the world. Sisters tying a rakhi on their brothers’ wrists commemorate a precious bond of protection, practiced for centuries. Historically, Rajput queens sent rakhi threads to the rulers of neighboring kingdoms as a token of brotherhood. Then—as now—the tying of rakhi symbolized the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s wellbeing, and the brother’s promise of lifelong protection for his sister. Let’s take a look at some popular real life and reel life brothers and sisters we adore.
Bollywood brother-sister pairings Nykaa loves .
This was one of yester year star Karishma Kapoor’s more memorable performances. She played sister to Hrithik Roshan in Fiza. It was not a typical tale of sibling love; she ended up shooting and killing her brother to give him an honorable end.
Arbaaz Khan played Kajol’s ‘protective brother’ to the hilt in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya spurning all the suitors who wooed her. A classic case of a doting brother believing no one was good enough for his little sister.
A 1971 classic Hare Rama Hare Krishna starring and directed by Bollywood’s evergreen hero Dev Anand, Mumtaz and Zeenat Aman A launch pad for Zeenat Aman, the film was a super hit and one of Dev Anand-Zeenat Aman’s most memorable performances; she playing a lost hippie and he the protective brother trying to reclaim his sister’s love.
Arjun Rampal played the beefy, suspicious brother who literally stalked sister Deepika Padukone’s hapless suitor Akshay Kumar in Housefull. But all’s well that ends well!
Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri play brother-sister in this memorable film, My brother…Nikhil shot in Goa. It was a brave portrayal of a sister’s undying devotion to her brother, a state all round swimming champion, after he is diagnosed with HIV.
A classic case of an unlikely brother and sister pairing that actually worked! Shah Rukh Khan plays over protective brother to his twin sister Aishwarya Rai in Josh. The two spend all their time together, watching out for each other, guiding and supporting each other.
And now for some real life brothers-sisters we admire .
While Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan is a Bollywood veteran, younger sister Soha Ali Khan is a relatively recent entrant. Both have tasted success; Saif with Aarakshan and Omkara, and Soha for her role in Rang De Basanti, Khoya Khoya Chand and 99. He plays supportive brother to the hilt. As Soha once remarked, “I’m proud of how Saif has climbed the success ladder and showed me the way.”
Super talented real-life brother and sister Farhan and Zoya Akhtar have proved that the acting-directing gene is shared by both in equal measure. Not just have they proved their flair independently, they have worked together on super hit films Luck by Chance and Zindagi Milagi na Dobara. Papa Javed Akhtar and mom Honey Irani must be so proud.
Farah Khan made a mark as a choreographer and then a director, while brother Sajid Khan honed his skills as a director specializing in rom-coms. Together they have given hits like Housefull, Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. Another superbly talented set of Bollywood siblings.
Sonakshi Sinha has two twin brothers, Luv and Kussh Sinha who she obviously adores
Though strictly speaking they’re not brother and sister, cousins Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor share more than their love for acting. Today the two are close, looking out for each other, supportive, affectionate and proud of each other’s accomplishments.
Arpita Khan, the youngest member of Bollywood’s ‘Khan daan’ is legendary actor and original Bollywood beefcake Salman Khan’s adopted sister. She is very close to all her brothers, especially Salman. “Though Salman bhai is very busy, we share an easygoing, beautiful relationship,” she says.
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