“I gave birth to him in this industry,” says actor Delnaz Irani about her brother, actor Bhaktiyar Irani. No she is not boasting, rather she is proud that she was the one who inspired him to take the step.
“Thanks to all the reality shows he did, he has embarked on a new career and started a dance academy in Dubai,” says Delnaz with a touch of pride. She is looking forward to celebrating Raksha Bandhan with him, but since Bhaktiyar is coming back from Dubai tomorrow, she will have to postpone it by a day. “Every year I go to his house, tie a rakhi, have a nice lunch and go for a movie,” reveals Delnaz.
Actors Ragini Khanna and Krushna Abhishek are not only popular faces on TV, they are also first cousins and interestingly, were part of a dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa at the same time. For Raksha Bandhan, every year Ragini goes to Krushna’s place.
“This year too, we all will meet around 11 in the morning and spend the whole day together followed by a big happy family dinner. I will either be taking a holiday or a half day from work as this day holds special importance in our lives.”
Another happening brother-sister duo is Akshay and Riddhi Dogra. Though Akshay is elder to Riddhi by three years, as far as acting is concerned Riddhi is a senior with several serials to her credit, last being Maryada.
“We give suggestions and really trust each other’s judgement,” says Akshay, who’s currently in Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon.
“When I was in Delhi, Raksha Bandhan was celebrated in a big way. Now in Mumbai I meet up with my sisters for lunch and ensure they get whatever they want,” he says.
Actor Pooja Gor (Pratigya) is all set to go to Ahmedabad to tie rakhi to her younger brother Naman (Gumrah), who recently made his acting debut in a teen crime drama. Siblings, Shivani Gosain and Pushkar Pandit, who started their acting career together in one show will be celebrating the festival at their parents’ place in Vasai. “It will be a family affair. I would be gifting him a branded watch, which he loves .”
Traditionally, it’s the brother, who has to gift the sister but like in every aspect, festivals can be tweaked. After all, it’s the bonding that matters.