B-town ladies talk about Raksha bandhan, bhaiyas and mooh-bola bhais

Flush with brotherly warmth on the occasion of Rakhi, this is one of those times when Bollywood is more than happy to talk about their personal side.

Subhash K Jha August 11, 2014 10:51:59 IST
B-town ladies talk about Raksha bandhan, bhaiyas and mooh-bola bhais

Flush with brotherly warmth on the occasion of Rakhi, this is one of those times when Bollywood is more than happy to talk about their personal side.

Shabana Azmi: “My brother, Baba, is most precious to me. He is my son, my friend and guide. Raksha Bandhan is a festival I get most sentimental about. This year, I am at my native village Mijwan for Raksha Bandhan. I feel really sorry that I can’t be personally present to tie him the rakhi. I make sure I am with Baba on this day. I think I missed being with my brother for Raksha Bandhan only four or five times in my entire life. Baba is my most precious gift. I don’t need anything from him. He doesn’t allow anyone else to tie a rakhi on him. No mooh-boli bahens for my brother! I wouldn’t tolerate them.”

Lata Mangeshkar: “More than a brother, Hridaynath, is the son that I never had. When I sing for my brother, I feel a mixture of elation and fear. He’s such a perfectionist. To work with him is taxing but ultimately very satisfying. When I sing for other composers, I’m always unsure about whether I’ve done my best. Hridayanath doesn’t hesitate in ticking me off if I go wrong. Even if I go wrong with one word he doesn’t let me off the hook. He makes me sing it a hundred times over, no matter how tired I get. ... Hridayanath always says, ‘In a recording room, there’re only ten people to hear you. Once the song is recorded, 10 crore people will hear it. So who loses face? People will say Lata doesn’t sing the way she used to.’"

Btown ladies talk about Raksha bandhan bhaiyas and moohbola bhais

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Bipasha Basu: "I'll spend some time with my mooh-bola bhai (director) Soham Shah and we'll eat together."

Pooja Bhatt: “I am older to my brother Rahul. So tradition be damned, I’ll be gifting him this Raksha Bandhan, not the other way around.”

Richa Chaddha: "I will tie a rakhi to my cousin who lives in Mumbai and make him some daal khichdi."

Manisha Koirala: “I have the most precious gift in the world. My brother Siddhartha. I always wish him happiness and success, and not just for Raksha Bandhan but every single day. I consider myself the luckiest sister in the world. More power to my adorable bhaiya.”

Celina Jaitley: “My brother Vikrant is a major in the Indian army. Considering the crisis at the LOC, he may soon be deployed as he is on the special forces. The only Raksha Bandhan wish I have for him is to be safe. And to have a lil baby of his own soon as he’s newly married.”

Bela Sehgal: “I am very lucky to have a wonderful brother like Sanjay (Leela Bhansali). He is thoughtful caring and loving, understanding and always concerned about my well-being. For Raksha Bandhan, I pray for his good health and the super-duper success of Ram Leela. The only gift that I want from him is that he should always continue to love me.”

Divya Dutta: “My brother Dr Rahul Dutta is more a friend than an elder brother. And he knows exactly what I want. The other day I liked a piece of jewellery while window-shopping. Before I knew it, it became my Rakhi gift. He is traveling but will be back in time for me tie the rakhi.”

Minissha Lamba: “My brother is the closest person I have in Mumbai. And just to have him around is gift enough on Raksha Bandhan.”

Pooja Bedi: “I deeply miss my brother Siddharth who died 15 years ago and I’m grateful for my brother Adam, who is 12 years younger to me. Being so much older, I don’t look at him in the traditional role of the protective brother. On the contrary, I feel I need to protect him and take care of him. All I expect from him is some time to spend together and oodles of love.”

Mandira Bedi: "Sadly my brother and I are never in the same country on Raksha Bandhan. So I have to courier him the rakhi, with instructions to my Bhabhi to organize his favourite sweets. I miss the fact that I haven't been able to tie a rakhi on my brother's wrist since our school days."

Swara Bhaskar: "Sadly I will be away from home this rakhi when my brother is home after many years abroad. This year I'll say some extra prayers for him as he has begun his own business venture. I am in London and I intend to get him a gift when I return home."

 

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