On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, actresses share the kind of bonding they share with their brothers.

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 raakhee. I make sure I am with Baba on this day. I missed being with my brother for Raksha Bandhan only four-five times in my entire life. Sadly, this is one of those years of absence. Baba is my most precious gift. I don't need anything from him. He doesn't allow anyone else to tie a raakhi on him. No 'mooh-boli bahens' for my brother! I wouldn't tolerate them.

Parineeti Chopra:
My brothers Sahaj and Shivang are my buddies ever since they grew up. I am the eldest. So I am going to be pampering them on this Raksha Bandhan.

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

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 brother.

Celina Jaitley: My brother Vikrant is a major in the Indian army. The only Raksha Bandhan wish I have for him is to be safe. And to have a little 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, 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, Doctor 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 travelling, 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.

 

Happy Raksha Bandhan, tweets Bollywood

 

Amitabh Bachchan: Happy Raksha Bandhan to all ... may this auspicious bond between brothers and sisters remain eternal .. love .. happiness.

 

Shah Rukh Khan: Happy Raksha Bandhan to all you sisters and brothers. May your love be stronger than human will. Give your sisters a big long hug today.

 

Priyanka Chopra: Happy Rakhi my darling bro.. Now the man of the house..love you..miss you dad..

 

Hrithik Roshan: Her love will never quit, will go the distance, will point out my wrongs yet be on my side, greatest love- a sisters love. Happy Raksha bandhan my sisters and brothers... Love, cuddle, spoil and have pure fun today like only we brothers can make our sisters have!

 

Dia Mirza: Hilarious Rakhi memories! Chasing the boys in my class to tie them a rakhi and them sprinting, yelling, jumping out of my reach.

 

Ayesha Takia: Wish you all a very happy Raksha Bandhan, bound with love, protection and endless happiness!

 

Richa Chadda: My brothers have always been my first publicists, fans, well-wishers, dance partners, tech-savvy buddies, co-actors...I miss you all. I don't know if any other culture celebrates the brother-sister relationship the way we do... Happy Rakshabandhan...

 

Bipasha Basu: Such a beautiful celebration today between a brother and a sister! Happy rakhi to all! Love to my brother.

 

Divya Dutta: The most special bond.. when I first held you in my arms as ma's most precious gift to me! happy rakhi bhai

 

Farah Khan: My son insisted he also wants to tie rakhi to his sisters! And why not? Sisters protect brothers as much if not more!

 

Manoj Bajpayee: Happy raksha bandhan to you all!

 

Abhishek Bachchan: Happy Rakshabandhan! Brothers, promise to love, respect protect your sisters. Sisters, continue spoiling us brothers.

 

Mini Mathur: It's rakshabandhan! Dont just vow to protect YOUR sister, stand up for EVERYBODY'S sister! And here is wishing my crazy, handsome, superhuman, fabulous brother Happy Rakshabandhan! Now send my gift please.

 

Sonu Sood: Wishing happy raksha bandhan and missing my adorable sisters Monika and Malvika. Got your rakhis in bangkok. Wish we were together. Love you a lot.

 

Lara Dutta: A circle of love. Of protection. In our country, hope it goes beyond just one day. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

Jackky Bhagnani: Happy Raksha bandhan to the best sister in the world Honey Bhagnani. Thank you for everything . Big hug.

 

Ram Gopal Varma: Happy Rakshabandhan anyway to all the women in the world except a few I have chosen not to be my sisters.

 

Madhur Bhandarkar: May this auspicious occasion bring you all the prosperity and good luck in your way of life. Happy Rakshabandhan.

 

Sophie Choudry: Meanwhile happy Raksha Bandhan! My bhaiya and I are complete opposites! He's older (not wiser..haha) but love him to bits! God bless him always!

 

Preity Zinta: Happy Rakshabandhan to all of you out there! So happy that my elder brother came specially to Mumbai to get his Rakhee tied. I'm loving it.

 

Parveen Dusanj: Happy Raksha Bandan to all brothers out there! My brothers are my strength and weakness. Love them.
Shankar Mahadevan: Happy Rakshabandhan! Lets protect, love and respect our sisters!

 

Vishal Dadlani: If you want to be called a real man....respect and protect women, whether they are your sisters or not. Happy Raksha Bandhan, all.

Gurmeet Choudhary: Happy raksha bandhan to all.

 

Sushmita Sen: Happy Raksha Bandhan beautiful people! Here's to all the brothers and sisters bonded by the love of each other and the respect for humanity! Love you!

 

Karan Wahi: Happy rakhi to all the sisters out there... have a great day and empty your brothers' pockets.

 

Poonam Pandey: Happy Rakshabandhan to all the brothers and sisters celebrating today! Stay Blessed!

 

Pallavi Sharda: Happy Rakhi to my dearest Bhaia who is so many miles away from me. Sorry for annoying you my whole life.. Might just continue to do so!

 

Aashka Goradia: A day when you ask your brother to walk with you till the end of time. A day for all the sisters to shine. Happy Rakshabandhan.

 

Raghu Ram: Rakshabandhan wishes to all sisters and reminder to all brothers that they're supposed to protect everyone's sisters.

 

Mika Singh: Good afternoon all the brothers and sisters! Wish you a happy Raksha Bandhan. May God give you lots of prosperity and happiness! Sat Sri Akal.

Kamaal R Khan: Very happy Raksha Bandhan to all of you. Girls who don't have brother can tie Rakhi to Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.

 

Raima Sen: Happy Raksha bandhan twitterverse..

 

Shreyas Talpade: Beheno - Happy Raksha Bandan. God bless you with lots of love, happiness, success and strength.

 

Shaan: Happy Raksha Bandhan to all brothers and sisters. Got my Rakhi tied last night.. 'Jhalak...' shoot today..

 

Manish Malhotra: Happy Rakshabandhan

 

Shekhar Kapur: My father had 9 sisters, my mother 4 brothers. I have 42 1st cousins. Rakshabandhan was always such an amazing day of fun joy and celebration.

 

Punit Malhotra: Happy Raksha Bandhan. Requesting all the single girls to stay away from me.. today.

 

Tara Sharma Saluja: Happy Rakshabandhan.. Zen lookin rather serious and amused post cousin's rakhi's been tied. Kai hasn't let us tie yet.

 

Vishal Malhotra: My gorgeous sisters. Happy rakhi all.

Rashami Desai Sandhu: Happy Raksha Bandhan to my brother and bestest wishes to all the brother-sisters of the world. Beautiful feeling of affection and protection for each other.

 

Esha Deol: Happy raksha bandhan.

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