‘I’M LIKE MY BROTHERS’ SEC­OND MOTHER’

On Rak­sha Band­han, ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra talks about her bond with her brothers and how they are un­af­fected by her star­dom

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Ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra and her younger brothers Sa­haj (24) and Shivang (22) have not been to­gether on Rak­sha Band­han since 2006, but they make sure the dis­tance doesn’t make the cel­e­bra­tions any less. “All three of us are in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try — I’m in Mum­bai, Shivang is study­ing in Pune and Sa­haj is work­ing in Am­bala, so the last time we were to­gether on this fes­ti­val was 11 years back, be­fore I went to Eng­land for fur­ther stud­ies,” says Pari­neeti.

The 28-year-old says their bond is so strong that they don’t need to be in the same room to cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val. “We talk to each other and do FaceTime. I make sure that rakhi reaches them on time and one of my cousins or some­body ties it to them on my be­half. It’s that time of the year when I spoil them, so I send them gifts, and money has to be there with the gifts.”

And what re­mains the most cher­ished gift she’s ever got on Rakhi? “When my brothers were young, they’d give me `100 each or maybe `50. And now, they al­ways send some­thing that I need — could be the lat­est phone or some spe­cial per­son­alised present. We have the kind of re­la­tion­ship where we are gift­ing each other the whole year. Whether it is or­der­ing stuff on­line or pick­ing up things for them when I go abroad.”

Go­ing down mem­ory lane, the ac­tor re­calls how trav­el­ling around the world with her two lit­tle brothers re­mains her best mem­ory. “I’ve been trav­el­ling to Kenya since I was 6 months old, as my grand­par­ents lived there. So be­ing in a plane with Sa­haj and Shivang from the age of two till we hit 20 is some­thing that I’ll al­ways cher­ish,” shares Pari­neeti. Her sec­ond best mem­ory is look­ing af­ter her brothers in her mom’s ab­sence. “My mom would go out and I would be babysit­ting them at home. I’m al­most like their sec­ond mother.”

Call­ing her brothers her first love, Pari­neeti says, “The three of us are in­sep­a­ra­ble. There will be a man who I will get mar­ried to and have kids with, but my brothers will al­ways be the love of my life,” she quips. Asked how her star sta­tus has af­fected their equa­tion as sib­lings, she says it’s rather funny how her brothers of­ten for­get that she is a celebrity. “They al­ways tell me how their friends are like, ‘oh you are Pari­neeti’s brother’ and they’re like, ‘we for­get that are you a fa­mous per­son and the world knows you.’ The way my brothers call me up or scold me .... when­ever I’m cry­ing or I need to talk about my life, my be­ing an ac­tor is not even in the sce­nario,” Pari­neeti tells us.

Talk­ing about the sib­lings’ thick friend­ship, she shares that she con­fides in her brothers the most. “I talk to them al­most ev­ery day. Sa­haj is my best friend. Shivang has grown up so much in the last few years that I talk to him about ev­ery­thing now. They know ev­ery­thing about me, my per­sonal life, my re­la­tion­ships, all the gos­sip, my love life, fi­nan­cial prob­lems... they know ev­ery sin­gle de­ci­sion I’m mak­ing be­fore the world knows about it.”

There will be a man who I will get mar­ried to and have kids with, but my brothers will al­ways be the love of my life PARI­NEETI CHO­PRA, AC­TOR

PHOTO: SUNIL SHIRSEKAR/ FOTOCORP

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ PARINEETICHOPRA

Ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra (cen­tre) with brothers Shivang (left)

and Sa­haj (right)

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