To all the sisters out there, don’t forget to tie an additional raksha dhaga on your brother’s wrist for protection against corona! With Coronavirus still breathing and breeding in India, it’s natural that this year’s Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated with less enthusiasm.
The responsibility now shifts to the shoulders of artistes, mainly from the television industry, to portray that festival vibe in these trying times. We talk to actors from Punjabi television industry about their plans for the D-day.
Far from home
Sehar from Kamli Ishq Di
This is the first time I am so far from home on Raksha Bandhan. A brother provides friendship, security and unconditional love and support to a sister. I am lucky that I have three brothers. I cannot express in words how much I am going to miss them this Raksha Bandhan. If I cannot be with them, that doesn’t mean that I will skip the celebratory part of this brother-sister bond. I tied a rakhi to my on-screen Brother Vicky (Vansh Bindra) for the show and will tie him again for real on Raksha Bandhan.
Gift in advance
Navdeesh Arora from Khasma Nu Khani
I will be shooting all day on Raksha Bandhan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love my elder sister. She has already sent a rakhi. I paid her a safe visit and handed over the cash, what we call shagan, in advance for the festival. Definitely I am going to miss the festival vibe this year, but will make it up next year when the scenario will change, hopefully for good.
Sukh Trehan from Khasma Nu Khani
All the guys who work on the sets as spot boy or lighting crew, I call them dada. I will tie rakhi to them. While I have already posted rakhi to my brother, who lives with my family in Jalandhar, this year will be all about appreciating those who are around us.
Not one but ten
Rohit Handa from Tu Patang Main Dor
I have a joint family back in my village near Jalandhar. I feel I am lucky that apart from one real sister, my cousins and even nieces tie me rakhi. It’s not a festival but more of a mela at home on Raksha Bandhan when the extended family, including my father’s five sisters, come together. But, sadly this year we will be working since we have just resumed shootings after such a long break. So, my real sister might visit me on the sets to tie 10 rakhis on the behalf of my cousins and nieces, including hers.
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