Posted Sun, August 10, 2014 10:30am IST

While the entire nation would indulge in one of the most popular festivals, we look at some adorable real life brother-sister pairs in filmdom

Remember that song from the film Bandhan, when actor Ashwini Bhave with those puppy eyes and mushy expressions sang “Yeh Bandhan toh pyaar ka Bandhan hai” for Salman Khan?

While all of that looked terribly pretentious, Bollywood has always loved to glorify the brother-sister relationship. With cliched songs like Bhaiya Mere Raakhi ke bandhan ko nibhana from Chhoti Behan and Phoolon Ka Taron Ka from Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Hindi films have always celebrated Raksha Bandhan with much grandeur and pomp. While actors like Shah Rukh Khan-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone-Arjun Rampal and Salman Khan-Neelam Kothari have been a hit reel life bhai-behen jodi, on this special occasion we look at some real life counterparts and their off screen camaraderie.

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ranbir Kapoor: Born in one of the most celebrated filmi families, Ranbir and Kareena are brought up in a typical Punjabi family. Since the actors have never shared screen space, their off screen relationship was always a mystery for their fans. However, the curtains were raised when this brother-sister pair made their first TV appearance together on Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan. While Ranbir and Kareena left no chance to pull each other’s leg on the show, their love and mutual respect was also one to notice. The highlight of the show was when Kareena said that she is all excited to perform on Chikni Chameli and Sheila Ki Jawani in Ranbir’s sangeet. Well, no points for guessing at which pretty actor was Bebo hinting at! Wink Wink!

Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar: Born to veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar and screenwriter Honey Irani, Zoya and Farhan were the typical brats as kids. While their professional relationship has always bore fruits in terms of Luck by Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, their off screen relationship from the exterior also seems very suttle and shaped. Their recent appearance on a chat show diplayed their effortless understanding of each other’s thought process as well as their personal space. The brother-sister duo has collaborated once again for their forthcoming project, Dil Dhadakne Do and going by their past records we hardly doubt their super-hit companionship.

Sonam Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor: Hailing from another filmi family, Sonam is the daughter of Anil Kapoor, while Arjun is producer Boney Kapoor’s son. Both Sonam and Arjun have been very candid about their fondness for each other, however, what interests us more is the fascinating tales that Sonam has narrated. Sonam once confessed that whenever she went on dates, Arjun always made sure to accompany her. Ofcourse, he would occupy another table. However, just like every protective brother the Kapoor lad too kept a close eye on Ms Kapoor’s dates. Awww….now isn’t that sweet?

Emraan Hashmi and Alia Bhatt: We remember that moment when Alia had confessed on a tete-a-tete that she didn’t know that Emraan was her cousin until he became a star. While Emraan has always spoken about Alia as a protective brother, Ms Bhatt has been very candid and chirpy about their relationship. Interestingly, it seems that the brother-sister duo is also very competitive. When he was recently asked if he would want to pass his serial kisser tag to Alia, Emraan jokingly said to a leading news portal, “I want to monopolise the crown. Someone has to reach up to my run rate. So it will take time for the new actors to be there.” Well we love this new age competitive bhai-behen relationship. Right peeps?

Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor: Children of veteran film actor Jeetendra, Ekta and Tusshar Kapoor are one of the most loved brother-sister pair in filmdom. While Tusshar has worked hard to prove his mettle in the film industry, Ekta’s contribution in his career can’t be ignored. Movies like Kyaa Kool Hai Hum and Shootout at Lokhandwala have been pivotal for Tusshar’s filmi career and both have been produced by Ekta. While Tusshar is protective for his dotting sister, Ekta is said to be very possessive about her little brother. Infact, she wants to know every detail of the girl that Tusshar would date. Now that’s a very fun relationship we admit!

It’s BollywoodLife wishing all these brother-sister pairs and our readers a very happy Raksha Bandhan.