Rakshabandhan 2019: Five movies that celebrated the brother-sister bond


One of the most beautiful relationships in the world is the bond shared between a brother and sister and though the bond is one to be cherished each day, Rakshabandhan adds a special touch to the same. Since time immemorial, Bollywood has portrayed strong brother-sister relationships through countless films. It is perhaps one of the most celebrated on screen relationships represented in Bollywood films.

This year, on the beautiful occasion of Rakshabandhan, BizAsiaLive.com looks at five Bollywood films that gave us proper sibling goals and rightly celebrated the brother-sister bond.

‘Fiza’ (2000)
The critically acclaimed thriller film is considered to be one of the best Bollywood stories that revolved around the brother-sister relationship. Starring Karisma Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in lead roles, the movie is based on 1993 Bombay riots and terrorism. As Amaan, played by Roshan, disappears during the riots, the film draws an account of the extent to which the elder sister played by Kapoor, goes in search of her brother. Despite having numerous encounters with horrific events and revelations of terrorism, she holds on to the hope of saving her brother. As Roshan’s character meets his tragic end in the hands of the same sister, the film portrays how a sister can undertake every possibility to save a dear brother’s honor and integrity.

‘My brother… Nikhil’ (2005)
Based on the real-life experiences of swimmer Dominic D’souza, this film was a pioneer in introducing a leading queer character when India was yet to accept equality for all. Protagonist Nikhil Kapoor, played by Sanjay Suri, was a homosexual man who was later diagnosed with HIV. Besides addressing such strong subjects, the film majorly centered on the relationship Nikhil shared with his sister, Anamika, played by Juhi Chawla. Amidst all the hardships and the struggles Nikhil faced, his sister was the sole source of support. She stood by his side throughout his journey and fought for his rights against all the ills of the society. This film brought out a beautiful onscreen sibling relationship and showcased how the unwavering love between them stands strong despite all odds.

‘Iqbal’ (2005)
This film tells the story of the deaf and mute boy, Iqbal, played by Shreyas Talpade who strives to fulfill his dream of playing in the Indian national cricket team. His lone support is in the form of his younger sister, Khadija, played by Shweta Prasad. Khadija is Iqbal’s constant motivator and supporter and almost functions as his shadow throughout the film. She is the one who cheers for him, arrange for his practice sessions and even take him to meet his very first coach. This brother-sister duo simply radiates so much love and warmth through the screen that the audience is bound to smile with happy tears in their eyes!

‘Dil Dhakadne Do’ (2015)
Zoya Akhtar’s superhit comedy drama brings a realistic and dynamic brother-sister duo onscreen after long! Ayesha and Kabir Mehra played by Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh respectively, is the perfect embodiment of modern day sibling relationships. The characters show that though sibling altercations are common, they are also the ones looking out for each other in the end. They act as each others’ confidante and even confront their parents. The audience melts every time before the epic climax when Kabir speaks up for Ayesha’s rights and Ayesha talks about Kabir’s freedom. Hence the numerous times Kabir and Ayesha stand up for each other, support one another, share a talk, a laugh and some secrets, they end up giving us major sibling goals!

‘Sarbjit’ (2016)
The heart-wrenching biographical drama is a very real tale of a sister’s ultimate fight for her dear brother. The precious relationship between the doting siblings Sarbjit and Dalbir, essayed by Randeep Hooda and Aishwarya Rai, was highlighted from the very opening of the film. The story traced Dalbir’s entire quest to bring her only brother back home from Pakistan, where he is mistaken as a spy and imprisoned. Over the course of the film and through the years, Dalbir’s only aim in life was to fight for her brother’s freedom. Whereas an entire country away, amidst all the torturous brunt Sarbjit had to bear, his sister acted as his only ray of hope. Even when Dalbir receives her brother’s lifeless body, she pledges to fight her entire life to prove his innocence. This film brings forth a real-life story that is the epitome of a heartbreaking yet strong brother-sister relationship.

BizAsiaLive.com wishes all readers a very Happy Rakhi and hope this bond is always celebrated onscreen and off screen.

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