As the world celebrates Friendship Day on August 1, celebrities share their thoughts on friendship and their best friends.
Zohaeb Farooqui: Friends are my extended family
I’m the only child to my parents. I was raised in the hostel and I share a unique and emotional bond with my school friends. I call them my extended family. There are four friends with whom I am close — Ajinkya, Jay, Ankur & Krunal. They are the ones who have stood by me, laughed with me, cried with me and partied with me. They are my pillar of strength. I owe them my life and love them. Journey without them would have been boring.
Sneha Namanandi: It is a very unique bond
For me friendship is a very unique bond. I have had all kinds of friends, who have supported me, been there for me, ditched me. But for me friendship is all about being there for your friend whenever he or she needs you. I am someone who will care a lot, go an extra mile or out of my way to help a friend. I have a few special friends who are close to me. I don’t have any one name. Growing up, dogs have been around me and they have been my favourite companion. Polo, Tigger, Miguel, and Maui are my doggo friends.
Mahreen Khan: An important relationship in my life
Friendship is a very important relationship in my life. I have been blessed with amazing people around me. It has been a beautiful journey with them. Friends teach you a lot. Major Bikramjeet was one of my closest friends ever. He was like my mentor and friend. Friendship is a very beautiful thing they make you whoever you are.
Harjinder Singh: Friends keep you motivated
Friend is someone who has your back, no matter what. He will watch out for you and ensure you are not in danger alone. He will never purposely lead you into making decisions that aren’t good for you. I share this bond with my best buddy Prateek. We don’t need words to communicate, just a look works. When it comes to Prateek, his belief in me always kept me focused. He repeatedly kept me motivated to never let my dream just go away.
Sharad Malhotra: Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend
Karan Sethi & Prateek Chakraborty have been my friends for 10 years now. It started with my film From Sydney With Love and we ended up being more than family. We’ve had our shares of ups & downs, fights, arguments, mood swings, hibernations and misunderstandings too but at the end of the day we’re more than brothers taking care of each other’s backs. It’s bromance all the way. Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend and these two are my best buddies. Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.
Nivedita Basu: Those who make you happier in your lowest days are true friends
I wonder why we celebrate these special days. If it’s celebrated just on one day, then you have to remember and that’s ironic. I think my friendship has more is to do with my parents, my husband and my in-laws. They are like the only permanents in your life. I don’t have one friend but apart from that I have few close friends who’ve been with me for more than 20 years. My child is my best friend right now because I spend most of my time with her. People who are there for you during your low days, matter to me the most because in happiness even a fake crowd shows up. So people who help you feel happier in your lowest days are true friends.
Chandni Soni: Friends teach you how to fight with life
Neeraj Soni my husband, he’s my bestie. I am not saying it because he’s my husband. He is the only person in my life with whom I can share anything. Sometimes he just sees my face or mood and he understands my feelings. He’s the only person who taught me so many things, like how to fight with life and he’s the only person who handles me very well.
Chitra Vakil Sharma: Friends stay with you at every stage of life
Friendship has different meanings for different people to me, for me it’s a fantastic feeling. I am a people’s person and I have lots and lots of friends across the globe and I am regularly in touch with them. I know what my childhood friend is upto or what my former colleague is planning. Having said that, we all have that one special friend in life who is always with you and that is my childhood friend Dr. Abhijit Bopardikar. He has been with me in every stage of life. Friendship is undeniably a strongest and unbreakable bond that unites two individuals.