For most of us, the thought of a sibling (or siblings) conjures up a rollercoaster of emotions and memories that range from fights, pranks, arguments, tears, laughter, and much more that form a large part of our childhood.
But despite the fair share of ups and downs, the sibling rivalry outgrows to quickly form into a bond of love and friendship. This love-hate-love relationship and the many adventures associated with it have fascinated film and OTT makers alike for decades now, and as a result, we’ve got some great sibling duos that are oh-so-relatable!
On Raksha Bandhan 2021, we bring to you a compilation of onscreen sibling duos that celebrate siblinghood in their unique way. Which one of these makes you go: “This is so us!”, do let us know in the comments below.
1. Alexis and David Rose from Schitt’s Creek
Alexis (Annie Murphy) and David (Dan Levy) may seem like two snooty siblings, but they are one of the most close-knit brother-sister duos on screen. From Alexis keeping her break-up woes away to get David the exclusivity rights for the Warner farm's artisanal cheeses or David’s attempt to strengthen her sister’s romantic relationship with her boyfriend, Ted—their relationship is based on love, care, and unlimited support.
2. Ayesha and Kabir from Dil Dhadakne Do
Two contrasting personalities, a strong-willed Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and fun-loving and carefree Kabir (Ranveer Singh), mirror the classic real-life brother-sister relationship in this Zoya Akhtar movie. They fight, they tease and trouble each other, but at the same time have each other’s back and make sacrifices for each other when needed. Unlike a typical Bollywood family drama, here, the sister portrays a modern-day career woman, who is not dependent on her brother for guiding or influencing her decisions about walking out of her marriage.
3. Monica and Ross Geller from F.R.I.E.N.D.S
One of the most iconic duos of American and international television from the 90s, Monica and Ross, set the bar high for all onscreen siblings. They’ve given us some hilarious moments, like when they performed the routine at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. They share a great bond, but it’s the sibling rivalry that makes them more relatable.
3. Iqbal and Khadija from Iqbal
The unconditional emotional support that Khadija (Shweta Prasad) gave Iqbal (Shreyas Talpade), who was deaf and mute, through the founding years of his cricket career and otherwise is commendable. It shows us how a person can achieve great results with faith and support.
4. Kevin and Randall from This Is Us
The Pearson siblings -- Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) – teach us a lot about understanding family and relationships. Although Randall and Kevin aren’t on good terms, they do step up for each other, when it is needed. Remember when Randall suffered an anxiety attack and Kevin chose to skip the opening night of his play to be by his brother’s side?
When her brother Sarbjit (Randeep Hooda) gets sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly spying and terrorism, Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) spends over two decades proving her brother’s innocence. Dalbir proves to be a source of strength for not just her brother, but also Sarbjit’s wife and children.
6. Aditi and Amit from Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na
Sibling equations aren’t always fun and games, sometimes, two people may drift away and start competing against each other. Aditi (Genelia Deshmukh) and Amit (Prateik Babbar) share an equation like this in the movie. They are constantly fighting and have nothing in common to bond, but when the time comes, Amit does step up and knock some sense into his sister’s mind.
7. Sansa and Arya Stark from Game Of Thrones
Arguably the most famous of the lot, the Stark sisters, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams), became a strong symbol of a family towards the end of the series. The duo is separated early in the series only to reunite and give us a tear-jerker episode in the finale season. What’s noteworthy here is how, although separated, they worked towards the same goal – to have their enemy killed – and even succeeded to do so.