Friendship Day: Shraddha Kapoor Calls BFF Eshanka Wahi Her 'Permanent Tattoo'
Call them partners in crime or soulmates for life —actor Shraddha Kapoor and her BFF, Eshanka Wahi, an event manager, don’t need a special day to celebrate their friendship. Going for exotic holidays, letting their hair down at parties, being part of each other’s family gatherings and enjoying most of their special days together, the two have been together since forever now.
“I’ve known Saha [as Shraddha fondly calls her best friend] since she was born,” quips Shraddha, boasting that she happens to be a year and a half older to Eshanka. Glad to have found a friend for life in Shraddha, Eshanka adds, “Imagine being born and coming into this world and already having a best friend. Isn’t that great? I feel so lucky.”
Today, on Friendship Day, in an exclusive chat with HT, Shraddha and Eshanka unravel some fun facts and little secrets too, about their bond they’ve shared over the years.
How would you describe the bond you share with each other?
Shraddha: We’ve known each other for our whole lives now, so it feels like she is an extension of me. She’s like a permanent tattoo that I know is going to be there forever. It’s like a tattoo in my heart.
Eshanka: It’s actually indescribable. It’s surreal. She’s always been this guardian angel in my life, fixing everything for me. Even though I have an elder sister, I would always look up to Shraddha to solve my problems.
Did anything change after Shraddha became an actor, considering her busy schedule?
Eshanka: In my head, I can’t believe that she is an actor. When we go on holiday and people call out for pictures, I keep on shouting saying ‘what is this?’ Recently, we were in Italy and at a place where we didn’t expect anybody to show up and ask for a photo. And there we saw a battalion of sardaars and I just cracked up.
Shraddha: See, she’s the one who laughs about it all the time. We were in our swimwear by the pool at a private area, hanging out and chilling and when I heard my name being called out, Saha burst out laughing saying, ‘you thought that you won’t be found.’
Share one funny anecdote you remember from your childhood.
Shraddha: When we were growing up, we used to tell each other ‘oh I wish I find a guy like you’ because we had sensed that there’s no other company better than having each other.
Eshanka: Yeah and I’ve married this guy very recently and his sun-sign, moon sign and ascendant are all Shraddha’s. When I met him and we fell in love, I called her up and told her that I have found a guy version of you.
Has there ever been a sense of insecurity with someone else invading your space?
Eshanka: This bond is too secure, like ‘fevicol ka jod’. There are times when we haven’t met for a year or not spoken for months, but I never felt like she’s not there.
Shraddha: She’s not just somebody who I’ve gone to school with but I’ve literally been in diapers with her. We are inseparable to the point that even our parents wonder how such a strong bond has happened.
What’s that one thing you dislike about each other?
Shraddha: I dislike the fact that she is sometimes so far away from me. Earlier she used to live in Delhi and now she’s in Dubai, so we have to properly plan a holiday to meet and spend quality time.
Eshanka: We totally disagree on each other’s dressing sense. I know she’s an actor but she has this very exclusively eccentric style of dressing and I’d be like ‘dude, you are an actor, a celebrity, you can’t dress casually.’ She would probably hate this about me that I am brutally honest with her.