Union Minister Smriti Irani’s Instagram posts tell us that she knows when to take a break and rejuvenate by connecting with her friends and fans.

Rooting for friends

For instance, today she took to Instagram to wish her dear friend Ekta Kapoor on her birthday. She posted an adorable picture of her BFF Ekta Kapoor with Tusshar Kapoor’s son Laksshya Kapoor. She also praised her for being a huge support in her life.

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You brighten our lives with your smile, you strengthen our resolve with your support no matter what battles lie ahead, your belief that time will heal all wounds and do justice helped me sail through many turbulent phases, your conversations with God … there are many ways for us in the Irani family to describe you but words won’t be enough 🙏Happy Birthday @ektaravikapoor rockstar Maasi , anchor , friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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She posted the picture with the caption, “You brighten our lives with your smile, you strengthen our resolve with your support no matter what battles lie ahead, your belief that time will heal all wounds and do justice helped me sail through many turbulent phases, your conversations with God. there are many ways for us in the Irani family to describe you but words won’t be enough. Happy Birthday @ektaravikapoor rockstar Maasi. anchor, friend.”

Smriti also said that Ekta helped her in the most turbulent times of her life and added that even her family is a fan of the producer-turned-filmmaker.

Her funny side

Yesterday, in a bid to tickle her fans’ funny bone she took a dig at her own weight when she shared a “throwback” post on Instagram. In it, she can be seen sitting with BJP MP Darshana Jardosh, sharing a candid moment.

She made use of a popular Hindi song lyric as her caption, Irani wrote, “Kya se kya ho gaye dekhte dekhte,” meaning “look what we have become over time”. To further clarify that post was indeed a dig on her weight, the minister wrote, “When #thoughtfulthursday ‘weighs’ on you.”

Response to her posts

The post which was shared on Thursday morning has garnered close to 60,000 likes. Netizens loved Irani’s humour. Here are some of the reactions:

One user wrote, “You are amazing!! Your ability to laugh at yourself is truly special and makes me admire you even more.”

Another commented, “Let’s just put it this way – You have evolved Ma’am, internally and externally…”

Bollywood actress Gul Panag commented, “Self-deprecation at its humorous best”. Another fan, Radio City RJ Archana Pania, wrote, “Your sense of humour on yourself is sooooo endearing! But u look gorgeous no matter what body weight! Those eyes aglow & that face PERFECT!”

This is not for the first time that Irani is using her Insta handle to share witty memes and jokes, often at her own expense. Earlier, Irani had shared a throwback GIF from the popular television show Kyunki… Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The comical caption read, “#When the doctor says you need to lose weight #tuesdaytroubles.”

The 43-year-old is the youngest minister in PM Narendra Modi led government. She won the Amethi parliamentary seat against Congress President Rahul Gandhi. She is now the Minister for Women and Child Development. The Amethi MP has also been assigned the charge of Textiles ministry, a portfolio she held during the first term of the NDA government.

Politicians usually stay neck deep in work but it is interesting to see this side of theirs on social media platforms.

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