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Phone etiquette varies among Bollywood stars

Nita Naidoo, Bollywood File columnist. (SUBMITTED)

By Nita Naidoo, 24 hours Vancouver

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai's phone etiquette leaves something to be desired. (WENN.COM)

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai's phone etiquette leaves something to be desired. (WENN.COM)


The smartphone has made it possible to connect wherever and whenever it’s necessary. Of course, the new communication boon is accompanied by its own rules and protocols: be pleasant but brief, put down the Candy Crush during conversations and answer your messages in a timely fashion.

It seems like common sense, but some of Bollywood’s big-gest stars just don’t seem to get the message (pun in-tended).

According to the Times of India, Aishwarya Rai is no Miss Congeniality when it comes to phone manners. She never returns her calls, even if it’s a birthday wish. On the other hand, her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, has impeccable phone etiquette, waiting no more than a day to answer messages.

If Shah Rukh Khan has missed your call, don’t hold your breath as King Khan’s got a busy schedule. However, Mr. Nice Guy lives up to his persona and probably will get back to you with a personalized message, even if it’s a couple weeks late.

Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone are well known for their wonderful phone manners. Kaif always responds to her messages in a timely fashion, even if she’s overseas. Padukone loves to text and will at least send a smiley to ac-knowledge the message has been received. Her new squeeze, Ranveer Singh, however, is quite likely to leave you hanging.

Husband-and-wife duo Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao never leave messages unanswered, and Karan Johar is pretty prompt, unless the conversation is controversial or uncomfortable.

Even though the idea of good phone manners may seem a tad old fashioned, there seems to be a payoff. There’s a definite correlation between good phone etiquette and positive PR for the well-mannered stars. It just goes to show that sometimes a little effort goes a long way.

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