Actress-turned-politician Smriti Irani is celebrating her 43rd birthday today, on March 23. While many people took to social media to wish the current Textiles Minister in the government of India, a special wish just stood out. Producer Ekta Kapoor posted a lovely birthday wish for Smriti on behalf of her newborn son Ravie Kapoor. The TV czarina posted a beautiful picture of herself and Smriti posing with her baby and wrote how much she means to them.

Ekta called Smriti her ‘soul sister’ and wrote, “To my soul sister! Ur one of d loveliest ppl I know ! Although I know nothing about politics I know one thing …u stand up for wats right n fight for anyone who is marginalised by society! Also I love ur wicked sense of humour!!! 😉 maasi happie bday we wait for u in bby after ur hectic months of elections n campaigning!! Lots of love duaaas n wishes from ravioli n me” (sic)

Their friendship dates back to when Ekta launched Smriti in one of the Hindi television’s most successful shows – Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The actress played the lead character of Tulsi Virani on the show and immediately became a household name. Her popularity among the locals in the country made her one of the most celebrated Indian politicians today. Smriti quit acting and dedicated herself totally to the world of politics after the show went off the air. However, her bond with Ekta never faded away. From her house parties to various public events, Smriti makes sure she shows her support to her friend wherever possible. When Ekta began her battle with the Censor Board over the clearing issue of her film Lipstick Under My Burkha, Smriti stood tall with her.

We wish her a very happy birthday! Oh, and if you miss getting a glimpse of little Ravie Kapoor in the picture posted, please scroll up!