Abhishek Bachchan pens a heartwarming message for niece Navya on her birthday

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The Guru star who is said to be close to his niece Navya and nephew Agastya, took to Instagram to share his wishes

Amitabh Bachchan's granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda is already somewhat of a star and has caught the fancy of many, thanks to a huge social media following. And as she turned 19 on December 6, Nanda was showered by wishes from hordes of her fans.

But there wass one special wish from a special family member that caught everybody's attention. It was from mamu Abhishek Bachchan.

The Guru star who is said to be close to his niece Navya and nephew Agastya, took to Instagram to share his wishes.

Abhishek's wish for his niece

He shared an old picture from the archives where he is seen holding a younger Navya's hand as they both walk a red carpet. Along with the picture Bachchan shared his love and blessing through a few simple words and called Navya "world's best niece."

He wrote: "From singing you to sleep, to escorting you down the red carpet, to helping you move into your college dorm. I have done it all with immense pride, because of you and the person that you are. Happy Birthday Navya. Mamu loves you very much. #worldsbestniece."

With this sweet message, Abhishek proved his closeness to his niece. But it isn't the first time, he has written such a heartwarming message for her. Last year too he wrote a touching message with a picture of the then 18-year-old Navya.

At the time he wrote: "I remember cradling you in my arms as a baby. And today you've grown into a graceful, loving, caring and beautiful lady. Happy Birthday my Navya. I love you and I'm very proud to be your Mamu. #bestneiceintheworld."

In fact, in an interview once Abhishek even mentioned that he loves his niece and nephew and they are almost like his own kids.

"They are almost like my own kids. I was 21 when my sister (Shweta Nanda) had Navya Naveli and it was overwhelming," he told Hindustan Times.

But mamu Abhishek is not the only doting member of the Bachchan family.

Navya is surrounded by those who are extremely protective of her (read her mum Shweta Bachchan Nanda) and truly believe in her 'many talents' (read nanu Amitabh Bachchan).

Continue reading to see why Shweta Bachchan Nanda was upset about her daughter being scrutinised!

Shweta Bachchan Nanda protects her daughter

Although Navya Naveli is not a celebrity as such, she is quite a popular name and face in the social media circles. Many compare her beauty and photo tricks to that of Kylie Jenner.

But she is still a young teenager who was raised away from the spotlight, only to be dragged into it by the media, or so thinks her mum Shweta Bachchan Nanda.

The concerned mother, who recently penned a column titled 'A Mother's Request' for DNA, lashed out at the media for objectifying her daughter and invading her privacy.

In her column she writes: “You do not know my daughter, the websites that post her pictures with captions like ‘Navya Nanda HOT pics’ or ‘Navya Nanda parties with friends, WILD’! certainly do not know her either. Nor, might I add, do they have her permission to post her private pictures. She is not a public figure. Yes, she is related to some very famous people, but that is something completely out of her control.”

She also wrote that her teenage daughter’s behaviour is normal and should be looked at as is, just like it should for every other Indian teenager.

“She is a teenager, and as most young teens want to do, she likes to dress up, hang out with her friends, pose for pictures and yes, go out to parties (she has a deadline and is always home well before it is over). If she finds herself on a beach, she will wear beach-appropriate attire — namely, a swimsuit — as would any young girl anywhere. If there is music, she will dance much like her peers would. She will pout, she will preen, she will hang out with boys — the last time I checked, absolutely normal teenage behaviour!” writes Nanda.

Her column was an indication that the Bachchan family were not willing to let their daughter's life be scrutinised by the media.

In fact, they are known to let their daughters make their own life decisions. A recent example was the heartwarming letter by Amitabh Bachchan to his granddaughters.

In his letter addressed to his granddaughters Navya and Aaradhya, Amitabh encouraged to carve their own niche and follow their own hearts.

Among the many inspirational sentences, he wrote:

They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go.

Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgment. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.

Don’t let anyone make you believe that the length of your skirt is a measure of your character.

Don’t let anyone’s opinion of who you should be friends with, dictate who you will be friends with.

Don’t get married for any other reason other than you want to get married.

People will talk. They shall say some terrible things. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone. Never ever worry about – लोग क्या कहेंगे!

His letter received an overwhelming response and even Navya reacted to it admitting to following her grandfather's advice. Bachchan's letter and mamu Abhishek's sweet message is also a reminder of why we must not shy away from expressing our love, admiration and pride towards our daughters.

Why we must show our love to our daughters

  • Helps them become more confident: When girls know that their family members are proud of them and express it openly, it helps them become more confidence. They move on in their lives with the thought that no matter what, there are people who will always support them.
  • Helps them become great leaders: Girls who come from supportive families that encourage leadership qualities without calling her 'bossy' can become great leaders themselves. A encouraging atmosphere at home helps girls to explore their talents and excel at them.
  • Helps them form stronger relationships: A strong family that supports their daughter, makes her more loving and dependable. This way she is able to form stronger relationships, whether it is with her friends, peers or her marital relationship.

Read: 5 tips for fathers to raise confident and successful daughters 

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj