INDIA: Navya Naveli Nanda, the granddaughter of Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, shared the screen with him in a news show where they both openly talked about sexual and reproductive health. The new age Navya Nanda talked about the often ignored topic of women’s health which is the ‘menstruation cycle. Nanda is also a mental health advocate, born and raised in a family where she found the freedom to talk about such taboo topics.
The daughter of Shweta Bachchan called it a “sign of progress” as she discussed menstruation on a public forum in the presence of her grandfather. The strong-headed Navya attended the telethon and discussed women’s health, whereas various actors like Dia Mirza and Rashmika Mandanna have been a part of the show.
Nanda calls menstruation ”a sign of recreation” to which Amitabh Bachchan agreed and said, “It’s a sign of life, as he mentioned. That is not something we should be ashamed of or avoid. Menstruation has long been considered taboo, but there has been progress. Today, I’m on stage with my grandfather, talking about periods, which is a sign of progress. The fact that we are sitting on a platform today, with many people watching us, and having an open conversation about menstruation shows that we have progressed as a country, not just as women.”
Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya, the co-founder of Aara Health, an online healthcare portal for women, said, “It’s great that not only women but also men have joined in this mission of making menstruation a destigmatised conversation. More importantly, at home, because change always starts at home. Before going out in public and discussing their bodies, women should feel comfortable and safe in their own homes. I was fortunate to grow up in a household where I felt comfortable having these discussions.”
The confident Bachchan offspring alongside started a campaign called Project Naveli, through which she aims to ‘fight’ gender inequality.