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Agastya Nanda calls sister Navya Naveli ‘watered-down’ version of grandmother Jaya Bachchan and mother Shweta Bachchan Nanda

The Archies actor was speaking on his sister’s podcast What the Hell Navya alongside regular guests Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda

Agnivo Niyogi Calcutta Published 23.02.24, 02:07 PM
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Agastya Nanda calls her sister Navya Naveli Nanda a “watered-down version” of their grandmother Jaya Bachchan and mother Shweta Bachchan Nanda, both of whom were present alongside him during a freewheeling chat on the What the Hell Navya podcast.

Reflecting on how he was brought up within the Nanda and Bachchan households, Agastya said, “I grew up in a family of opinionated women…You all are watered-down versions of each other. Nani (Jaya Bachchan) is there, then mom, and then you (Navya). But I know that you all are the same person.”

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Joining Navya’s popular podcast, Agastya was candid about turning to religion and spirituality to battle anxiety during the release of his Bollywood debut The Archies, the latest Zoya Akhtar film that also marks the debut of Suhana Khan and Khushi Kapoor.

“I became very religious and spiritual. It just gives you something to believe in that's beyond your control,” he said, adding, “I did my best, and I was like, 'God, I leave it up to you.' If you just pass on that burden, it relieves you”

Agastya, who is Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson, also talked at length about how he always tries to embrace both masculine and feminine aspects of his personality. The young actor drew a gasp of admiration from her mum when he said he would pay on a date or hold the door for a woman out of good manners and not to assert his masculinity. “Agastya, I didn’t realise you were so wise,” Shweta immediately reacted.

Agastya’s next venture is Sriram Raghavan’s Ikkis, where he will be sharing the screen with Dharmendra. The film is a biopic based on the life of Arun Khetarpal, the youngest recipient of the Param Vir Chakra.

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