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Big B gifts gold bangles to MP woman on KBC

Divya Raje Bhonsale, Hindustan Times  Indore/Panna, August 16, 2014
First Published: 23:00 IST(16/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:34 IST(17/8/2014)

A mother's grit and determination has not only won her gold bangles but also the euphoria of daughter being christened by none other than Bollywood's Shahenshah — Amitabh Bachchan.

So what bowled over the Big B? The story of Khushboo Singh who will be featuring on the Monday's episode of the popular television realty game show — Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) — goes back to 2012, when she first cleared the telephonic round of TV show.

However, the social worker from Ajaigarh village in Panna district could not make it to the auditions scheduled for July 3, 2012, as Singh was blessed with a daughter on July 1. Singh, however, has no regrets.

"That was the happiest day of my life when I was blessed with a girl child. Due to health issues, I did not go for auditions but I didn't have any regrets," recalls Singh, who is involved in spearing awareness for the girl child in the remote pocket in the district.

Ironically, her happiness was short-lived as relatives and neighbours stated blaming her daughter for missing the "hot seat". But social anathema did not break Singh.

"They used to say that because my daughter was born, I missed out my chance of getting into KBC," said Singh, who has had the support of her husband, Mahendra, a teacher and his family.

Singh decided to contest for KBC again to prove it to the world that her daughter was no taboo. Not only did she make it to the hot seat, she also won Rs. 640, 000 as prize money.

"When they all criticised my daughter for it, I decided not to name her until I make it to KBC again," said Singh.

"Today, I feel she is the luckiest girl in this world to have been named by a legend like Amitabh Bachchan."

So, how did the actor name her daughter?

"When I got selected to play the game with him, I narrated him my story. He was moved. I then told him that I haven't named my daughter yet and I want only him to do it," said Singh, who's taken it upon herself to change the Indian mindset about the girl child.

"He agreed at once and named my daughter 'Naveli'."

"Bachchanji told me that he wanted to keep his granddaughter's (Shweta's daughter - Navya) name as 'Navya Naveli' but kept it only as Navya."

"And after discussing it with his family, he kept my daughter's name Naveli. He also gave her two gold bangles as blessings from the Bachchan family," said the over-whelmed mother.


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