Television actor Avika Gor shot to instant fame when she played a child bride in daily soap Balika Vadhu. She went on to do films down south and tasted success there, too. She says working in Telugu films has helped her understand the language and she doesn’t need a translator to understand her scripts anymore.
The 22-year-old has been acting in Telugu and Kannada films since 2013. Asked about how she copes with a film industry where the language is so different from Hindi, Avika says, “I’ve been doing Telugu films for quite some time now, and that’s why I have started understanding the language. Now I get dialogues and narration in Telugu and I understand the language quite well. I don’t need a translator now.”
Starting her career in 2008, she has appeared in shows such Sasural Simar Ka, Laado: Veerpur Ki Mardani and reality shows such as Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Khatron Ke Khiladi. Her prominent Telugu films include Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki (2014), Cinema Choopistha Mava (2015), Maanja (2015), and Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada (2016).
On why she is not appearing in any new reality shows, Avika shares, “Since I’m a youngster and fortunately have a strong fan-following, I want to be part of a story that entertains as well as offers a social message, like Balika Vadhu and Laado …. It’s the best way to engage people and create awareness.”
However, she does not want to stay away from her fans who love to see her on the small screen. That, she says, is a reason she keeps returning to an on-going game show on TV. “It’s a fun show and it features many of my favourite people, including Bharti (Singh), Harsh (Limbachiyaa), Aditya (Narayan) and Gaurav (Dubey). I feel participating in such game shows lets me stay in touch with my TV audience,” she says about the game show.
Playing Anandi in Balika Vadhu as a child has had a ‘larger-than-life’ impact on her. “People still identify me with that show and the character, so I’ve to choose my next TV assignment very wisely and not just for the sake of visibility,” concludes Avika.