Avika Gor

The lead artiste of the popular TV serial Balika Vadhu on her newfound stardom
How did Balika Vadhu come to you?

I’m eleven now. I’ve been acting in television serials since I was ten. Someone took my clipping and showed it to the Balika Vadhu people and they called me for an audition. That’s how it happened.

Is your character difficult to play?

No. Even the language is close to my mother tongue Gujarati so I pick it up easily.

Are you like Anandi in real life?

Yes, I am exactly like Anandi, there’s only one difference between the two of us. Anandi is married while I am not!

Who helps you with your acting?

Mum accompanies me to the sets but daddy teaches me how to deliver my dialogues and pronounce words correctly.

Who’s your favourite character in Balika Vadhu?

I like them all because I learn from them. Sadia Siddique plays my teacher and I really learn from her. And from my own character Anandi from whom I learn to speak pitter-patter.

How does it feel to kill every other TV serial?

That isn’t true. People do have other favourite serials, apart from mine.

Do you enjoy being a celebrity?

I just love it. I enjoy it so much that I don’t get tired of it.

You’ve signed films too we hear?

Yes, Pathshala and Morning Walk. I have a very small role in both. Pathshala has Ayesha Takia and Shahid Kapur and Nana Patekar. It is made by Ahmad Khan. That shoot is over. Morning Walk is yet to start.

Apart from action, what else do you enjoy?

I love to dance. I’ve been training to be a dancer since the age of four.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Of course, Miss Universe and I’ll continue acting after that!

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