Avika Gor who won hearts with her role as Anandi in Balika Vadhu is one of television industry's most popular actresses today. Avika, who is 21-years-old now was only 11 when she joined the cast of Balika Vadhu. Her claim to fame was playing the child bride, but she quit the show after it took a five-year leap in 2010 and Pratyusha Banerjee was brought in as grown up Anandi
Avika Gor hails from a Gujarati-speaking family and has finished her education in Mumbai. She has been modelling since an early age
Avika Gor excelled in her studies and has done a course in filmmaking. She is also fond of dancing and singing as well
After Balika Vadhu, the very next year Avika Gor joined the cast of the popular TV show 'Sasural Simar Ka'. Avika was barely 15 years old then, but she played an 18-year-old married woman in the show
Avika Gor won several awards for her role in 'Balika Vadhu' and gained fame internationally as well
Avika Gor had a small role in Shahid Kapoor starrer 'Paathshaala' in 2010
Avika Gor entered Telugu filmdom with Uyyala Jampala in 2013 and bagged the Best Debut Actress Award at the South Indian International Movie Awards
Avika Gor went on to act in several Telugu films after this which include, Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki, Cinema Choopistha Mava, Maanja and Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada. Avika also acted in the Kannada film Care of Footpath 2
Avika Gor was presented with the Face of the Year Award at an awards event in Vietnam. She is the first Indian actress to have received this accolade
Avika Gor has achieved success at an early age and has been part of several successful campaigns such as one against child marriage
Avika Gor has been romantically linked-up with her 'Sasural Simar Ka' co-star Manish Raisinghania since both have been spotted together on many occasions. But, both have maintained that they are just good friends
Apart from acting, Avika Gor enjoys going behind the camera. "This (directing short films) started because of Manish Raisinghania's and my fans. Back then in 'Sasural...', there were no romantic scenes between me and Manish. Fans wanted us to see us together. So, we wrote a five-minute script and put it on YouTube. People really liked it."
Avika Gor collaborated with Manish Raisinghania for a short film titled Ankahee Baatein. Talking about her collaboration, Avika told IANS, "Manish was always into photography. I was also learning with him. It was interesting then we thought to do something from the heart, and then we started making films. Now, our film is travelling to different parts of the world."
They launched the poster of their short movie "Ankahee Baatein" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner last year. But the news of the two dating kept popping up. Was she affected? "Absolutely not. I was 13 when all of this (dating rumours) started. He was 32. So there was no point of even thinking about stupid stuff like this. Whenever those articles came, we laughed it off."
Avika Gor is currently essaying the lead in 'Laado' which is the second season of the show 'Na Aana Is Des Laado' which ran from 2009 to 2012
Avika Gor, who plays a law student in 'Laado - Veerpur Ki Mardaani', is in favour of children watching cartoons as she finds them educative
It is interesting to note that Avika Gor's co-star Palak Jain, who plays Avika's younger sister in 'Laado - Veerpur Ki Mardaani' is older than her in real life. Palak is 24 while Avika is 20
Avika Gor likes to experiment with new looks especially her hair which she keeps styling
Avika Gor says she will fight social evils in the upcoming show 'Laado - Veerpur Ki Mardaani' instead of being their victim
Avika Gor also featured on Vahbiz Dorabjee's chat show 'Showbiz with Vahbiz'
Avika Gor says there was a time when she wanted to focus on directing films and quit acting. She took a break for some time but not because she wasn't getting offers. "There were a few (shows that I turned down) because I was not ready to come back to TV. That was the biggest reason and not because the stories were bad. I had taken a break for a reason... to focus on filmmaking studies and making films. I was also travelling for festivals. I wanted to find out whether I wanted to act or not," Avika told IANS
Avika Gor has certainly come a long way! We wish the pretty lady a very happy birthday
It's Avika Gor's birthday today. The actress, who was popularly known as Anandi from 'Balika Vadhu', is now seen in a leading role in the TV series 'Laado: Veerpur Ki Mardani'. We take a look at her journey in the small screen world so far