Television star Avika Gor sets sight on Bollywood

Mumbai: Avika Gor, the child bride of tele-soap `Balika Vadhu` wants to make it big in the glamour world and has her eyes set on the Miss Universe title besides becoming a successful Bollywood actress.

"For achieving my dream, I have to be mentally and physically fit. I am already on the job... to become mentally fit.. I study hard and exercise well to remain physically
fit," the 13-year-old told reporters.

She says she took the end of her role in `Balika Vadhu` in her stride and was waiting for the right project to come her way. "The generation leap had to happen. The producers of Balika Vadhu wanted a girl of more than 16 years old and I am
only 13," Avika said.

But, the youngster said she is happy about her new role as the younger sister of the protagonist in `Sasural Simar Ka` a new light hearted show on Colors.

"The channel programming head Ashwini Yardi told me that this was the best show to make a comeback on television after Balika Vadhu," she added.

Avika said playing the protagonist in Balika Vadhu and the protagonist`s younger sister in `Sasural Simar Ka` makes no difference to her.

"I have no qualms on this issue since I have the same footage as the protagonist. The role is also interesting because I am shown as a TV buff and always enacts various characters from different soaps including those of Balika
Vadhu," she said.

The teen TV star said `Sasural Simar Ka` had lot of twists and turns which bring tears of joy and happiness to the viewers. "If Balika Vadhu was set in a Rajasthan village,
Simar comes from a big happy family in Vrindavan. "Our father is a very strict person," Avika said.

The young actress also said she was an `A grade` student and loves all subjects from languages to science and maths. "I am yet to decide what to chose for college studies. Even though I want to become a beauty queen and actress, I will
complete my education first," she said.

When asked how she handled the success and fame as a child actor, Avika said it was upto the individual. "I am enjoying a normal childhood and I am doing everything what children of my age do. I go to school, study, play. Acting is
my hobby which I pursue after school and when I have a day off from shooting, I play and watch television," she added.

Avika said she was in touch with her Balika Vadhu co-stars. "The Sasural Simar Ka set is very close to that of Balika Vadhu and I went over and met everybody," she said.


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