Avika Gor, last seen as the child bride in Balika Vadhu on Colors, and in a significant role in Young Jourknows on Sahara One, has started shooting for her fourth daily show, Sasuraal Simar Ka, which goes on air on Monday. When asked why she was working through her school vacations, Avika giggles and says, “I’m pursuing school under the CBSE board, where we don't have summer vacations so soon. My results were out and I started studying for the next class. I go to school every day before reporting on the sets. Sometimes, I finish my homework in between the shots.”
The 14-year-old played the protagonist in Balika Vadhu, but in her upcoming show, she plays the leading lady’s younger sister, Roli, which is almost playing a second lead. Why did she agree? “Ashvini aunty (Colors’ head of programming Ashvini Yardi) is really sweet. She assured me that this was the best show for me after Balika Vadhu. So far, people have seen me as a demure bahu. Now, they will see who Avika really is,” she reasons. “I love watching TV and Bollywood films. And honestly, this character just needed me to be myself. Isn’t that an easy one?”
The child actor is among the highest paid teenagers on the tube. However, she doesn’t keep tabs on her earnings. “My parents are with me all the time to look after everything I need.
I don't ask for pocket money because I have everything I want. It’s only after I pass school and college that I will have to manage my work myself, with some help from my parents,” says Avika. “I love acting and probably, I’ll turn this hobby into my career.” So, has she been in touch with her on-screen beend (husband) Jagya (Avinash Mukherjee)? “Of course,” she chirps.
“We’re good friends. We discuss lessons and at times, even work. But that’s okay. We can do that once in a while. After the show, we were pretty focused on our lessons. And I hope to continue doing that.”