Elli Avram: Filmmakers are not keen on casting new actors from outside India
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Elli Avram: Filmmakers are not keen on casting new actors from outside India

Actor Elli Avram says that itโ€™s unfair on part of filmmakers to not let a newcomer audition for a role due to his or her origin and mother tongue.

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2017 11:03 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Elli Avram shot to fame when she first participated in reality show Bigg Boss season 7 (2013).(Hindustan Times/)

Actor Elli Avram might still be finding her feet in Bollywood, but she doesn’t like being referred to as an outsider. The 26-year-old actor, who has worked in films such as Mickey Virus (2013), Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015) and Naam Shabana (2017), says, “I guess, I’m very much a part of the industry. When you get work in Bollywood, you automatically become a part of it.”

The Swedish-Greek actor got popular after she took part in the reality show Bigg Boss 7 (2013) as a contestant, and her innocence won her many fans. However, making a mark in Bollywood still seems to be a long journey for her.

Asked why she hasn’t been getting enough offers, the 26-year-old actor says that she has often noticed that Bollywood filmmakers are not too keen on casting new actors from outside India. “It is easy to have a perception of people but I feel that filmmakers should give the actor a chance to audition for a role, and after that, if they feel that one can’t play the character, they are more than welcome to reject them,” says Elli. She adds that a lot of people in the industry don’t even know that she speaks Hindi fluently.

“I’m very comfortable with the language and understand it very well. Rather, for all my script narrations, I get it done in Hindi only because it gives more clarity. If you narrate anything to me in English and I have to play the character in Hindi, it makes no sense,” adds the actor, who has shared screen space with actors Maniesh Paul, Kapil Sharma and Akshay Kumar.

Elli shares that directors impressed with her dialect often enquire, ‘Hindi aati hai?’ “And I keep looking at their faces because I don’t [understand] why they have this perception, especially when I have been here for so long. I usually respond to them in Hindi and they get shocked,” says Elli, admitting that it does get irritating.

“Because of this language barrier, you can’t deprive me of a chance to audition for a hardcore Indian role. Obviously, it is not that I have to always play the real Elli Avram [with accent]. I can easily get into a different character. That’s something I feel should change and every actor should get the opportunity they deserve,” states Elli.

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First Published: May 19, 2017 18:01 IST