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Meet new Anandi today

An older Anandi is all set to enter Balika Vadhu tonight after the show takes a five-year leap. But who will be the new Anandi? Will it be Pratyusha Bannerjee or Nivedita Tiwari? Read on for more...

tv Updated: Jul 22, 2010 13:19 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

As you read this, the new Anandi will be readying to enter Balika Vadhu, which takes a five-year leap starting tonight. The show, that turned two years old yesterday, will show the child bride and groom, Anandi and Jagya, played by Avika Gor and Avinash Mukherjee, as mature 18-year-olds.

Search is on to cast the new Jagya. Buzz is that the new Anandi will be either Pratyusha Bannerjee or Nivedita. Both have received the maximum votes from viewers. The channel is reportedly considering Ketaki Chitale, the third contestant short-listed to play Anandi, to play her widow friend Phooli now.

Avika GorPratyusha Bannerjee

I’m from Jamshedpur and I’m still pursuing my education. So far, I’ve followed the show as closely as I could. If I step into Anandi’s shoes, my parents, my family and my grandma will be extremely happy, because they adore the little Anandi played by Avika. I’m amazed at Avika’s acting prowess and the way she personified the character.

Nivedita Tiwari
I did college in Delhi. My family comprises my parents, both academicians, and my brother who is training to be an air force pilot. My family feels that this show signifies an initiative for social enlightenment. It sparked off change through an entertainment medium. I’ve watched the show only when I’ve found time from studies.

Ketaki Chitale
I didn’t even intend to become an actress. I accompanied my friend who was actually going to audition for the role. She didn’t get a call from the production house, but I did, because they had pushed me to also audition for the part. I felt bad for my friend but I’m mighty excited to know what happens next on the show.

First Published: Jul 22, 2010 12:45 IST