Avika Gor became a household name as a child artist with her role in Balika Vadhu. Post that, the actress went on to do more work on TV, and a while ago, she decided to transition to films. This month, Avika Gor is getting her big Bollywood break with 1920 Horrors Of The Heart. Before this, she did many South projects as well, and the actress has a hot take on nepotism in that industry.
Avika Gor on nepotism in South
Avika has been a part of several projects down South including the Telugu and Kannada cinema. During a recent interview with Siddharth Kanan, the actress opened up on seeing the effect of nepotism there. She said, “See when it comes to star power, South is all about star power. When it comes about nepotism, the word that we all are tired of hearing… South is all about nepotism. So cheezein bilkul wahi he (Things are just the same)… its just that audiences are not choosing to see it there the way they are seeing it here.”
Avika on bias against Bollywood
She went on to say that it’s because of a pre-conceieved notion that Bollywood is targeted for nepotism. Avika shared, “Woh ek bias create ho chuka hai for Hindi films, Bollywood films ki ye jo bhi banayenge hum pehle judge karenge… ye ek bias create ho chuka hai over the time and I think, and as someone who is a part of the industry, we also understand ki kaafi time woh phase chala jaha pe ki South ki remakes bani bahut sari… so people thought ki hum bas copy karte hain… I think its just about that bias. (A bias has been created over time about Bollywood and Hindi films that we will judge whatever they make…a phase had come when a lot of South films were remade, so people thought we only copy films).”
Avika further called out the clear case of nepotism in South. She said, “Telugu industry mein ye (nepotism) toh ekdum saamne he. I mean how are people choosing to not see it? Logon ne thoda hype kar diya is sab ko…and with time I hope ki social media bhi relax ho jaaye and ye bhi relax ho jaaye (Telugu industry is full of nepotism… I think people have hyped it a lot. I hope with time social media will relax along with it.)”
The actress has previously worked alongside Shahid Kapoor in Paathshala, but that was as a child artist. 1920 Horrors Of The Heart marks the fifth film of the 1920 franchise and the big mainstream Bollywood debut for Avika Gor. Vikram Bhatt’s daughter Krishna Bhatt has directed the film. It will release theatrically on June 23, 2023.