Indian-American actress, Avantika Vandanapu started her career as a child artiste in the South Indian film industry. She stepped into the world of glitz and glamour with the 2016 Telegu film, Brahmotsavam alongside Mahesh Babu. Avantika has then worked in other regional films, such as Manamantha, Premam, Rarandoi Veduka Chudham, Balakrishnudu, and many more. However, her recent role in the Hollywood film, Mean Girls, which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, increased her popularity amongst the masses by manifolds.
Avantika Vandanapu shares her experience working with Mahesh Babu
Recently, Avantika did an interview with 123 Telegu and shared minute details pertaining to her professional life. When asked about her experience working with the South Indian superstar, Mahesh Babu, the 19-year-old said it was a dream come true to work with the actor. Avantika further revealed that working in India as a child artiste allowed her to become more comfortable in the entertainment industry. She said:
“My first movie was Brahmotsavam with Mahesh Babu. I grew up admiring him in films, and to have my first opportunity in Tollywood with him was nothing short of a dream come true. Working as a child artiste in India, especially in my mother tongue, allowed me to become comfortable with the idea of an entertainment career as a child.”
Avantika Vandanapu names South Indian and Bollywood directors she would want to work with
Further into the interview, Avantika was questioned to name a few South and Bollywood directors she would want to work with in the future. The 19-year-old mentioned the names of the acclaimed directors, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and S.S. Rajamouli, among others, and added that they have a great art of presenting women in their films. Avantika said:
“I would love to work with Rajamouli sir, Sanjay Leela Bhansali sir, Shekhar Kammula sir, and Vidhu Vinod Chopra sir. They have a great art of presenting the women in their films as powerful, graceful and artful. And I would like to be one!”
Avantika Vandanapu revealed how she bagged the role in Mean Girls
During the interview, the starlet also opened up about how she bagged the role of ‘Karen Shetty’ in the latest adaptation of Mean Girls. Avantika recalled the time when she auditioned for the project via a self-tape, and lost all hope after she did not get a call. However, Avantika received a call from Paramount Pictures for confirmation of her role while she was shooting for her other project. She said:
“I initially auditioned for the project via self-tape. I was cautiously hopeful as I really did not think I was going to book the part. And honestly, after not hearing back for 3 months, I lost hope completely. But when I was on set filming for my upcoming film TAROT in Serbia, I received a call that Paramount would like to offer me the part of Karen. It all happened so fast that it didn’t feel it was real until the moment I showed up to set.”
Avantika Vandanapu’s professional front
Avantika’s film, Mean Girls, which has already been released in the USA, is soon going to be released in India. Moreover, she is also part of an upcoming Bollywood Amazon Prime show, BGDC, which will be released on March 8, 2024. Avantika is also part of the stellar cast of an upcoming American supernatural horror film, Tarot, which will be released in the theatres on May 10, 2024.
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