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By TT Bureau
  • Published 6.07.10
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Name: Pratyusha Banerjee

Hails from: Jamshedpur.

Background: She is 19 years old and hails from the small town of Jamshedpur. She comes from a typical Bengali family and is a trained classical dancer.

How did you get selected?

I am not yet selected. I am one of the three who has been shortlisted. Sometime back, I sent my profile to the production house. Then after a few months I got a call for auditions and they liked me and shortlisted me to play this coveted role.

Avika Gor is very close to people’s hearts, do you think you can claim the same popularity?

Yes, Avika definitely popularised the character of young Anandi and is very close to people’s hearts. Avika is a brilliant actress and she essayed Anandi’s role beautifully. However, it was the superbly written character of Anandi that allowed Avika to give her best. Anandi, the character is now growing up, there’s a metamorphosis in the way she looks at life now. I am sure it will be exciting for the viewers to watch how a young chirpy girl matures into a poised young woman and if given an opportunity I will surely give my best.

What makes you the perfect Balika Vadhu?

When I came to Mumbai for auditions and wore that typical ‘Anandi attire’, my parents actually didn’t recognise me and complimented me, saying that only I can be the ‘new Anandi’. I did not face any problems while delivering the dialogues and was at ease and could completely relate to the character. I think I will be able to take up this big responsibility.

 

Name: Nivedita Tiwari

Hails from: Faizabad, near Lucknow

Background: She is in her early 20s. Her parents are principals of two popular schools in Faizabad. She has a younger brother who has joined the air force. She studied in Delhi University and is a graduate in English literature.

How did you get shortlisted?

I went for auditions but was not aware what role or character I was playing. Then I got a call that I was shortlisted for the role of Anandi of Balika Vadhu.

Avika Gor is very close to people’s hearts, do you think you can claim the same popularity?

Anandi is somebody who is a perfect example of innocence and honesty. I am sure I will be able to do justice to this role and the viewers will be able to relate to me. Anandi has become a household name and the most loved character. It will be a privilege if I get an opportunity to play this role.

What makes you the perfect Balika Vadhu?

Anandi is somebody who is a perfect example of innocence and honesty. I am sure I will be able to do justice to this role and viewers will be able to relate to me. Being a small town girl, I have lived a very simple life. I am very adjusting, considering the kind of environment I come from.

Anandi too has managed to slowly adjust to her new environment, new family and manage new relationships. I do share the same brightness and intelligence. Though I have never acted for television I have been part of the dramatics society and that’s when the acting bug bit me. My dedication and hard work will definitely be noticed.

 

Name: Ketaki Chitale

Hails from: Mumbai

Background: Her father is a principal of an architectural college in Pune. Her mother is a teacher. She has an elder brother who is studying physics.

How did you get shortlisted?

I got a call from the production house that they are looking for a fresh face for the role. I went for auditions and got shortlisted to play the coveted role.

Avika Gor is very close to people’s hearts, do you think you can claim the same popularity?

Absolutely. Avika is loved by the viewers but I do not want to be compared. Though I have never acted before, I am a fast learner and with my hardwork and dedication I am confident I will do justice to the role of Anandi.

What makes you the perfect Balika Vadhu?

I am able to relate to the character of Anandi. I think I am as chirpy and bubbly as the character, I love to talk… just like Anandi I have a passion for reading and I am addicted to books. Sometimes I forget to eat and sleep till I finish the book I am reading. Just like Anandi, I can never lie; I am honest and lead a very simple lifestyle.