Balika Vadhu is one of the most popular daily soap operas on Indian television that aired from 2008 to 2016. The show was based on rural Rajasthan and revolved around the life of a girl bride, chronicling her journey from childhood until adulthood. Avika Gor played the main role on the show.
Avika played the role of the child wife Anandi who struggles to cope with traditions. She is seen overcoming multiple personal struggles to emerge as an example for rural women in Rajasthan. Now the actress remembers the reaction of a fan, who told her that she was ashamed to see Balika Vadhu with her family.
Speaking to Indian Express, Avika Gor spoke about her association with Balika Vadhu, how the show had an impact on audiences. Gor said: “I remember I was in Delhi in 2010, and a man in his sixties came up to me and said, ‘Baccha humein maaf karna par hum aapka show apne parivar ke saath nahi dekh sakte. Humein sharam aati hai (Please forgive us, we can’t watch your show with our family because we feel embarrassed.) ‘ When I asked him why he said that… because his family practices the same. However, he promised me that it would not happen again. “
The 23-year-old actress further said: “I was so shocked that I didn’t know how to react, but her statement made me very proud. Television series have the sole responsibility of entertaining, but with that, if we manage to change a life, a family, it is an achievement. I also remember a journalist who told me that an eight-year-old girl in Calcutta was standing on her errand refusing to marry, saying ‘Anandi ne mana kiya hai’ (Anandi has banned child marriages). There is a reason the show is making a comeback, as this malpractice is still prevalent in society and we must make people see the ills in it. “
Now the channel has announced the reboot of the series with a new cast. Speaking of Balika Vadhu 2, Avika Gor said: “The way of telling the story and communicating is quite different. Also, the way the characters have been built, with a whole new family. This time around, the show is based in Gujarat and therefore the audience will encounter some culture clashes. Plus, it’s a whole new set of viewers. I’ve had people text me, who weren’t even born when the first season came out. And he had seen the excitement when the show had a rerun on Rishtey and even Colors, during the confinement. There are many reasons, and I hope that the new season also manages to have the same bond. I remember there was a clue where I was shot in the head and it was a Friday episode. The people of Nashik stopped eating and waited until Monday to see if Anandi survives. There was no social media back then, but the buzz has always been strong throughout the show. I think this time it would be easier for creators to build that attachment. “
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