Elli Avram: I am not an out­sider

Elli feels that film­mak­ers are bi­ased to­wards new ac­tors from out­side In­dia

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Ac­tor Elli Avram (right) might still be try­ing to find her feet in Bol­ly­wood, but she doesn’t like be­ing re­ferred to as an out­sider. The 26-year-old ac­tor, who has worked in films such as Mickey Virus (2013), Kis Kisko Pyaar Ka­roon (2015) and Naam Sha­bana (2017), says, “I’m very much a part of the in­dus­try. When you work in Bol­ly­wood, you au­to­mat­i­cally be­come a part of it.”

The Swedish-Greek ac­tor be­came pop­u­lar af­ter her stint on the re­al­ity show Bigg Boss 7 (2013), in which her in­no­cence won her many fans. How­ever, mak­ing a mark in Bol­ly­wood still seems to be a long jour­ney for her. Ask her why she isn’t get­ting enough of­fers, and the 26-year-old ac­tor says, of­ten, film­mak­ers aren’t keen to cast new ac­tors from out­side In­dia. “It is easy to have a per­cep­tion but I feel that film­mak­ers should give a chance to the as­pir­ing ac­tors. Af­ter the au­di­tion, if they feel that one can’t play the role, they are more than wel­come to re­ject them,” says Elli.

The ac­tor says that a lot of peo­ple in the in­dus­try don’t even know that she can speak Hindi flu­ently. “I’m com­fort­able with the lan­guage. For all my script nar­ra­tions, I get it done in Hindi, for it gives me more clar­ity. If you nar­rate any­thing to me in English and I have to play the char­ac­ter in Hindi, it makes no sense,” adds the ac­tor.

Elli shares that di­rec­tors im­pressed with her di­alect of­ten en­quire, ‘Hindi aati hai?’ “I keep look­ing at their faces be­cause I don’t [un­der­stand] why they have this per­cep­tion. I re­spond to them in Hindi and they get shocked. And, for this lan­guage bar­rier, you can’t de­prive me of a chance to au­di­tion for a hard­core In­dian role,” says Elli, ad­mit­ting that this at­ti­tude does get ir­ri­tat­ing, at times.

It is easy to have a per­cep­tion but I feel that film­mak­ers should give a chance to as­pir­ing ac­tors ELLI AVRAM, AC­TOR

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