Avantika Vandanapu: The face of Indian representation in Hollywood movies

Avantika Vandanapu appreciates the work that actors of colour have done in the west. According to her, that has created an opportunity for actors like her.

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The 16-year-old, Indian-American actor, Avantika Vandanapu, has made her way into Hollywood as a lead actress. Vandanapu is the lead actor in Disney's first Indian-American movie, Spin. The movie also starred Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara fame actor Abhay Deol. Directed by Manjari Makinjay, the film was released on Disney+ Hotstar on 13 August.

Talking about the representation of Indians in Hollywood, reportedly, Vandanapu said that the Indians have lacked representation for a long time, and with series like Never Have I Ever and the movie Spin, she is glad to see Indians on the screen. 

Avantika Vandanapu appreciates the work that actors of colour have done in the west. According to her, that has created an opportunity for actors like her. When she expressed her desire of acting, her parents allowed her to pursue the career of her choice after completing her education. Vandanapu joined the industry by learning various dance forms like Kathak, Ballet, and Kuchipudi. She even secured second place in Dance India Dance Lil Masters, North American Edition in 2014.

After that, she started auditioning for Hollywood and Tollywood movies at the age of 12. She bagged the role for Spin then, but for some reason, the film went on hold, and then again, she got a call for the same after some years. Vandanapu worked in her first Telugu movie, Brahmotsavam, in 2015 and, then she worked as a child artist in 2016's Manamanthan and Premam.

After her Hollywood experience, she feels that the industry is moving forward and, the attitude on the set is democratic. She further added that the work culture has evolved in both Hollywood and Bollywood for the better over the years.