Avantika Vandanapu, an 18-year-old talent from a Hyderabadi Telugu family in San Francisco, started her artistic journey in Telugu films like Brahmotsavam, Premam, and Agnyathavasi. Trained in Kuchipudi and Bharata Natyam, she gained recognition by winning the second prize in Dance India Dance Little Stars on Zee Telugu North America.
Her memorable Fortune Oil ad, featuring the famous line ‘Light Ga Ne Untundi,’ remains in people’s memories. Avantika’s recent transformation has become a hot topic on social media. Her Hollywood ventures include Disney Studios’ Senior Year in 2022 and the recently released Mean Girls in 2024, where she portrayed Karen Shetty.
The buzz surrounding her remarkable journey and evolution has left netizens and Telugu movie enthusiasts astonished. Many express their surprise, recalling her early roles with Mahesh Babu and the Fortune Oil ad. Avantika’s transition from Telugu cinema to Hollywood has captured widespread attention, with fans hoping for continued success in her career. The global Telugu community takes pride in her achievements, anticipating more accolades for this young artist.