Mean Girls star, Avantika Vandanapu bestowed with the South Asian Person of the year title and award by Harvard University

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Mumbai : Harvard University has proudly announced Avantika Vandanapu as the recipient of the prestigious “South Asian Person of the Year” award, recognizing her outstanding achievements and significant impact in both the international and Indian entertainment industry.

Avantika Vandanapu, a rising star who has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, was honored in a ceremony that highlighted her contributions to the arts and society. Her remarkable performance as one of the key leads in the new adaptation of “Mean Girls” and her acclaimed debut in the Indian OTT series “Big Girls Don’t Cry” have established her as a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment world.

Vandanapu’s ability to engage with both critical and popular audiences showcases her versatility and commitment to her craft.

Upon receiving the award, Vandanapu expressed her gratitude, “Receiving this honor from an institution as esteemed as Harvard University is incredibly humbling and beyond inspiring. This award is not just a recognition of my work, but it shines a light on the importance of storytelling that crosses borders and the vital role of Indian representation in global media. I’m deeply grateful for the support and love I’ve received from audiences, both in India and internationally. It motivates me to explore and portray stories that challenge stereotypes, celebrate diversity, and connect with people on a profound level. My journey has just begun, and this accolade fuels my passion to continue making a positive impact through my craft. I am excited about the future, and I hope to pave the way for more voices from India to be heard and celebrated on the world stage.”

The “South Asian Person of the Year” award by Harvard University is a testament to Avantika Vandanapu’s influence as a cultural ambassador and a trailblazer in the arts. Her achievements not only highlight her exceptional talent but also her role in fostering greater understanding and appreciation of South Asian culture and narratives in the global arena.


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