She's all of 11, but knows the gravity of the social menace that is child marriage. Child artist Gracy Goswami, who plays a child bride in TV show Balika Vadhu post its leap, says it is important to portray a role with conviction on screen to send out a strong message to the audience.
"I'm playing a very important character in a very popular show, which is a big achievement in itself. I enjoy playing the role as I feel that if we want to give out a message to the audience, then we have to do it properly. Only then they will understand it," Gracy told over phone from Mumbai.
Gracy's character named Nimboli has been introduced in the Colors' show after its makers introduced an 11-year leap in the narrative of the long-running show. She is Anandi's daughter, who has been kidnapped and finds herself bound by the chains that plagued Anandi's own childhood -- child marriage.
The Baroda resident also mentioned that her "school teachers explained to her the concept of child marriage". Meanwhile, Gracy is enjoying being part of the show and grasping new things on the sets.
"I'm enjoying doing the show. I am learning a lot of new things from my fellow actors. It is very exciting as well. I feel fresh and energised after shooting for the show," she said.
Asked about how she landed the role, she was quick to narrate the whole process: "I gave an audition for the role. I got the script which I performed convincingly, and I got a call next day saying that I have been selected and this is how I became Nimboli."
What about studies? "I study whenever I get free time while shooting for the show," she said.
When "Balika Vadhu" began seven years ago, then child actress Avika Gor had embodied the role of Anandi. Avika has grown up to be a successful TV actress ever since.