Elli Avram is a half-Swedish and half-Greek, Bollywood actress! She recently appeared in the comedy Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon.
Birthday: 29th July, 1990
Born: Stockholm, Sweden
Famous for: Bollywood Star
real name – Elisabet Emily Granlund Avramidou
Elli Avram’s real name is Elisabet Emily Granlund Avramidou. Her father is a Greek musician and her first name comes from her paternal grandmother. Granlund is her mothers surname, who is Swedish, and Avramidou her fathers. Since young she has been nicknamed Elli.
Elli attended Stockholm University and completed a degree in Society and Economics. Whilst there she learnt the Devanagari, an alphabet of India and Nepal.
At age 17, Avram became the member of Pardesi Dance Group in Sundbyberg and gave dance performances all over Scandinavia, primarily of Bollywood songs. Avram has done some acting projects in Sweden including the 2008 crime drama romance movie, Förbjuden Frukt, where she played the role of Selen – the lead character’s teen girlfriend. She also appeared on the Swedish TV series Gomorron Sverige. In 2010, Avram participated in the Miss Greece beauty contest.
In September 2012, Avram moved to Mumbai. She signed up with a modeling agency and got a work visa. Her first considerable project was a television advertisement for Eveready Batteries.
She got her first major Bollywood breakthrough with a lead role in Saurabh Varma’s comedy thriller film, Mickey Virus although she spoke no Hindi. Before her Bollywood debut, Avram started formal learning in Hindi. The film, shot in Delhi, was released on October 25, 2013.
In 2015 she appeared in the comedy film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon.
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Maxim Magazine – India December 2015
Who is Elli Avram?
Mysterious. Everyone I’ve ever met tells me they can’t read me. And I’m a girl who can surprise you, a lot.
You actually have quite a long name…
Well, my full name is Elisabet Emily Granlund Avramidou. My father’s Greek and in Greek culture, children get their names from the father’s parents. So my name—Elisabet—is from my paternal grandmother. That’s the tradition. Grandlund is my mom’s surname and I use it as my middle name. Avramidou is my father’s surname. I have Emily as part of my name too—that’s my mother’s godmother. But then you tend to get a nickname and mine has always been Elli. If someone calls me Elisabet I feel awkward—I’m not used to people calling me that.
You’re half-Swedish and half-Greek. How has that shaped your personality?
I’ve grown up in two completely di erent cultures. Greeks are super strong and family- oriented. It’s a lot like Indian culture, to be honest. We’re very much into each other’s lives and we all live close to each other. The Greeks are more orthodox, I guess. Today, Swedish people are very chilled out and open- minded. I have learned to see the world in two ways and I think it has given me a broader understanding of other cultures. I think it do that one movie where I would be the main lead. That was a huge dream. I wanna do as much as I can and there is an opportunity for that today. There is an acceptance that was not there 10 years ago. Things have started to change a lot. That’s so positive and amazing. I think maybe I came at the right time.
You’ve worked in two movies already— Mickey Virus and Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karun. How’s the Hindi coming along?
Oh, it’s coming along great. I’m so happy for the fact that I learned Hindi before shooting Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karun (KKKPK), because it would have been much more difficult if I didn’t understand the language. This was a full-on comedy movie and in comedy it’s crucial to catch timings. You also tend to improvise and that’s very common. Kapil [Sharma] is so good at that. So there were many times where he added something to the script and I could catch it and know that it was my line next because I could understand what he was saying. It’s also important because you have to give the right expressions when your co-stars are talking and you need to react to that. You can’t just have a plain face or, worse, have the wrong expression.
Would you ever consider working in films from the South?
Definitely! In fact, I really want to work in the South because whenever I’ve seen movies from that part of the country, I’ve loved them. Their song and dance is so energetic, so powerful and so much fun! I feel like they still manage to keep that Indian-ness intact. They still have that very beautiful Indian look and Indian touch. I think Bollywood is getting very modern now.
It looks like you’re on ‘the slow and steady wins the race’ path with your career.
I’ve learned to have a lot of patience and not just rush into things. I also think it’s just good to prepare before I take on a project. Like