Bollywood actress Radhika Apte ventured into Bollywood in 2005 with Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! and since then has explored genres like thriller, drama and adult comedy with films like Rakht Charitra, Shor in the City, Badlapur, Parched, Hunterrr, Padman, Lust Stories and now Ghoul. She is also a social media sensation thanks to her bold pictures on Instagram. (All pictures courtesy: Radhika Apte's Instagram account)
Starting her acting career in theatre, Radhika Apte has acted not only in Bollywood films but also in various regional language films ranging from those in Bengali and Tamil to Telugu and Malayalam.
Radhika Apte has been appreciated by critics and audience for some of her fine performances in films like Phobia, Manjhi - The Mountain Man and Kabali.
Radhika Apte often portrays bold roles on screen, but her off-screen persona is just as sassy. Radhika has worked with various directors - Sriram Raghavan, Prakash Raj, R Balki, Leena Yadav and Anurag Kashyap - whose world of cinema is sometimes polls apart.
This year (2018), Radhika will be seen in several projects including films like Bazaar, a Hollywood World War II spy drama, Michael Winterbottom's upcoming feature The Wedding Guest opposite Dev Patel. After the success of Padman, Radhika switched to OTT space with three projects in her kitty.
The recently released short film, Lust Stories - Radhika's first outing on Netflix received rave reviews from the audience. Soon after the release of Lust Stories, Radhika came back with yet another OTT project titled Sacred Games. Within a week of its release, the actress garnered praises for her performance in the series. Her performance in her third Netflix outing Ghoul, India's first horror mini-series, was also lauded.
Radhika Apte feels that more women working in the film industry in various positions has resulted in more female-driven films and is a great trend. Asked why films like Mom, Parched and Pink - in which women can be seen as central characters - are being made nowadays, she told mid-day, in 2017, "There were subject films even earlier too, but more women working in the industry as writers and directors has definitely helped."
Off-screen, the actress is just like you and me. Radhika Apte, whose house is a reflection of her personality and a realisation of her husband Benedict Taylor's vision, said her memories are very dear to her. For the unversed, Radhika Apte got married in 2012 to British avant-garde violist, violinist and composer Benedict Taylor.
"My home is a realisation of my husband's vision for what our space would look like as well as a reflection of me through various elements. My memories mean a lot to me and I hold them close to my heart," Radhika said when she gave a sneak peek into her house to her fans through season two of Where The Heart Is, a web series.
As a person, Radhika Apte is quite upfront when it comes to conveying her opinions. While sexual abuse had been a topic of debate in Bollywood and Hollywood, prominent names from the entertainment industry were discussing how men in power take advantage of women in exchange for taking forward their dreams. Radhika begged to differ.
Radhika Apte felt that sexual abuse does not only exist in the world of showbiz but takes place in every alternate household. "Sexual abuse takes place in every alternate household. So it's not a part of just the film industry. You have so much child abuse, domestic abuse everywhere in the world, including India," Radhika told.
Radhika asserted that this needs to change. "I think it starts from us putting our foot down and saying 'no' to things, however big your ambition is. You need to be brave about it, believe in your own talent, say 'no' and start speaking up because if one person speaks up, nobody is going to listen to him or her. But if 10 people do, then others would (listen to them)," she said.
When quizzed about her reaction on what if she wakes up one morning as Shah Rukh Khan, Radhika Apte says, "I'll experiment a lot more with films because I think Shah Rukh is an amazingly versatile actor and that's exactly how he started his career. He experimented across different genres and that's what I'll do if I ever woke up as him."
Radhika Apte is emerging to be the digital favourite actress with multiple projects in her kitty, the actress feels the digital space is liberating, however, given that, the medium is never the criteria for her choice of projects.
Radhika Apte is the only Bollywood actress to have set foot in the digital space and create rage.
Radhika Apte who has her feet firm in not just Bollywood, but also regional film industries has spread her wings across the digital medium as well. After making a mark with the short film Ahalya, Radhika has also worked in short films such as Kriti, The Calling, and Stories By Rabindranath Tagore.
Radhika Apte is well known to treat the audience with content-driven films which connect well with the masses.
Talking about working in projects aimed at the digital space, Radhika Apte says, "Working on films and the digital space is more or less the same, but the digital medium definitely has more freedom. There is no censorship, so it's very liberating to do what you want and not worry about anything. But having said that, the medium will never be a criteria when I'm choosing a project."
Radhika Apte, who has often been under the scanner for her 'bold' approach in her films, says anything remotely associated with human body can turn out to be a problem in India -- a country that is 'very ashamed of sexuality and physicality'.
Sex and sexuality are not the only veiled topics of discussion in the country. Menstruation also finds a spot on the list, and Radhika hence chose to be part of Padman - which tells a true story of a man's journey to make affordable sanitary napkins.
"I think our country is very ashamed of sexuality, physicality, or human body. Anything to do with human body or sexuality is a problem here," Radhika Apte said.
Despite the critical acclaim coming her way aplenty, Radhika Apte has often been in news for being 'bold' in her films - be it an intimate scene with co-star Adil Hussain in 'Parched' being leaked online, or a clip of a semi-nude Radhika from an Anurag Kashyap-directed short film making its way on to the web.
Radhika Apte has never tried to sweep the matter under the rug, and believes in talking about it instead of opting for silence.
"Yes, there is a whole thing of generations of being awkward about things, but if you start taking a decision like 'Okay, I am not going to feel like that', it will make a difference," Radhika Apte said.
Radhika Apte said a natural process like menstruation should be spoken about. "It should not feel awkward touching the pad in front of people. These are small things with which people have issues."
According to Radhika Apte, it is not only men who have issues talking about it.
"Women also have issues about it. It is all a part of society and upbringing, and it is high time we changed it," Radhika Apte said.
Radhika Apte is one actress, who won't take anything with a pinch of salt, be it getting trolled online, criticism or anything. She is daring enough to give it back with pride and the beautiful actress revealed one such incident, wherein, a Tamil co-actor misbehaved with her.
While chatting with Neha Dhupia on Colors Infinity's BFFs with Vogue, she opened up on a rather horrendous incident she faced while shooting for a Tamil film. She said, "It was my first day at the shoot and a famous actor down south came on the set and started to tickle my feet."
Revealing further about the incident, she also stated that she was stunned as they had never met before, her instinct reaction was to slap him! She is a no-nonsense girl and won't think twice to put you in the right place if you mess with her.
Radhika, like any other celebrity, was also trolled for uploading a picture of hers in a bikini at the beach on Instagram. To which, she said, "Do they expect me to wear a saree on the beach?"
Speaking about her upcoming projects, Radhika told mid-day, "In Sriram Raghavan's film with Ayushmann Khurrana, I play a very young, cool-vibe girl and in Ghoul (English film) I've played a military officer. In Bombairiya I have played a PR agent and all these characters have nothing in common with each other."
Radhika Apte shared her opinion on fellow industry members too. When asked about an actor who should take acting classes instead of hitting the gym, Apte said Sooraj Pancholi. She was also asked who, according to her, is the most over-rated Bollywood actor, and the Badlapur actor named Sushant Singh Rajput.
Radhika Apte has come a long way! Her journey and she as a person is nothing but an inspiration to many. Keep rocking girl! More power to you!
The digital favourite actress and birthday girl, Radhika Apte, who stunned people with her performance as a professor in Lust Stories and now Ghoul, is the perfect example of beauty with brains. We take a look at her laudable journey so far in the showbiz.
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