“After Badlapur (2015) and my short film Ahalya (2015), people thought that I was this ‘seductress’,” says Radhika Apte.
The actor says a certain image gets stuck to an actor’s name owing to his or her on-screen character. “People asked me how come I’m playing a seductress in every film. And I asked ‘which every film?’” questions Radhika.
From Manjhi The Mountain Man (2015) to Kabali, Radhika has taken up different roles in her career so far. She, however, maintains that people still “typecast actors all the time”. Giving us an example of Ahalya, she recalls a conversation between her and director Sujoy Ghosh.
“When Sujoy cast me in the film, he told me that nobody would have cast me in a role like this, as people could only picture me in a sari, post Shor In The City (2011). It was only after Ahalya and Badlapur that I was offered sex comedies,” she says.
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Last year, Radhika courted controversy when a nude scene from her film, Madly, was leaked online. Before this, the actor made news when her fake nude pictures went viral. This year intimate scenes from her recently released film were leaked online.
Ask her if this bothers her, and she says, “It genuinely doesn’t. The first time it happened, I knew the pictures weren’t real. It was quite amusing to see how the public believed anything that they heard, but not what they saw. The second time, it took me a couple of days to figure out that this is how it works in the industry. I don’t even remember thinking about it the third time.”
Adding to that, the actor says, “Even if one does an item number and somebody’s pallu slides down, people upload it own YouTube. That’s the mentality.”
Radhika also has a strong opinion about the recent racial controversy surrounding her co-actor Tannishtha Chatterjee. “I know she isn’t doing this for publicity. Would you crack a joke on a fair woman? If you would, then fair enough. I’m not against joking about colour, but the problem is that there’s a history to it,” she says.