Uplifting and inspiring, these are just the few of the adjectives Bollywood is using to praise the first trailer of Mountain Man, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, which released on Monday.
In this Ketan Mehta film, Nawazuddin plays a poor labourer from Bihar, Dashrath Manjhi, who carved a path through a mountain using only a hammer and chisel. Radhika plays his wife.
The trailer brings to life the awe-inspiring story and is already garnering praise in Bollywood. Sushant Singh Rajput tweeted films likes these are what re-affirm him as an actor.
Radhika Apte is all excited about the new film.
Praising her co-star, she says, “Nawaz is brilliant in the film. He is such a sincere actor. It doesn’t matter if he does a film now, when he is popular, or when he was not so famous. His work is not affected.”
"It's an inspiring story and I wanted to be part of it. I was like 'I had to get this part'," Radhika told reporters today at the trailer launch of the film here.
The Hunterrr star said her co-star Nawazuddin used to look aloof before doing the romantic scenes in the film.
"Ahead of romantic scenes he used to be very quiet... aloof... Sitting in one corner. I used to ask our director (Mehta) 'Why he is not talking to me... He doesn't like me?' But the moment the director used to say action, Nawaz would come in romantic avatar," Radhika added.
Ask her if all this praise puts pressure on her, and Radhika says, “The more known you are, the more expectations people have of you. One has to fight against them. And, these expectations are not always valid. I don’t really think about them much, as long as I enjoy the process of shooting.”
Radhika is thrilled with the amount of attention she has been receiving after her recent releases. “It feels great. I didn’t expect such reactions. I got noticed after Badlapur. At times, it gets overwhelming. People now know me a little more than they used to,” she says.
(With inputs from agencies)