Ahalya has sub­tle sen­su­al­ity: Apte

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As the young wife of an ag­ing artist, Rad­hika Apte (left) brought an un­der­stated sen­su­al­ity to her role in Su­joy Ghosh’s latest short film Ahalya, which is the film­maker’s fem­i­nist take on the fa­mous mytho­log­i­cal story.

She liked the fact that de­spite be­ing a femme fa­tale, her char­ac­ter had a cer­tain in­no­cence about it. “It was a unique char­ac­ter of a se­duc­tress and yet so sim­ple. There was noth­ing flashy about it. It was very sub­tle. The ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with the look was also like that, the way she walks and sits... I am happy it has paid off,” says Apte

The ac­tor, who has been get­ting rave re­views from the au­di­ence and the crit­ics for the 14-minute-long film, said that it was a wish come true to work with the film­maker and share screen space with vet­eran Ben­gali ac­tor Soumi­tra Chat­ter­jee again. “The two fore­most rea­sons for me to do Ahalya were Su­joy, who is a fan­tas­tic sto­ry­teller and a great film­maker and Soumi­tra da, with whom I had worked pre­vi­ously on a Ben­gali film. I couldn’t be­lieve I was get­ting to work with him again. I’m a big fan of his.”

For Apte, play­ing Ahalya was not dif­fi­cult as Su­joy helped her to get the nu­ances right. “He guided me through it all quite un­know­ingly. It did not feel like I was mak­ing any ma­jor ef­fort to do any­thing. The trans­for­ma­tion and the look also con­trib­uted a lot,” she says, adding, “Work­ing with Soumi­tra da and Tota (Roy Chowd­hury) added to it. Soumi­tra da is so charm­ing and ef­fort­less that when you are op­po­site him, you im­me­di­ately get re­laxed. It was won­der­ful.”

The movie, which hit the in­ter­net on Tues­day, is get­ting rave re­views for its mod­ern take on the age-old myth of Ahalya, the wife of sage Gau­tama Ma­har­ishi, who was se­duced by In­dra and cursed by her hus­band for in­fi­delity.

Rad­hika is now look­ing for­ward to the re­lease of her two up­com­ing films, Ketan Me­hta’s film and a Ku­nal Kapoor-star­rer.


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