Don’t call me an off­beat ac­tor, please!

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Ac­tor Rad­hika Apte is not just an ac­tor. She is a per­former in the true sense, and has never let the medium, genre or lan­guage limit her cal­i­bre. “For me, ev­ery­thing is equally im­por­tant — theatre, films, short films or any­thing else — as long as I am get­ting the right plat­form to per­form,” says Rad­hika, who has done films in at least six lan­guages: Marathi, Malay­alam, Tamil, Tel­ugu, Hindi and Bangla, and is now part of a few cross­over projects as well. Cur­rently, the 29-year-old is get­ting ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her role in the 14-minute short film, Su­joy Ghosh’s Ahalya, which was re­leased on the in­ter­net re­cently.

So, who would think that even she would have to deal with slot­ting? “It has been a con­stant strug­gle with slot­ting and tag­ging — bold, off­beat, etc. Peo­ple have the ten­dency to put tags on ev­ery­thing and I don’t want to be tagged. As an ac­tor and an artist, that’s not some­thing I want. I like to fo­cus on my work. I don’t want an im­age,” says Rad­hika, who’s en­joy­ing a good phase in her ca­reer right now.

“Yes, things are look­ing great. I didn’t ex­pect such im­mense ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Ahalya. How­ever, I don’t wait for the re­sponse that a pro­ject will fetch. I fo­cus on my per­for­mance and give it my best. The rest is not in my hands,” says the ac­tor, who will soon be seen in Ketan Me­hta’s next.

Her work is be­ing talked about and film of­fers, in­clud­ing a pro­ject with ac­tor Ra­jinikanth, are flow­ing in. But Rad­hika is un­af­fected by the fame. “Af­ter I did Shor in the City (2011), I moved to Lon­don to study con­tem­po­rary dance. I’ve been work­ing since I came back, and my work’s been get­ting no­ticed too, so it’s not like sud­denly some­thing has changed,” says the ac­tor.

I don’t wait for the re­sponse that a pro­ject will fetch. I fo­cus on my per­for­mance and give it my best

Rad­hika Apte, ac­tor

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