Don’t call me an offbeat actor, please!
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