Rad­hika Apte, the lead­ing lady of Ka­bali, hasn’t en­joyed one bit of the mad­ness around the film

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Ka­bali fever has of­fi­cially taken over the world. And even as vi­su­als of Ra­jinikanth’s fans singing and danc­ing at theatres, screen grabs of leave ap­pli­ca­tions with ‘To watch Ka­bali’ as the rea­son cited, and pic­tures of cars with Ka­bali posters dom­i­nate our Face­book time­line, there’s one per­son who is not part of the craze. The film’s lead­ing lady, Rad­hika Apte. She is un­well, and also busy shoot­ing in Mum­bai.

“I am re­ally miss­ing out. I am shoot­ing in Mum­bai and I haven’t had even a day off. I am also un­well and that is one of the rea­sons I have been un­able to go to Chen­nai. My friends and the as­sis­tant di­rec­tors from the film are call­ing me up from there. They went to see the early morn­ing show. I was like, ‘This is the big­gest thing and I am miss­ing it all’,” she says.

About the fan­fare around the film, Rad­hika says that it al­most feels like a fes­ti­val. “It’s great to have such a craze about some­thing. It’s like a fever, but in a good way. The whole thing feels like a fes­ti­val.” Though the film is in news be­cause of Ra­jinikanth, Rad­hika says that she, too, has got com­pli­ments. “I was up all Thurs­day night work­ing, and slept through the morn­ing on Fri­day (the day the film re­leased). I woke up to mes­sages and calls with com­pli­ments. It’s quite over­whelm­ing. It’s one of the big­gest films I have done.”

The 30-year-old, who has fea­tured in Bad­la­pur (2015) and Shor in the City (2011), says that al­though she was ap­pre­hen­sive about shoot­ing with Ra­jinikanth ini­tially, her per­cep­tion changed. “The first day I met him for the photo shoot, he was warm and down to earth. He makes you feel so com­fort­able. There was no ner­vous en­ergy left. I felt like an ab­so­lute pro­fes­sional work­ing with him.” And what does she feel about not quite be­ing in the lime­light? “It’s a big film be­cause it is a Ra­jinikanth film. You can’t be feel­ing in­se­cure about this. All you can feel is happy about be­ing a part of such a project.”

It’s great to have such a craze about some­thing. It’s like a fever, but in a good way RAD­HIKA APTE, AC­TOR


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