I’M REALLY MISSING OUT: APTE
Radhika Apte, the leading lady of Kabali, hasn’t enjoyed one bit of the madness around the film
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