Actress Radhika Apte, in an intereaction with a magazine, said that she was 'exploited' on the sets of Ram Gopal Verma's Rakta Charitra.
In the May issue of Grazia India, Radhika got candid about her journey in the industry and revealed that she didn't get paid much for the 2010 political drama.
"I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the film. I honestly felt very exploited because I wasn't getting paid much," she said.
She continued: "They told me I'd be doing one film but then they made me shoot in Tamil and Telugu as well. So, I was like okay, this is a lot of work and commitment. The film had big actors and the shoots would never start on time. I have never been desperate for work. So, I didn't feel like I needed to endure long hours on the set when my time and talent wasn't being optimised."
Radhika revealed that it was during this time that she started questioning her career path.
"l thought to myself 'Is this how the business works?'" she said.
The 'Badlapur' actress said that she's a 'big Ram Gopal Varma fan' and they had fun while shooting for the film. However, that 'the culture of favoritism and exploitation (of time) was prevalent', she said.
'Rakhta Charitra' is an Indian political action thriller film featuring Vivek Oberai, Sudeep, Shatrughan Sinha and others. It film is based on the life of politician Paritala Ravindra.
Apte made her Bollywood debut with a small role in the 2005 Shahid Kapoor-starrer 'Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!', and went on to do films like 'Shor In The City', 'Kabali', 'Phobia', 'Badlapur' and more.
She was last seen in a sci-fi comedy show, 'Ok Computer'. The Disney+Hotstar series also stars Vijay Varma, Jackie Shroff and Rasika Dugal.
Radhika will be next seen in and as Mrs Undercover - playing an undercover agent.