Radhika Apte: Being calm in times of controversies

She has been making the industry sit up and take notice with her brave and unusual choice of films and her powerful talent. Not surprisingly, controversies seem to love her and keep popping up with alarming regularity. Earlier a nude video from Anurag Kashyap’s short film made for the international market had been leaked and was being circulated on a messaging app.

Swallowing her hurt, Radhika Apte had chosen to put up a brave front, saying she didn’t have the time to react to such news. Feigning indifference to the leak, she maintained that the world had lots of unemployed people who were up to no good and she couldn’t waste her own time taking them to task. She added that since neither she nor her family get affected by these happenings, it didn’t bother her either.

When last year, some nude pictures purportedly of hers had started doing the rounds on the internet, she had brushed off the same tweeting, “You guys! If you’re going to get someone to pass off as naked me, she needs to look a lot more like me.” She’s got spirit, alright.

Not scared Radhika to tell it like it is, she even took on the Telugu film industry. In an interview with CNN IBN, she went ahead and called the Telugu film industry ‘patriarchal’ and ‘male chauvinist’. She even added that she had struggled the most with that industry and did not wish to make any more films there!

More recently a clip featuring her in a topless scene in ‘Parched’ made waves of the unsavoury kind again! And Radhika handled it deftly yet again. At a recent event she resorted to cool sarcasm when a reporter pointedly asked her about her leaked scenes from the film. She retorted that the question was wonderful and just what she had been waiting for! Then she pointed out that the clip had not leaked; the film had released all over the world, adding, “So do some research!” The film has been on Netflix in USA so it’s not leaked, she clarified, adding, “And what do you want me to say about that?” Touche!

When raw nerves are not being touched, Radhika is a calm and content soul. One of her favourite passions is travelling. She believes it helps you see and appreciate the world outside your country. This leads to observing, questioning and learning. Travel is a great teacher, she feels and likes to take off on her own every once in a while.

Currently she finds herself travelling between two cities – Mumbai where is based and London, where her husband, musician Benedict Taylor lives and works. Work also involves a great deal of travelling but it’s not the sort she enjoys. Shoot related work is restricted to driving between the hotel and the location which is no fun as the itinerary is planned. Radhika sees herself as a casual traveler rather than a tourist who is keen to see things. In her younger days, she has done her bit of wandering, including back-packing across Europe. Travelling is obviously also a good way to escape the intense attention that she receives too much of sometimes!

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