Radhika Apte is quite in news these days and all good reasons and for the hilarious Netflix memes. Recently we also saw how Netflix savagely replied to all the memes with yet another hilarious video where everything is played by only and only Radhika. Well first and foremost, we all love you and it will never be too much you.
Be it PadMan, Parched or Sacred Games, viewers have loved her time and again but it has never been easy for her to gain this exposure that now she is getting. So in a candid with Hindustan Times, she opened up about her struggles in the industry. She revealed how she started her career in 2010.
The actress revealed that she was stereotyped for being a Maharastrian woman and said, “Initially, when I started, I had a few issues. Like [people] constantly used to tell me that you can’t play a North Indian, because you are a Maharashtrian. And now, a North Indian is playing Laxmibai.” So many thought that she is taking a dig on her peer Kangana Ranaut but she said that in a context.
Apte then continued saying if Kangana Ranaut can play Rani Laxmibai in Manikarnika “So, why is it the other way around that you have a problem with?” Since that was a very specific example, thus she pointed out that if Kangana can play Laxmibai who got married in Maharashtra, so can Radhika play any character from any place.
The Parched actress further elaborated by adding, “We’ve had North Indian characters play South Indian characters. But that’s good. That’s how it should be. Actors shouldn’t be restricted on the basis of where they come from, and [be] cast on that basis. Of course, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into preparing for such characters. For example, if I’m playing a Punjabi character, wouldn’t I work for two months to learn the language, and other little details of [being] a Punjabi?”
Radhika then remembers what 8 years in the industry has taught her and said, “Sometimes, it makes sense that directors want to cast someone who’s from that region. They might bring more to the table, because they belong to a specific area. So, you shouldn’t take things personally. A lot of times it happens that, when you don’t get a role, you say, ‘Why did I not get that role?’ Because that role was written for someone else, and you shouldn’t take such things personally. I’ve done a lot of roles for which I wasn’t the first choice — it went to someone else first — and I’ve got a lot of success like that.”
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