Spotlight - Radhika Apte

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By KUSHALI NAG
  • Published 30.07.08
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She has her heart set on theatre...

But she couldn’t resist the opportunity of working in a Bengali film with Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore and Rahul Bose (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Antaheen). “Theatre is my priority and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I am associated with Mohit Takarkar’s theatre troupe Aasakta in my hometown Pune. I am very choosy about signing films but Antaheen was too big an offer to let go. I play the lead, Tony is a fantastic director and I have great co-actors,” gushes the 23-year-old Maharashtrian.

Co-actor Rahul Bose was instrumental in getting her the big role...

“Rahul had seen me perform in Anahita Oberoi’s play Bombay Black and suggested my name to Tony. I auditioned in Mumbai and was selected for the role,” explains the economics graduate from Ferguson College, Pune.

She is excited to step into the shoes of...

Brinda Roy Menon, a TV journalist, in Antaheen. “I have never played a journalist before and was very excited about the role. Brinda is a workaholic who connects with a person on the Net. That is what fascinated me.”

She is also excited at the...

Idea of exploring a whole new city. “I was always fascinated by Calcutta. I performed Tu (a Marathi play) in Sisir Mancha last year. I am learning Bangla for my role in Antaheen, but since my character is half-Bengali and half-South Indian her Bangla accent and pronunciation is pardonable,” smiles Radhika.

On stage...

She has done Marathi plays like Tu, Purnaviram and Matra Yatra; Kanyadaan with Lilette Dubey; Samuel Beckett’s That Time with Rehan Engineer… “I did a lot of theatre while in college and then joined Mohit’s group. Theatre is my first love.”

On screen...

She is still a little “confused by the technicalities of films,” but that hasn’t stopped her from doing Sumitra Bhave-Sunil Sukhthankar’s untitled Marathi film where she plays Savitri, “a village girl”; Sunil Doshi’s Waiting Room, “a thriller”; Akash Khurana’s Life on Life, “about a bunch of youngsters working in a BPO”; Amol Palekar’s untitled Marathi film, which she is “not supposed to talk about”. But what she can say is that the film will be shot in Calcutta, so “I will be back soon”.