Radhika Apte, who started her career as a theater artist and went on to prove her versatility with challenging and performance driven roles in films, is now a web-series star. In her latest interview to a leading daily, she opened up about her journey to stardom and handling rejections and stereotypes.
Pointing at the bias and questioning the stereotype, the actress 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,” Radhika told the leading daily. She took a subtle dig at Kangana Ranaut as she will be playing the role of Rani Laxmibai in Manikarnika. “So, why is it the other way around that you have a problem with?”
The actress further went on to add, “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?”
On the work front, Radhika will be seen in the third Netflix series titled Ghoul in the role of a military officer Nida Rahim.
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