Interview By: ANKITA R. KANABAR
This girl is on a roll! She’s had six projects this year, strikingly different from each other – not to mention, they were all well-received! But, RadhikaApte hopes, this is just the beginning for her! Here’s a brief chat with the ‘Andhadhun’ actress…
It’s been a great year for you – with ‘Padman’, ‘Lust Stories’, ‘Ghoul’, ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Andhadhun’ and now ‘Bazaar’…
Yes, I’m grateful. It wasn’t a planned thing. It just happened that all the six projects released in the same year. The advantage of that is that, you get the opportunity to showcase different kinds of roles, films in the matter of a short time. And all were very successful which doesn’t happen very often so I’m grateful. Having said that, I hope it’s just the beginning. I want to do far more work, I want to be on set every day. I’m looking forward to what I’m going to be offered next.
One would sometimes say, that your choices are quite brave. Do you feel so?
I don’t know about being brave, but of course, you have to choose from what you’re being offered. So amongst the projects I’ve been offered, I would choose what I find exciting or challenging. But I can’t put a finger on what it is that I find challenging or exciting because it’s different with each project. But the criteria is simple, I just do what I like. There’s not a lot of thought process behind it.
How has the prep been for all of these characters back-to-back?
These projects happened over the last 2 years, so it’s not like, it was all continuous. ‘Ghoul’ of course needed 15 days of rehearsals before we started. We discussed a lot, choreographed the scenes and saw how the chemistry between the characters works. There was a lot of preparation. We also had a couple of days of military training, so I think that’s how it worked. There’s a different kind of preparation for every part, depending on the story and character graph.
Now do you think you’ve managed to settle here, with back-to-back successes and appreciation?
I don’t know; ‘settle’ is a big word. I do feel accepted at some level which is great. I don’t think about it like that. The way I look at it, is that, am I giving my best to the projects I have or not. There’s of course more recognition, connection with people now and I’m glad that’s happening. I’ve been trying to do better work, more work and hope that continues to be the case.
How satisfied do you feel at this point and what is it that continues to remain a challenge?
Not everything that you do satisfies you so deeply. Any job you do, there are certain things which are not as good as the other one. Even in a particular project, there are days which are better and days which are not so good. So at the satisfaction level, it keeps changing. The biggest challenge is still, to fight your insecurities on a daily basis. Insecurity is not necessarily about other people, insecurity can be about yourself. Whether you are doing something correctly or not, putting that much of effort or not, you should be doing more or less – so those kind of things. Even if you are successful, you feel insecure about whether you would be able to maintain that and wonder what should you do next. Every time you’re accepted for a role, there’s an insecurity if you would be able to do something that would make the next character stand out and give it authenticity. So, you need to fight those kinds of things, and that’s always the biggest challenge.
What’s the change that’s come in Hindi cinema over the last few years?
Cinema has been changing over every few years. So, of course, it’s changed even in the last five years. It’s different content in cinema today and people are trying to break away from the norm, trying to talk about subjects which we didn’t talk about, few years back. Few years down the line, it will change even more. Things always change.
Have you always been someone who’s followed Hindi cinema while growing up as well?
I’ve always been impressed by Hindi cinema. I’ve grown up watching it. It’s strange because the kind of cinema I grew up watching is not the kind of cinema happens as much, anymore and I’m definitely not a part of that cinema; I don’t mean that in a good or bad way. It’s just that it has changed. I would love to go back to that also. I think your value systems, what you aspire, what inspires you, relationships, how you look at things a certain way – cinema does influence you in all these ways. Which is why, you should also be careful while putting a project together because the influence of that can be so huge on people. Hence, I always try to look at what’s the ultimate thing, the film is trying to say.