Radhika Apte

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Radhika Apte
Radhika Apte at 'Phobia' media meet.jpg
Apte at Phobia media meet in 2016
Born (1985-09-07) 7 September 1985 (age 32)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Radhika Apte (born 7 September 1985) is an Indian actress.[1] Born and brought up in Pune, Maharashtra, Apte began acting in theatre productions before venturing into films. She made her feature film debut with a brief role in the Hindi fantasy Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005). Apte has since worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, and Marathi-language films.

Apte's first starring role was in the 2009 Bengali social drama Antaheen. She made her Marathi film debut in 2009 with the tragic romance Samaantar. She gathered widespread praise for her supporting work in three of her 2015 Bollywood productions including the thriller Badlapur, the comedy Hunterrr, and the biographical film Manjhi - The Mountain Man. Her leading roles in the 2016 independent films Phobia and Parched earned her further acclaim.[2][3][4]

Apte played supporting roles in the Marathi crime thriller Lai Bhaari (2014) and the Tamil drama Kabali (2016) and the Hindi biographical film Pad Man, all of which were blockbuster productions. She has been married to London-based musician Benedict Taylor since 2013.

Early life[edit]

Apte was born in Pune, Maharashtra, the daughter of Pune's leading neurosurgeon and chairman of Sahyadri Hospital, Dr. Charudutt Apte.[5][6] She was born into a Marathi community,[7][8] she is an Economics and Mathematics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune.[9] While growing up in Pune, Apte trained under Kathak exponent Rohini Bhate for eight years.[10] After doing four films, she moved to London and studied contemporary dance at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for a year.[11]

Career[edit]

Early roles (2005–10)[edit]

Radhika Apte first appeared in a small role in the Hindi film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! in 2005, a project she did "just for fun" while still being in college.[10] Actor Rahul Bose, who had seen Apte perform in Anahita Oberoi's play Bombay Black, suggested her name to director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury who cast her in his Bengali film Antaheen along with Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore and Rahul Bose. She played the role of Brinda Roy Menon, a TV journalist, in Antaheen.[8] Riddhima Seal, writing for The Times of India, called Apte a "revelation", further adding "With eyes that speak a thousand words, her passion for work and the loneliness of her heart as she waits to chat every night with that special stranger just strikes the right chord".[12]

In 2009, Apte had her first Marathi release, KBC productions' Gho Mala Asla Hava by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar in which she appeared as Savitri, a village girl. She later collaborated with Bhave and Sukthankar again on the Hindi docufiction Mor Dekhne Jungle Mein.[7] That year, she had also worked on Jatin Wagle's Ek Marathi Manoos,[13] Akash Khurana's Life Online, about "a bunch of youngsters working in a BPO" and Amol Palekar's Marathi film, Samaantar.[8] In 2010, she was seen in Maneej Premnath's thriller The Waiting Room[14] and later appeared in a significant role in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakta Charitra and its sequel.

Breakthrough and rise to prominence (2011–present)[edit]

In 2011, Apte appeared in the anthology film I Am and in Shor in the City under Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Films banner. She worked for the third time with the Bhave-Sukthankar duo on Ha Bharat Majha (2012), a film inspired by Anna Hazare's movement that was shot in 14 days[15] and screened at various film festivals.[16][17][18] Her two other 2012 releases were Tukaram in Marathi and Dhoni, her maiden Tamil film. For her performance in the latter she was nominated for SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

In 2013, she was seen in the Bengali film Rupkatha Noy.[19] About her character she said, "I play Sananda, an IT engineer, who is a single mother of a three-year-old child. Sananda had a dreadful past, which keeps haunting her".[20] Apte's first four 2014 releases were Postcard, Pendulum,[21] Legend[22] and Vetri Selvan in four different languages—Marathi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil, respectively—after which another Marathi film of hers, Lai Bhaari, released. Pendulum, which was described by Apte as a "story on magic realism which takes you through multiple layers of parallel realities, or apparent realities",[23] had her playing a working woman in relationship with a younger man,[24] while in Vetri Selvan she had played the role of a lawyer.[25] Legend and Lai Bhaari were commercial success, the latter breaking the opening weekend box office record[26] and becoming the highest grossing Marathi film of all time.[27]

Apte walks the ramp for Meraki Project at the Lakme Fashion Week, 2016

In 2015, Apte gained wider recognition for her roles in six feature films released in the first eight months. In the year's first release, Sriram Raghavan's Badlapur, she had a minor supporting role, for which she shot for six days.[28] Despite appearing only briefly in the latter part of the film,[4] she was widely recognized and appreciated for her performance,[29][30] with several critics stating that she stood out in the ensemble cast.[31][32][33][34] Rediff's Raja Sen, in particular, wrote that she was "sensational" and featured in "possibly the film's finest" moment.[35] Following a Malayalam release, Haram, her first in the language, and a Telugu release, Lion, she had her next Hindi release, the sex comedy Hunterrr directed by Harshvardhan Kulkarni.[36] Although the film opened to mixed reviews,[37] Apte again earned praise for her performance. While Shubha Shetty-Saha from mid-day.com described her as "excellent in an absolutely realistic role",[38] Filmfare's Rachit Gupta wrote, "While you're at it, hand one (award) to Radhika Apte...She really comes into her own, in a character that's unconventional and full of surprises".[39] With Badlapur and Hunterrr both achieving commercial success and winning Apte critical acclaim, she grew in popularity, breaking into the mainstream Bollywood scene, with the media dubbing her the "latest sensation of Bollywood",[3] Bollywood's new "go-to girl" [40] and the "new constant in Indian cinema".[41] HuffPost India wrote, "Radhika Apte is on her way to stardom, whether she likes it or not".[42] In late August, two more Hindi films of her, Ketan Mehta's critically acclaimed biogeographical film Manjhi - The Mountain Man,[11] based on Dashrath Manjhi, featuring Apte as Manjhi's wife Falguni Devi,[43] and Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, a satire on water scarcity featuring Apte as an agriculture graduate, released a week apart.[44][41] Her next film was the Tamil gangster-drama Kabali, in which she was featured as the wife of Rajinikanth. Upon the release, her performance received positive feedback from critic, and the film proved to be a major commercial success as well.[45]

In 2018, Apte co-starred with Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor in R. Balki's comedy-drama Pad Man, based on a short story in Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. It is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham from Tamilnadu, who campaigned for menstrual hygiene in rural india.[46] Apte's role was that of a shy homemaker whose husband (Kumar) invents low-cast sanitary napkins. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote, "Radhika Apte is, as always, a scene-stealer. She contributes majorly to ensuring that the exchanges between the protagonist and his wife do not veer into corniness."[47]

Among Apte's upcoming films are three Hindi language projects, The Field, the feature debut of Rohit Karn Batra,[48] Leena Yadav's Parched, a U.S.-Indian co-production,[49] and Bombairiya, an Indo - British production [50][51] and a Tamil projects Ula.[52]

Theatre[edit]

Apte is actively involved with theatre[7] and has been part of several stage plays, mostly in Marathi language. She is associated with Mohit Takalkar's theatre troupe Aasakta Kalamanch in her hometown and has acted in plays like Tu, Purnaviram, Matra Ratra and Samuel Beckett's That Time with Rehan Engineer.[8] She also performed a commercial Hindi play Kanyadaan and an English play named Bombay Black.[13] In 2013, she was part of a Marathi play named Uney Purey Shahar Ek, which was an adaptation of Girish Karnad's Benda Kaalu on Toast ("Baked Beans of Toast") and she has stated that she has plans to do an English play in London.[52] Apte has said that she prefers to work in experimental theatre.[13]

Short films[edit]

Radhika Apte has also acted in a number of short films, including Darmiyan,[53] in which she played a college girl Ekta, and Vakratunda Swaha, which was filmed by Ashish Avikunthak over a period of 12 years.[54][55] She played one of the lead roles in Anurag Kashyap's short film on eve teasing, That Day After Everyday, which released on YouTube in 2012.[56] She played the title role in Sujoy Ghosh's 2015 Bengali short film Ahalya.[57]

Personal life[edit]

Apte met Benedict Taylor in 2011 in London during her year-long sabbatical when she had gone to learn contemporary dance.[6] Director Sarang Sathaye, a friend of Radhika, informed in October 2012 that the two had been living together for a long time and that a registered marriage took place a month before the official ceremony was said to be held in March 2013.[6][58]

Apte is one of the few major Bollywood actors to speak out about sexual harassment in the industry; she is hopeful that the #MeToo campaign could create change in India if enough major industry figures start participating.[59]

Films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Anjali Hindi
2009 Antaheen Brinda Bengali
Samaantar Rewa Marathi
Gho Mala Asla Hava Savitri Marathi
2010 The Waiting Room Tina Hindi
Rakht Charitra I Nandini Hindi / Telugu Nominated—Screen Award for Best Female Debut
Rakht Charitra II Nandini Hindi / Telugu
2011 I Am Natasha Hindi In the segment Abhimanyu
Shor in the City Sapna Hindi
2012 Dhoni Nalini Tamil / Telugu Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Ha Bharat Maza Unknown Marathi
Tukaram Aavli Marathi
2013 Rupkatha Noy Sananda Bengali
All in All Azhagu Raja Meenakshi Tamil
2014 Pendulum Nandita Bengali
Legend Jaidev's cousin Telugu
Postcard Gulzar Marathi
Vetri Selvan Sujatha Tamil
Lai Bhaari Kavita Marathi
2015 Badlapur Kanchan (Koko) Hindi Nominated—Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Haram Isha Malayalam
Hunterrr Tripti Gokhale Hindi
Lion Sarayu Telugu
Manjhi - The Mountain Man Phaguniya Hindi Nominated—Stardust Award for Performer of the Year (Editor's Choice)
Kaun Kitne Paani Mein Paro Hindi
The Bright Day Rukmini Hindi
X: Past Is Present Rija Hindi In the segment Biryani
2016 Parched Lajjo Hindi Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Award for Best Actress (shared with female cast)
Nominated—Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Award for Best Actress
Winner, FOI Online Awards - Special Mention (Actress) [60]
Phobia Mehak Deo Hindi Winner, FOI Online Awards - Special Mention (Actress) [60]
Kabali Kumudhavalli Tamil
2017 Madly Archana Hindi In the segment Clean Shaven
Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2018 Pad Man Gayatri Hindi
Baazaar Film has yet to be released Sonia Gaurav's mother Hindi Post-Production
Lust Stories Hindi Anthology film

Also Co-Writer

Bombairiya Film has yet to be released Meghna Hindi Post-Production
The Ashram Film has yet to be released Gayatri English Post-Production
Ula Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
Andhadhun Film has yet to be released TBA Hindi Filming

Short films and Series[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2008 Darmiyan Ekta Hindi Short film
2010 Vakratunda Swaha Unknown Bengali
2013 That Day After Everyday Rekha Hindi
2015 Stories by Rabindranath Tagore Binodini Hindi TV series
Episode: "Chokher Bali"
Ahalya Ahalya Bengali
The Calling Shaheen English
2016 Kriti Dr. Kalpana Hindi
2018 Sacred Games Anjali Mathur Hindi/English Netflix Web Series[61]
Ghoul Film has yet to be released Nida Rahim English Netflix Mini-Series[62]

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Language Notes
2003 Nako Re Baba Marathi
2003 Pan Amhala Khelayachay Marathi
2003 Brain Surgeon English British play
2006 Shobha Yatra Marathi
2006 Tu Marathi
2007 That Time English British play
2007 Poornaviram Marathi
2007 Kanyadaan Marathi
2007 Matra Ratra Marathi
2008 Bombay Black Marathi
2009 Garbo Marathi
2009 Kashmir Kashmir English
2013 Uney Purey Shahar Ek Marathi

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