Apte at Phobia media meet in 2016
7 September 1985 |
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Spouse(s)||Benedict Taylor (m. 2012)|
Radhika Apte (born 7 September 1985) is an Indian film and stage actress. Hailing from Pune, Apte began her acting career in theatre, working with the theatre troupe Aasakta in her home town, 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'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. Her Bollywood breakthrough came in 2015, following acclaimed performances in the thriller Badlapur and the comedy HunterrrManjhi The Mountain Man—and received wide appreciation for the psychological thriller Phobia (2016). She later went on to star in commercially successful films, including the Marathi film Lai Bhaari (2014) and the Tamil film Kabali (2016).
Apte was born on 7 September 1985 in Pune, the daughter of Pune's leading neurosurgeon and chairman of Sahyadri Hospital, Dr. Charudutt Apte. From Marathi community by birth, she is an Economics and Mathematics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune. While growing up in Pune, Apte trained under Kathak exponent Rohini Bhate for eight years. 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.
Early Roles (2005–10)
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. 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. 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".
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. That year, she had also worked on Jatin Wagle's Ek Marathi Manoos, Akash Khurana's Life Online, about "a bunch of youngsters working in a BPO" and Amol Palekar's Marathi film, Samaantar. In 2010, she was seen in Maneej Premnath's thriller The Waiting Room and later appeared in a significant role in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakta Charitra and its sequel.
Breakthrough and rise to prominence (2011–present)
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 and screened at various film festivals. 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. 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". Apte's first four 2014 releases were Postcard, Pendulum, Legend 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", had her playing a working woman in relationship with a younger man, while in Vetri Selvan she had played the role of a lawyer. Legend and Lai Bhaari were commercial success, the latter breaking the opening weekend box office record and becoming the highest grossing Marathi film of all time.
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. Despite appearing only briefly in the latter part of the film, she was widely recognized and appreciated for her performance, with several critics stating that she stood out in the ensemble cast. Rediff's Raja Sen, in particular, wrote that she was "sensational" and featured in "possibly the film's finest" moment. 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. Although the film opened to mixed reviews, Apte again earned praise for her performance. While Shubha Shetty-Saha from mid-day.com described her as "excellent in an absolutely realistic role", 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". 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", Bollywood's new "go-to girl"  and the "new constant in Indian cinema". HuffPost India wrote, "Radhika Apte is on her way to stardom, whether she likes it or not". In late August, two more Hindi films of her, Ketan Mehta's critically acclaimed biogeographical film Manjhi - The Mountain Man, based on Dashrath Manjhi, featuring Apte as Manjhi's wife Falguni Devi, and Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, a satire on water scarcity featuring Apte as an agriculture graduate, released a week apart. 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.
Among her upcoming films are three Hindi language projects, The Field, the feature debut of Rohit Karn Batra, Leena Yadav's Parched, a U.S.-Indian co-production, and Bombairiya, an Indo - British production  and a Tamil projects Ula.
Apte is actively involved with theatre 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. She also performed a commercial Hindi play Kanyadaan and an English play named Bombay Black. 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. Apte has said that she prefers to work in experimental theatre.
Radhika Apte has also acted in a number of short films, including Darmiyan, in which she played a college girl Ekta, and Vakratunda Swaha, which was filmed by Ashish Avikunthak over a period of 12 years. 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. She played the title role in Sujoy Ghosh's 2015 Bengali short film Ahalya.
In September 2012, Radhika got married to British musician Benedict Taylor. Radhika met Benedict in 2011 in London during her year-long sabbatical when she had gone to learn contemporary dance. 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 ago", while an official ceremony was said to be held in March 2013.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2005||Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!||Anjali||Hindi|
|2009||Gho Mala Asla Hava||Savitri||Marathi|
|2010||The Waiting Room||Tina||Hindi|
|2010||Rakht Charitra I||Nandini||Hindi / Telugu||Nominated—Screen Award for Best Female Debut|
|2010||Rakht Charitra II||Nandini||Hindi / Telugu|
|2010||Vakratunda Swaha||Unknown||Bengali||Short film|
|2011||I Am||Natasha||Hindi||In the segment Abhimanyu|
|2011||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
|2012||Ha Bharat Maza||Unknown||Marathi|
|2013||That Day After Everyday||Rekha||Hindi||Short film|
|2013||All in All Azhagu Raja||Meenakshi||Tamil|
|2015||Badlapur||Kanchan (Koko)||Hindi||Nominated—Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2015||Stories by Rabindranath Tagore||Binodini||Hindi||TV series
Episode: "Chokher Bali"
|2015||Manjhi - The Mountain Man||Phaguniya||Hindi||Nominated—Stardust Award for Performer of the Year (Editor's Choice)|
|2015||Kaun Kitne Paani Mein||Paro||Hindi|
|2015||The Bright Day||Rukmini||Hindi|
|2015||X: Past Is Present||Rija||Hindi||Segment Biryani|
|2015||The Calling||Shaheen||English||Short film|
Segment Clean Shaven
|2016||Kriti||Dr. Kalpana||Hindi||Short film|
|2003||Noko Re Baba|
|2003||Pan Amhala Khelayachay|
|2013||Uney Purey Shahar Ek|
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