Radhika Apte

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Radhika Apte
Radhika Apte at 'Phobia' media meet.jpg
Apte at Phobia media meet in 2016
Born 7 September 1985 (age 31)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nationality  India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Benedict Taylor (m. 2012)

Radhika Apte (born 7 September 1985) is an Indian film and stage actress.[1] Hailing from Pune, Maharashtra, 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.[2] Her Bollywood breakthrough came in 2015, following acclaimed performances in the thriller Badlapur and the comedy Hunterrr, Manjhi - The Mountain Man—and received wide appreciation for the psychological thriller Phobia (2016).[3][4][5] She later went on to star in two of the blockbuster films, the Marathi thriller Lai Bhaari (2014) and the Tamil gangster drama Kabali (2016).

Early life[edit]

Apte was born on 7 September 1985[6] in Pune, the daughter of Pune's leading neurosurgeon and chairman of Sahyadri Hospital, Dr. Charudutt Apte.[7][8] From Marathi community by birth,[9][10] she is an Economics and Mathematics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune.[11] While growing up in Pune, Apte trained under Kathak exponent Rohini Bhate for eight years.[12] 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.[13]


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.[12] 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.[10] 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".[14]

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.[9] That year, she had also worked on Jatin Wagle's Ek Marathi Manoos,[15] Akash Khurana's Life Online, about "a bunch of youngsters working in a BPO" and Amol Palekar's Marathi film, Samaantar.[10] In 2010, she was seen in Maneej Premnath's thriller The Waiting Room[16] 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[17] and screened at various film festivals.[18][19][20] 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.[21] 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".[22] Apte's first four 2014 releases were Postcard, Pendulum,[23] Legend[24] 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",[25] had her playing a working woman in relationship with a younger man,[26] while in Vetri Selvan she had played the role of a lawyer.[27] Legend and Lai Bhaari were commercial success, the latter breaking the opening weekend box office record[28] and becoming the highest grossing Marathi film of all time.[29]

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.[30] Despite appearing only briefly in the latter part of the film,[5] she was widely recognized and appreciated for her performance,[31][32] with several critics stating that she stood out in the ensemble cast.[33][34][35][36] Rediff's Raja Sen, in particular, wrote that she was "sensational" and featured in "possibly the film's finest" moment.[37] 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.[38] Although the film opened to mixed reviews,[39] Apte again earned praise for her performance. While Shubha Shetty-Saha from mid-day.com described her as "excellent in an absolutely realistic role",[40] 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".[41] 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",[4] Bollywood's new "go-to girl" [42] and the "new constant in Indian cinema".[43] HuffPost India wrote, "Radhika Apte is on her way to stardom, whether she likes it or not".[44] In late August, two more Hindi films of her, Ketan Mehta's critically acclaimed biogeographical film Manjhi - The Mountain Man,[13] based on Dashrath Manjhi, featuring Apte as Manjhi's wife Falguni Devi,[45] and Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, a satire on water scarcity featuring Apte as an agriculture graduate, released a week apart.[46][43] 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.[47]

Among her 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]


Apte is actively involved with theatre[9] 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.[10] She also performed a commercial Hindi play Kanyadaan and an English play named Bombay Black.[15] 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.[15]

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]

In September 2012, Radhika got married to British musician Benedict Taylor.[58][59] Radhika met Benedict in 2011 in London during her year-long sabbatical when she had gone to learn contemporary dance.[8] 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.[8]


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
2009 Samaantar Rewa Marathi
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
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
2012 Tukaram Aavli Marathi
2013 Rupkatha Noy Sananda Bengali
2013 All in All Azhagu Raja Meenakshi Tamil
2014 Pendulum Nandita Bengali
2014 Legend Jaidev's cousin Telugu
2014 Postcard Gulzar Marathi
2014 Vetri Selvan Sujatha Tamil
2014 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
2015 Haram Isha Malayalam
2015 Hunterrr Tripti Gokhale Hindi
2015 Lion Sarayu Telugu
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 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]
2016 Madly Archana Hindi In the segment Clean Shaven
Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2016 Phobia Mehak Deo Hindi Winner, FOI Online Awards - Special Mention (Actress) [61]
2016 Kabali Kumudhavalli Tamil
2016 Ula Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
2016 The Field Film has yet to be released Radhika English Filming
2016 Bombairiya Film has yet to be released Meghna Hindi Filming
2017 Bhavesh Joshi Film has yet to be released TBA Hindi Filming
2017 The Ashram Film has yet to be released TBA English Filming

Short Films and Series[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2006 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"
2015 Ahalya Ahalya Bengali
2015 The Calling Shaheen English
2016 Kriti Dr. Kalpana Hindi


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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