Radhika Apte: I was offered a sex comedy after I did Badlapur

Radhika Apte is one of the rare ones who doesn’t mince her words before being candid. Recently, the Padman actress revealed that soon after she did Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur, where, in a scene, her character stripped in order to save her husband, she started getting offers of sex comedies. At We the Women event, Radhika Apte, opened up how the industry slotted and stereotyped her as a “seductress” after that particular scene in Badlapur. When the show host Barkha Dutt, asked Radhika, the kind of films she has declined, the actress said, “Comedy franchise films and sex comedies. I was offered a sex comedy after I did Badlapur.”

Radhika then went on to add, “Because I stripped and I had done a short film, Ahalya, they said ‘you are constantly playing the role of a seductress.’ I said, ‘can you tell me where’? They said Ahalya and Badlapur. I have been rejecting so much work. I don’t know if it is good for me or no.”

The actress also revealed how the misogynistic culture in Bollywood affects her. “I don’t think they are talking about equality on many occasions. I don’t find myself in agreement with a lot of people. It is isolating. I sometimes wonder whether I am a bitter, cynical person or am I not getting something,” Radhika said, adding further, “I feel people, in the name of ‘progressive’, write anything. Hating men is not being progressive, for example. It’s a storytelling medium, but as a director, writer, you are interpreting something. Your interpretation, perspective is the most important thing for me. I can play a male chauvinist, but as a perspective, what do you show is most important. If I disagree with the perspective and interpretation of the maker, then I don’t do the film.”




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