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Radhika Apte: If I’m a director and my son wants to be an actor, why shouldn’t I launch him?

Radhika Apte is one strong headed woman. She is brutal, honest and never fails to voice her opinion on important matters. She is vocal about her thoughts and people love her for being unfiltered always. Needless to say, when she was recently asked about two major topics – nepotism and pays disparity, related to Bollywood, the AndhaDhun actress didn’t mince her words and gave a straight answer. In conversation with Mumbai Mirror, Apte opened up about nepotism, which has been the topic of discussion since the last two years.

Radhika said, “I don’t like the word outsider. If I’m a director and my son wants to be an actor, why shouldn’t I launch him? The industry today is a blend of both worlds. On one hand, there’s Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut who were not born into a film family but have made it big and then there are the star kids. I like that abroad you can go to drama school and then for auditions like everyone else for a role. It’s a fair playing ground there. With casting directors in Bollywood, things are changing here too.”

Apart from talking about nepotism, the actress even shared her thoughts on the pay disparity. Citing an example, she said, “If Salman Khan brings in Rs 200 crore and I bring in not even a crore, it’s obvious that he’ll be paid more since he is adding value to the box-office. I don’t dispute that but I have an issue with actors who don’t contribute to ticket sales. Hey, even the mother of a lead character is paid lesser than the father. That needs to change.”

Everyone has their own opinion and we respect that. On the work front, Radhika was last seen in The Wedding Guest with Jim Sarbh and Dev Patel. The film got mixed reviews from both critics and the audience. Her last Bollywood film was Bombariya. She featured in the movie with Siddhanth Kapoor, Akshay Oberoi, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Amit Sial, Ajinkya Deo and Shilpa Shukla.

Radhika Apte is also reported to be a part of Honey Trehan’s directorial debut, Raat Akeli Hai, which also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi.

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