Name: Radhika Apte
Birthday: 7th September 1985
Known For: Radhika Apte has featured in films of seven different languages so far and is known for her strong theatre background.
Weight: 50 kgs
Debut Film: Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Benedict Taylor
Relationships: Tusshar Kapoor (Rumoured), Benedict Taylor
Awards: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Award for Best Actress, iReel Award for Best Breakthrough Artist, Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film
Radhika Apte is an Indian actress, who works predominantly in Hindi films, and has appeared in a few Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, and English-language films. Apte first appeared with a small role in the Hindi film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! in 2005. 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 National award-winning Bengali film Antaheen along with Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore, and Rahul Bose.
In 2009, Apte had her first Indian release, KBC productions’ Gho Mala Asla Hava by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar. 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 Indian Manoos, Akash Khurana’s Life Online, and Amol Palekar’s Indian 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. On returning from London, Apte was offered a role in a large blockbuster production Hindi film but was (in her words) kicked out of it, because they felt she was too fat to be in that film.
In 2011, Apte appeared in the anthology film I Am and in Shor in the City under EktaKapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures. She worked for the third time with the Bhave-Sukthankar duo on Ha Bharat Majha in 2012. Her two other 2012 releases were Tukaram in Marathi and Dhoni. 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. Radhika Apte’s first four 2014 releases were Postcard, Pendulum, Legend, and Vetri Selvan in three languages – Bengali, Telugu, and Tamil, respectively—after which another film of hers, Lai Bhaari, was released. Legend and Lai Bhaari were a 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. 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.
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. 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”.
In 2016, Apte appeared in Leena Yadav’s highly-acclaimed, Parched. In late August, two more Hindi films of her, Ketan Mehta’s critically acclaimed biogeographical film Manjhi – The Mountain Man, and KaunKitne Paani Mein released a week apart. Her next film was the Tamil gangster drama Kabali. Upon the release, her performance received positive feedback from critics, and the film proved to be a major commercial success as well.
In 2018, Apte co-starred with Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor in R. Balki’s comedy-drama Pad Man. In 2019, Radhika Apte had a role in Chithiram Pesuthadi 2, The Wedding Guest, The Ashram, A Call to Spy. Her latest movie, Raat Akeli Hai, was in 2020.
Other than films, Radhika Apte is also known for her work in television and web series. The actress has appeared in Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Sacred Games, Ghoul, OK Computer and is set to appear in the upcoming series, Shantaram.
Controversy: Radhika Apte was met with controversy after criticising the Telugu film industry for being ‘patriarchal’ and ‘male chauvinist’. She also commented on how the actresses were not treated well in the film industry.
Latest News: Radhika Apte recently made the news after she revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic has made her question her film choices. Apte said that she now selects film projects which make her feel challenged.
Latest Movies: Raat Akeli Hai
Latest Series: OK Computer
Upcoming Movies: Vikram Vedha