15 minutes with Radhika Apte


15 minutes with Radhika Apte

For her second coming to Bollywood, the actor’s hit the ground running

By Arshie Chevalwala  July 14th, 2015

Her phone is ringing off the hook
Apte, who all but disappeared from the Hindi big screen after her luminous debut in Shor In The City in 2011, starred in Shriram Raghavan’s thriller Badlapur, opposite Varun Dhawan, earlier this year. This is followed by the rural drama Parched, an Indo-American project co-produced by Ajay Devgn, about the lives of four feisty village women who stage their own small wars for freedom (“I’m really excited by these strong female leads,” Apte says). And finally, the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Manjhi: The Mountain Man, based on a true story about an impoverished villager who moves a mountain for his love (Apte).

She’s bringing Trinity to India 
Post her Bollywood debut, she moved to London to pursue contemporary dance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (and to marry British musician Benedict Taylor). And now, she’s hoping to set up a dance camp in Mumbai to connect aspiring dancers “who would kill to learn dance of that calibre and so many teachers who would love to come to India to teach it.” 

She’s conquering TV
She plays conflicted widow and caretaker Binodini in Anurag Basu’s mini TV-series adaptation of Choker Bali, this month. “It’s going to be a real treat; Anurag shot it himself!” she says.

Manjhi: The Mountain Man releases on August 21

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