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‘Language should never be a barrier’

DNPUN11211 | 1/29/2009 | Author : PALLAVI KHARADE | WC :450

Says Radhika Apte who will be seen in a Bengali film. PALLAVI KHARADE reports

After making her mark in experimental theatre, actor Radhika Apte is now trying to create a niche for herself on the silver screen as well. Radhika, who is well-known for her roles in plays like Tu, Matra Ratra and Purnaviram, has recently played the lead in Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar’s Marathi film Gho Mala Asla Hava. She has also worked in Amol Palekar’s Samantar, Jatin Wagle’s Ek Marathi Manoos and in a Hindi movie titled Life Online directed by Akash Khurana.
 The budding actor will now be seen in a Bengali film Antheel directed by Aniruddha Roy. “I used to take part in Purushotam Karandak and other inter-collegiate competitions. Then I got the chance of working with noted director Mohit Takalkar for Tu and others like Pornaviram, Matra Ratra with the Aasakta theatre group,” she says.
Showcasing her talent in both a commercial Hindi play Kanyadan and an English play Bombay Duck, Radhika still prefers to work in experimental theatre, “Commercial theatre requires a lot of compromise as far as creativity is concerned. But, in experimental theatre one can take a lot of creative liberty and experiment whether it’s the design or the way we perform. This is not possible in commercial theatre.”
Radhika believes that cinema is a different medium altogether and so are its equations. Since a film is shot in small portions, an actor needs to be patient while doing it. “One has to carry forward the emotion from one take to another. In addition, unlike theatre there are no rehearsals for films. Fortunately, though Gho Mala Asla Hava was a commercial film, it was sensibly done. In fact there was a song in the film which I enjoyed doing,” she adds.
Antheel will give Radhika an opportunity to work with actors like Aparna Sen and Rahul Bose. “I play the character Brinda Roy Menon, a television journalist living in Kolkata, and Sen is playing the role of my colleague as well as of a friend. I learnt a lot from them, like how they study the role and camera presence among other things.”
And, did she face any problem while doing a non-Marathi film? “Language should never be a barrier. Since I couldn’t speak or understand Bengali, I was in awe of the language. But after attending a workshop I got comfortable with it. Since the director did not want a Marathi accent, my dialogues were dubbed. The whole experience of working in a new environment and culture was just amazing.”
Theatre will always remain a priority for Radhika who is presently busy with Mohit Talkalkar’s play Garbo, “I am giving my best to the play and would not be taking any projects till then.”


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