Radhika Apte is one of those new gen of Bollywood stars for whom cinema isn’t just a means for stardom. With her acting skills resplendent in all depths of emoting, the diva in the block has mastered her craft in all its glory.
Someone who has never shied away from venturing into risky lands, taking up roles that aren’t just big but significant, focussing more on content than the glamour of showbiz. A Netflix muse, an exceptional talent across all genres of regional films and mainstream Bollywood, Radhika Apte is a star in her own might. Someone who has never been afraid to voice her opinion, resilient and daring, ambitious and free flowing, Apte however stays away from revealing too much about herself.
Here are some lesser known facts about the actress that will definitely leave you stunned-
The Radhika- Tusshar dating saga
Radhika Apte apparently once dated Tusshar Kapoor. It might be one of the weirdest thing to believe given the powerhouse of talent Radhika is. And Apte dating Tusshar, who is a nobody in Bollywood (apart from his surname) does not sound so apt! Though Radhika had quashed all such things as rumors and we so want to believe her, yet with news of their proximity doing the rounds at that time, it might as well have been a legit romance.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui had a crush on Radhika!
And while Apte dating Tusshar is indeed shocking news, what perhaps isn’t so shocking is that another of Bollywood’s unconventional actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui had a crush on his Manjhi co star. Given the head strong personality of Apte and her flawless aura, it’s not hard to imagine why men would fawn over the classy woman embodying talent.
Married to Benedict Taylor
What however remains as a much lesser known fact that Radhika Apte has been married since 2012. British musician Benedict Taylor who Apte met during her stint in London is the lucky man avowed to this lady. Music composer for projects like The Bright Day, Kiran Rao’s Ship of Theseus, Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl In Yellow Boots and Udta Punjab, Taylor married Apte after being in a live in relationship with her for quite some time.
A superb dancer
We all know how terrific an actor Radhika is. In her multiple cinematic ventures, this lady has awed us all with her tremendous histrionics. But while being an actor is what Radhika prides herself in, the power girl’s dancing moves are also enviable.
A trained Kathak dancer, Radhika also learned contemporary dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for a year. Under Kathak exponent Rohini Bhate, Apte learned the classical Indian dance for eight years. Her enrollment in learning contemporary dance in London however occurred when she decided to take a sabbatical from acting for some period of time.
Debuted way back in 2005 in Bollywood
While the critically acclaimed yet underrated Bollywood film Shor in the City has largely been touted to be the movie that showered Apte with all the accolades and brought her to the limelight, her Bolly debut happened much before that. In the Shahid Kapoor starrer film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi, Apte played the role of Kapoor’s sister. Technically then, her debut in tinsel town happened in 2005, six years before Shor in the City.
A scholarly actor
The daughter of Pune’s leading neurosurgeon and chairman of Sahyadri Hospital, Dr. Charudutt Apte, Radhika Apte is a scholar herself. With double bachelor degrees in Economics and Mathematics from the esteemed Fergusson College, Pune, Apte is the beauty with brains.
The polyglot of Bollywood
As a person who is skilled in numerous languages including Marathi, English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, Radhika Apte is the polyglot of Bollywood.
From theater to regional films to Bollywood
Radhika’s journey to the echelons of Bollywood’s A- listers has been a gradual process, much like for any other without any godfather in the industry. She started out with theater and acted in plays, before venturing into Marathi and other regional films before gaining a foothold in the Bollywood film industry.
An internationally acclaimed actor
Radhika Apte has been a phenomenal actor and has managed to prove her mettle in her roles over the years. But what remains a fact not many know is that Apte is the first actor of Indian origin to be awarded the Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature award at the Tribecca Film Festival in 2016. For a 20 minute segment in Anurag Kashyap’s Madly, Apte had the jury take note of her exemplary acting skills-
‘This award goes to an actress who has conveyed bravery and emotional depth in different relationships around her. A contemporary story that breaks through established culture.”
Casting couch experience
For an actor who has managed to make a mark in the film industry by sheer dint of talent and hard work, the casting couch prevalent in the industry had also been mitigated by Radhika Apte when she was a new entrant in Bollywood. Even in one of her weirdest audition encounters, Radhika had to have phone sex for ‘Dev D’.