Actress Radhika Apte has dabbled in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, and Hindi film industries and is duly experienced in the workings of every region. Along with her diverse range of work in films, Radhika is extremely eloquent when it comes to her statements. The outspoken actress has presented her balanced opinions on various occasions. Here’s a list of 5 quotes by the actress that you can’t miss.
On wage disparity
Radhika added her voice to the fight for wage equality for women when she noted that her male friends get paid three times more than her. She said, “There is a lot of inequality. I’m friends with all my contemporaries. I know who gets paid what. My male friends get three times more pay than me. We have so many male superstars, but there are just a few female actors who have attained that status. It is not only because of the industry, it’s in the society. If films starring Deepika or Priyanka will start working like a Salman Khan movie, we will start having female superstars. People still can’t digest the fact or imagine that a female actor can be a superstar.”
On Pakistani artists in India
In the wake of surgical strikes conducted by the Indian army on Pakistan, there was widespread chatter about banning Pakistani artists in India. Radhika offered her take on the issue as well as she said, “I think if a Swiss watch can come to the country and have their own corporate stores, a Pakistani actor should come here and do a film here in India.”
On casting couch
Bollywood has been plagued by the evil of casting couch for many years and a lot of film personalities have spoken out against it. Radhika also spoke about how she knows many people who have faced the infamous situation. She said, “I know a lot of casting couch and I know a lot of people who have gone through it. I genuinely haven’t gone through it. I’m fortunate that I’ve never met people who have asked me to.”
On her intimate scenes from ‘Parched’ being leaked online
Radhika has had to face her share of controversies surrounding leaks of footage from her films. Most notably is the instance when an intimate scene from her last film ‘Parched’ found its way online, Radhika laughed off the whole incident. She was quoted saying, “When some of my intimate scenes from Parched were leaked online, I learned about it while having breakfast with my husband. I was expecting this to happen anyway, and we both laughed it off. Why should people who don’t matter to me have a say in my life or my decisions? It is not about people’s perception of you, but about your own growth, both as a human being and as an artist.”
On the importance of not letting menstruation get in the way of doing things
Radhika, who will be seen in ‘Padman’, a film on Arunachalam Muruganantham, who introduced low-cost sanitary pad making machines, spoke about the importance of stepping out during menstruation at an event earlier this year. She said, “”I think that it is crucial because the constant reminder when you are chumming that ‘I am on period’ does stop you from doing certain things.