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Radhika says she got typecast in sari-clad roles, reveals why she still did Padman

Deccan Chronicle| Uma Ramasubramanian

Published on: March 17, 2018 | Updated on: March 18, 2018

It's not that I made choices that I don't want to be typecast, so I wouldn't do a role. Otherwise I wouldn't do a Pad Man.

Radhika Apte and Akshay Kumar.

Radhika Apte and Akshay Kumar.

She’s known to speak her heart out, and is great with picking exciting roles on screen, but Radhika Apte believes that despite all her efforts, she did get typecast in the Hindi film industry. 

She says, "After Shor in the City, I was getting only roles of sari-clad characters. Nikkhil Advani (director) was the first person who came to me and said ‘I am going to cast you in that conventional glamorous part, because people think you can’t do that’." Nikkhil roped in Radhika to play an elegant woman in Baazaar, which is set to release shortly. 

But the sari-clad role wasn’t the only part she was getting typecast in. "People do have a very particular mindset. After I did Ahalya (short film) and Phobia, I was getting only thrillers," she says. 

But Radhika, who is currently enjoying the success of Pad Man, says she doesn’t consciously refuse movies to fall out of the rut of being put in a mould. 
"It’s not that I made choices that I don’t want to be typecast, so I wouldn’t do a role. Otherwise I wouldn’t do a Pad Man, in which I’m playing a sari-clad role again. I don’t think about it, I think about whether there’s an interesting subject." 

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