It’s Radhika Apte’s birthday today, and we are so excited because we love her so much. She’s probably one of the most versatile actresses our there; there is not one role that she cannot play. Sure, she may be Netflix’s sweetheart, but she deserves every bit of that title. Here are some of our favourite Radhika Apte Roles:
The only negative review I have of Andhadhun is that there just wasn’t enough Radhika Apte. Sofie is young, full of life, and the perfect girl-next-door. She doesn’t like fighting with Khurrana’s character, because “it gives her pimples”. With great dresses and even greater hair, Apte played the young, open-minded Sofie with such ease that she’s relatable to most of us. A fine performance.
Kumudhavalli , Kabali
Only Radhika Apte can share the screen with the one and only Rajnikanth, and still be the centre of the audience’s attention. In Kabali, Apte proved that Rajnikanth’s female costars don’t have to just be mute, young, pretty girls; they can be assertive, politically motivated, and just as rowdy as the men. Apte’s Kumudhavalli is an accurate portrayal of smart, young Tamil women, and Apte seamlessly fits into the narrative.
Anjali Mathur, Sacred Games
Sacred Games season 2 wasn’t the same without Anjali Mathur, right? A hard-ass, won’t-quit, highly intelligent risktaking RAW agent, Apte’s character is killed by the end of the season because of her own bravery/curiosity. However, her insights were imperative for the Gaitonde case to be cracked. She went from being just another female desk agent to a real, live action hero.
Radha, Raat Akeli Hai
Raat Akeli Hai is Netflix’s 2020 hit film, strring Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi and Shivani Raghuvanshi, to name a few. Apte plays the role of Radha, a soon-to-be-bride caught up in family politics and the police in small-town UP. She amazes us with her in-depth characterisation and intensity in bringing Radha to life.
Ahalya is just a dreamy, erotic, extremely intelligent film. Inspired from the story of Ahalya from the Ramayana, this short film, directed by Sujoy Ghosh, opened up thousands of conversations all around the world. Needless to say, Apte’s portrayal of the seductress left us all enchanted, mesmerised by her beauty and sharp mind, and a little bit turned on. Sigh. Only Radhika Apte has the talent to do all that.
Nida Rahim, Ghoul
Ghoul proved that there is no genre that Radhika Apte cannot excel at. This dystopian horror/thriller show drew from Arab folklore, politics and thriller to create a bone-chilling experience for the viewer. Radhika Apte plays Nida Rahim, a newly recruited military officer who is fiercely loyal to the state’s authoritarianism…at first. Rahim is fierce and bold, and her journey into realising the state’s hypocrisy, orders of violence and the supernatural element behind it all, is one that we all become part of.
Kalindi, Lust Stories
“Paagal ho, kya? Shaadi-shuda hoon main!” Kalindi exclaims at the end of the Anurag Kashyap-directed short film that was part of the Lust Stories anthology. Radhika Apte plays Kalindi: a delusional, anxiety-ridden, insecure woman, who often struggles with freedom — both having it, controlling it, and learning to live with it. She is a fantastically complex character, one we don’t find often in Hindi cinema, and only Apte could have played this force of a woman with such perfection. Kalindi is our fave!