Before the #MeToo movement started in India, Sacred Games actress Radhika Apte had made a shocking confession of how a south superstar had misbehaved with her on the sets of one of her early movies. The actress’ this confession got tongues wagging and many speculated about, which star had irked the petite beauty. And it seems like this was not the only awkward episode in Radhika’s career. The actress during her recent interaction with Neha Dhupia revealed shocking behaviour of a superstar and how she handled the tricky situation.
Radhika said on No Filter Neha, “I’m pretty no nonsense and it comes across quite obviously and this one was like a really big, big star. I had heard a lot of things about him. But on the set, I witnessed him spanking women left right and center. I freaked out and gave it back to him on the first day. He was extremely respectful from that day on. Older women, younger women, assistants of choreographers, he would just hold them by the waist when they’re crossing him and they’re just trying to escape.”
The actress also talked about another weird encounter, she said, “I don’t remember the name of the director because it was just an audition of a film that never happened. Oh my God, it was so dramatic. I came back from London and these guys said that they wanted to do a film, Vikram the south Indian actor is going to be in it, it’s going to be massive and it’s a period drama. So, they called me down south and said we’ll give you a hotel, you come here for one day, the director wants to audition you. I’m not even exaggerating okay, I’m not even joking, this is exactly what happened…this director was some asshole, I can’t even remember his name, they got me a room which was a bizarre room! It was such a cheap hotel, I could not believe. And I’ve not gone to south India or any industry where they’ve treated me like that.
The actress continued, “So, I go to them and said I need to go back tonight, I can’t stay here. Then the director came and said ‘just want to see you in different poses’. I said I don’t know what that means so he just showed me some dance poses, thankfully. And with him, a bunch of people came in the room, all men, with cameras. And they were like they’re going to click pictures and I couldn’t quite understand where this was going, what was happening. That got over and he said we have to get your measurements with masterji and again some 12 people came in and took my pictures in that little blouse and the period costume that they’d given me. They’re clicking pictures of me and I don’t even know where those pictures are! It wasn’t that anybody touched me or said anything sexual, it’s just that what was happening was not okay.” Also see: Ranveer Singh Needs a New Stylist According to Radhika Apte
While Radhika hasn’t named and shamed the actor, we bet that the gentleman would be already uncomfortable, fearing that his name would be added to the list of growing sexual offenders in tinsel town. After Tanushree Dutta taked about her harrowing experience with Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn OK Please, accusations have against Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Sajid Khan, Vipul Shah and many others surfaced. While some like Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan and Subhash Kapoor faced consequences, largely the movement has helped create better work environment for women.