“I just can’t cope with it."
Radhika Apte likes to stay away from Bollywood’s glitz and glamour because she does not understand its superficial nature and reluctance to accept ageing.
She said: “One of the most challenging things of my career has been accepting rejection, which is a constant and still a part of my life.
“That’s fine because freelancers always get rejected constantly.”
She went on to express her dismay at her colleagues undergoing cosmetic surgery to combat ageing.
“What I’m really struggling with is (people unable) to combat age, especially in the industry with people going through surgeries.
“I know so many of my colleagues who have gone through so many surgeries to change their faces and bodies.
“I just can’t cope with it. And I don’t see a lot of people standing up for it or standing against it.
“In fact, (there are) people (from the industry) who talk about body positivity themselves and they have gone through so many things (done).
“I am a bit tired of that and I find it very, very challenging (to accept).”
After completing the filming of Vikram Vedha, Radhika has returned to London.
Opening up about her time in London, Radhika said:
“London makes me less anxious, less insecure. It constantly reminds me of what it is that I really want to do, and what are my priorities.
“So, the distance (from the industry) always helps.
“Life here is very diverse. It gets quite tiring in Mumbai because it’s all about meeting the industry people.”
After 17 years in Bollywood, Radhika Apte is certain that she is not willing to compromise.
“I have become less able to compromise. I’m a bit tired and bored of doing things that I don’t really agree with, or saying great things about something that I don’t think is great.
“I’m tired of doing small talk with people, attending unnecessary parties and unnecessarily just being there in front of people. I’m just tired of all of that.”
Radhika has been on a career break as the acting offers have not been “inspiring”.
“The content which is coming to me has not been very inspiring lately… I am taking a break because I’m just not sure what I want to do.
“In the next couple of months. I’ll decide what I want to do.”
Despite her break, Radhika Apte has the likes of Forensic: The Truth Lies Within releasing in June 2022.