Radhika Madan Curated

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  • You’ve spoken about learning how to milk cows and virtually adopting the village life to prep for Pataakha. What was your toughest day at work?

    We actually stayed at Charan Singh Ji's house. He’s the writer of Do Behnein, the book from which Pataakha is adapted. We were there for seven days. We used to wake up at 4 in the morning with the ladies there, we used to give the chara to the bhains, we used to pick up the gobar, make uplas of it. We used to fetch the water, bathe the buffaloes. And all of this, we did so we could become used to all of it, so it becomes second nature and should look effortless in the film. The village women didn’t know how to speak Hindi. They were speaking in their own dialect and that’s how our own dialect got polished. It wasn’t the toughest, but the most emotionally draining scene was the climax. I can’t talk about it much, but the whole team got very emotional because it was the last day on set.

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  • How did you get Vasan Bala to see past that and cast you in an indie film on martial arts?

    I think he saw one of my dance videos on YouTube where I was doing hip-hop. I have no idea where he found it. He didn’t see any of my television work. He just saw my video and then he saw my audition and then he was like, ‘I really want to take this girl’. And when he saw how I looked at the show, he was shocked. He said, ‘This is not you!’

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  • You’ve been a part of a big TV show. You also have your own app through which you can interact with fans. Did you at any point feel, I have a good thing going, why should I start from scratch and audition?

    Not at all, I really believe that one should audition for their part. If I am a producer, why would I want to invest in someone who doesn’t audition? They might have a body of work but I’ve not seen them as this character. I would want to invest money in him or her only when I see whether that person has the ability to perform as the character. I feel you learn so much from an audition. It gives you confidence and tells you whether you will be able to perform that role or not. I was doing the show for the past one-and-a-half year and I really wanted to take a break, to unlearn whatever I had learned or what was taught to me. I wanted to unlearn everything so that my bucket was empty and I could fill it with stuff and I could explore more layers of acting. So I took a break and meanwhile I started giving auditions. Actually, auditions came my way. So I was giving film auditions and web auditions and then I cracked Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.

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  • You mentioned having to unlearn things – could you elaborate?

    I approached whatever was offered to me as a newcomer. For Pataakha also, I went in feeling like a newcomer. So I think that works for me when I don’t act as I know acting. I always try to enter like a clean slate so I can adapt to whatever the director or team is doing.

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  • What did you learn from the whole process of auditioning and doing the rounds of casting directors?

    I lost out on one of my dream projects because I was too concerned with how I was looking and I wasn’t concerned with how I was performing. It was the worst audition – it was the only bad audition I’ve given in my life. And when I came back home, I was like, ‘Why did I give such a bad audition?’ And I realized it was because I was too into how I was looking and I just didn’t think about my character. So from that day, I made a promise to myself – that I’m just going to enjoy the audition process, I’m just going to have a blast there and I won’t care what happens otherwise. In the process, I will learn something even if I don’t crack the part.

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  • If there was one person you were most keen to share screen space and interact with, who would you pick?

    If I had to pick, it would be Irrfan Sir and Kareena Kapoor. I’ve been a great fan of hers from the very beginning and Irrfan Sir is a legend in his profession.

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  • Irfan khan was coming back from a long hiatus because of his illness. What was he like on the set of Angrezi Medium?

    We didn’t really pay too much attention to his illness... it was between him and Homi. We all were, of course, sensitive to the situation in terms of scheduling the scenes and everything. He didn’t show anybody onset that he was going through a lot. It never affected us as actors and the environment on set was always so positive and vibrant. It’s the coolest set I’ve ever been to.

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  • Were you intimidated by any of them?

    When the thing is happening to me, at that point I don’t realize it... it doesn’t hit me. But after a while, it does, that I’ve done something. With Pataakha as well, it didn’t hit me that I’m working with Vishal Bhardwaj. Here as well, I was watching the trailer with Homi and the last 10 seconds are just the names... it’s like Irrfan Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madan and it just went on. And I had tears in my eyes because I realised I’m living my dream. I had just done a film with my dream actors and dream team.

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  • Did you turn vegan for the film "Angrezi Medium"?

    I think it was when I was discovering the character Tarika. Food really affects your thinking process and I was looking to channel a 17-year-old’s unadulterated mind... I wanted to see the world through her eyes. I’ve been to London before but wanted to be able to see London for the first time with new eyes and that required quite a process. In removing these experiences from my eyes and removing the greys from the black and white, it naturally came to me to avoid meat and I organically became vegan. It really helped me in the thought process of Tarika. That is one thing I’ve kept with me, and I am vegan now.

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  • With every film, you become more of a known face and it’s not just your actions that people are focused on. Is there anything you’ve found hard, or had to adjust to in terms of what is required of you as a rising star?

    I don’t like dressing up. If it were up to me, I’d step out in my shorts and Ganji and chappals. The maxima I’d wear are my white shirt and my blue shorts and my shades and I’d step out. But I don’t think I can do that anymore. I hate wearing make-up, I hate doing my hair. With events and everything, you dress up so much that you get exhausted. So, whenever I go to Delhi, I’m in my dad’s oversized shirt and torn shorts. My mom’s friends come home and say, ‘This is the heroine?!’ (Laughs) As for the rising star thing, I want to get the respect of my audience for my work. I just want to offer them a different flavor of me with every project and then gain stardom. I don’t want to be an overnight, looking pretty, promotional song success. I just want to offer my work to them and then if they respect me, that will have longevity.

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  • What was it like working with Kareena?

    She was super sweet to me. I remember I was shivering before I met her. I think that really hit me, that I was meeting Kareena Kapoor! I also have a video of it. But she was so sweet with me, so kind. She also never made me feel like she’s such a big star and spoke to me with so much warmth. It was amazing.

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  • Do you remember the first time you met Irrfan?

    I met him first at a reading and at that moment I didn’t address him with a ‘Hi’ or ‘Hello Sir’. I saw him and just went, ‘Hi Papa.’ He just hugged me and said, ‘It’s you.’ He was so sweet with me and I didn’t feel like I was working with an international star. He’s so warm and kind and will do the lines with you as much as you want. He’s very supportive and will guide you through the scene. It was the easiest shoot because I didn’t have to do much... I just had to react to his brilliance.

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  • What are the items in your wardrobe you swear by?

    My blue pair of jeans and my favorite sunglasses.

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  • What are the items in your wardrobe you swear by?

    My blue pair of jeans and my favorite sunglasses.

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  • What are the items you tend to overbuy?

    Clothes.

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  • What is your favorite style of jeans?

    All kinds. Normal jeans, high-waisted, flared jeans.

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  • What is the finest fashion advice you have received?

    Don’t pretend to be somebody you are not.

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  • What is the finest fashion advice?

    Just be yourself.

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  • What is your favorite color?

    White.

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  • Who is your favorite designer?

    Sabyasachi.

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  • What’s the most precious thing in your wardrobe?

    My white shirts. I love wearing white shirts.

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  • What do you wear when you want to feel sexy?

    I can feel sexy in anything. It’s not about what you wear, it's about how you feel.

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  • How do you see your career taking off post-Pataakha?

    I am just waiting for something to excite me. After doing two unconventional films, I don't have it in my head that now, I should do a commercial film. I am happy with what I am doing (laughs). I just want to act.

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  • How do you see your career taking off post-Pataakha?

    I am just waiting for something to excite me. After doing two unconventional films, I don't have it in my head that now, I should do a commercial film. I am happy with what I am doing (laughs). I just want to act.

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  • Any celebrities whom you look up to in the industry?

    Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt. They are so good and inspiring. Radhika Apte is so good. Vicky Kaushal is such a nice actor.

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  • Do you have a wishlist when it comes to actors?

    I want to work with Ranveer Singh, for sure. No doubt about it.

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  • Do you have any inhibitions as an actor?

    Nothing. As an actor, I feel you should do everything onscreen. You should translate into a different person altogether.

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  • Vasan Bala and Vishal Bhardwaj are two of the brightest talents in our country. How different is their approach towards films?

    In a way, they are very similar. They are both are very open and easy to work with. They give you the kind of freedom and are open to suggestions. It's ironical but they are pretty similar in their approach towards films.

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  • Did you ever think of making your debut with an out-and-out commercial film where she gets to play the quintessential heroine?

    I was always told that I have a commercial face and was told that I should take up commercial films. But these things just happened to me. I didn't choose it. Instead, it chose me. I had gone to audition for a commercial film but ended up bagging Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota. I am just thankful for it because it has changed me as a person. As an actor, I feel I want to do so much now.

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  • Did you always aspire to be an actress or it had to do something with destiny?

    I always wanted to star. I used to give autographs from the age of seven. I still remember back then, I used to autograph the last pages of my friends' notebooks and tell them that later they might have to queue up for the same (laughs). My show Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi was quite popular. One of my school friends sent me a picture of the back of his notebook with my autograph on it on Whatsapp saying, Thank God, he got it before.' At that time, I got so emotional. The acting was never a planned move for me. It was always a destiny for me.

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  • How did Pataakha happen to you?

    I was shooting for Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota. In December, I got a call from the casting team saying, 'This is the script, come and meet us.' So, I just went for it and auditioned. They were like, " Something is very interesting about you and we'll get in touch with you in May." So, I wrapped up Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota Hain and went to Goa to celebrate. On the second day, the casting team got in touch with me saying Vishal Sir wanted to meet me. I was given four scenes and told that they're locking the cast in two days. I ended up rehearsing my scenes at the airport. People were actually making videos of it. They thought I had done something bizarre in Goa. But, I didn't care because I had to make myself used to the dialect. From there, I landed straight to this office, gave the audition and that's how I cracked it.

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  • How did this film " Angrezi Medium" happen to you?

    I had to audition for it. Back in 2018, I had just finished Pataakha. I was playing a rural girl with a kid in that film. So all credit goes to producer Dinesh Vijan for envisioning me as a seventeen-year-old in Angrezi Medium. Personally, I prefer to audition for all my roles. It gives me the confidence that I can pull off apart. And it’s fair for producers to demand auditions as well. If an actor like Ryan Gosling can do it, who are we to say no?

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  • How did this film " Angrezi Medium" happen to you?

    I had to audition for it. Back in 2018, I had just finished Pataakha. I was playing a rural girl with a kid in that film. So all credit goes to producer Dinesh Vijan for envisioning me as a seventeen-year-old in Angrezi Medium. Personally, I prefer to audition for all my roles. It gives me the confidence that I can pull off apart. And it’s fair for producers to demand auditions as well. If an actor like Ryan Gosling can do it, who are we to say no?

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  • How did you prepare for the part in the Angrezi Medium?

    This was my toughest role yet. Tarika is a timid, quiet person who wants to move abroad. I couldn’t relate to her beyond a point. So I went to Udaipur and hung out with teenage girls studying there. They’d pick me up in scooties and show me around. I observed how they speak — which was a mix of English and local accents. I also studied their thought processes, what do they think about moving to London or making boyfriends. At some point during the prep, I stopped eating meat and went vegan. It helped me tap into Tarika’s unadulterated mind.

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  • Thousands of students move each year from India to the UK. How closely does the film Angrezi Medium explore this situation?

    You will see a lot of the realities in the film. We’ve captured the fascination that Indian students have with studying abroad and how it affects them and their families. In small-towns, this fascination begins with an obsession with fair-skinned people. Children assume their lives are set once they move to another country. They don’t understand why. Our education systems aren’t drastically different. The film captures their aspirations through an emotional, wholesome story.

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  • Angrezi Medium was Irrfan’s first film after undergoing cancer treatment. What was the mood like on set?

    We were really conscious and used to work according to his health. We’d always prioritise his scenes and wrap up early. We took it one day at a time, since nobody knew if we would finish this film. But his love and his passion for his art drove him and us. He didn’t let our spirits droop for a moment. It was the coolest set ever. Everybody used to laugh and have fun. It’s only when I saw the trailer that I cried my heart out.

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