With the heated debate on nepotism and star kids raging like wild fire, it’s imperative to hear every facet of the story and make draw well-informed decisions rather than merely rushing blindfolded to take sides and be swayed by certain vested interests. In such a scenario, we, the media, play a very important and responsible role in helping those with a keen interest in Bollywood news to draw fair and smart conclusions. Recently, BollywoodLife conducted an exclusive interview with Radhika Madan, where the actress succinctly rationalised where she stands on nepotism in the film industry while also revealing the films she has lost and how she ended bagging the ones that she got.
Opening up on the never-ending outsiders vs star kids debate in Bollywood, Radhika Madan said, “Your job is to just ask for the audition, that is it. I literally went to the producers and asked them to let me audition. And that’s how I got roles, that’s how I got Pataakha, that’s how I got Angrezi (Angrezi Medium). I literally went and said, ‘Can I audition?’ That is the most outsiders can do. You need to stop cribbing and start working on yourself. There’s a situation, accept it and move on. Will it change? I don’t know. In the meantime though, can we just utilise this time by not complaining and working on ourselves. The issues has been put out, yes. I’m not denying it, let’s not run away from it. I’m not saying to not address the issue, it has been addressed. Everybody is aware, All I’m saying is to not put all your energies into it, but rather, work on yourself.”
Speaking on what she did when there were no films in her kitty, the actress added, “Mard was shelved was for like one-and-a-half years so what could i do? I didn’t have anything on my plate during that time, then I didn’t crib during that time. Instead, and I sat and worked on myself. I told myself, ‘Yaar. Radhika, after this, you’re not going to get time later, so how much you can learn now, learn. So i learned different crafts. I started painting, I started watching films that I hadn’t watched before, I continued with my martial-arts training, which helped me in the film (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota) because the film had suddenly begun and there was not much time then, so thankfully I got time to practice my martial arts. I learned so many things; it’s about how you see it, what you became a person.”
Revealing that she had lost a major film due to no fault other than hers, she stated, “I did audition for Dharma. I gave them the worst audition of myself because I was so scared. I auditioned for Student of the Year, but I had got fever and performed and I gave the worst audition of my life. So, I won’t blame a Dharma for not casting me. It was my call, I got an opportunity, but I didn’t perform and tagged myself out.”
On a passing note, Radhika concluded, “We should all just work on the craft and plan to take the industry to the next level. There’s no point of in-fighting. Just take things to the next level and that’s what my aim is. Just focus on your work and our industry should keep rising.”
Well, that’s a proverbial outsider in Bollywood putting the nepotism debate where it belongs. Hope our readers learn something from what she said.
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