'Surgery Rates Were Growing & I Couldn't Deal With The Hypocrisy': Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte is all set to star opposite Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in Pushkar-Gayathri's 'Vikram Vedha'.

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Actor Radhika Apte speaks to The Quint about her relationship with her work, her new priorities, what she'd like to change about Bollywood, and more.

Talking about how she views work now versus when she was a beginner in the industry, she shares, "After COVID, my priorities have changed. I don't want to work for the sake of working." The Phobia actor also admits, "Right now, I feel quite saturated."

"I'm saying no to a lot of work, which is very scary. I'm trying to be brave and actually, I'm happier."

On being asked if it's been difficult breaking the mold created by her previous roles to receive more commercially viable work, she responds, "Not really, actually. I've been offered big commercial films before; not too many, but a few. And I didn't want to even entertain or engage because I didn't appreciate the content."

"Whatever we do, we have a responsibility. And I don't want to be a part of something that I'm really, really against as a person. I just cannot do it, I cannot sell my soul."

Sharing her thoughts on whether she feels the pressure of being in a rat race in the industry, Radhika Apte confesses, "I was in the rat race for sure, though I never wanted to. For the past years, I was working relentlessly trying to be visible and it really burnt me out."

"During COVID, I was so happy to not do anything. Then I realized that I don't work because I love the work; I work because others are working."

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