As an actress, she has essayed several characters that are off the beaten path. Last year, Radhika Apte turned writer-filmmaker with the short film, The Sleepwalkers, which featured Shahana Goswami and Gulshan Devaiah. Talking about what led her to write and direct, Radhika says, “I had never thought of making films. There was no such plan. I just had the urge to write because sometimes you want to create content that challenges you. Roles that come your way are not necessarily from the space that you want them to come from. I just wanted to write something that interested me. There are things that I passionately want to do. When I bounced off the story to Honey Trehan and Abhishek Chaubey, they decided to make it. I had 10 days for the prep and shoot. When I finished writing, I realised I didn’t want to act in it, but I wanted to direct it. And, I absolutely loved the process.”
Radhika shares, “As a director, the responsibility on your shoulders is huge. Someone has put in their money, which they could lose because you didn’t do your job well. So, directing is scary, but it’s equally rewarding.”
After spending a large part of 2020 in London, Radhika is now back in India for her upcoming film.