The tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput has once again reignited the debate on nepotism in the entertainment industry. Actress Radhika Madan, also an outsider who marched her way to success with her performances and choices of films, has spoken about the issue as well. In an exclusive interview given to Bollywood Life, Radhika talked about nepotism in the industry and also talked about her experiences in the film industry.
About the never-ending outsiders vs star kids debate, Radhika 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 have 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.”
Talking about the time when she didn’t have movies in her kitty, she said,
“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 a 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.”
Radhika concluded by saying,
“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.”
Good on her for keeping it positive and working hard to achieve her goals!