Great coincidence, says Radhika Apte on being omnipresent on Netflix
The actor was being trolled on social media for frequently featuring in the Indian projects of Netflix
Radhika Apte, who is being trolled on social media for frequently featuring in the Indian projects of Netflix, feels her association with the streaming platform has been overblown. She had three releases — Lust Stories, Sacred Games and Ghoul — this year on Netflix.
Twitterati started targeting the Kabali actor when the trailer of Ghoul, Netflix India's first horror mini-series, got unveiled in July. One user wrote: "Radhika Apte is to Netflix what Alia Bhatt is to Dharma."
Asked about her long association with Netflix, Radhika said, "It has not really been that long. Sacred Games was the only series that I knew was a Netflix original series. Lust Stories and Ghoul were not associated with Netflix when I shot them. So these three projects coming at the same time is just a great coincidence."
She went on to add, "But it's great that Netflix came on board and they decided to make it into a mini-series. I am so glad that it is a mini-series and not a film because there are certain things that (director) Patrick Graham really wanted to have in the project, which would have been difficult to include in a film. I am so pleased that we could add that and make it into series."
Radhika feels that for a project like Ghoul, it's better to have the streaming platform on board as it has a wide reach. "I think it will be appreciated in other places as well as in India. I think it will have a longer life. I am really happy," she said.
Netflix India has also backed the actor by releasing a spoof video titled Omnipresent, and captioning it: "Whatever the role, Radhika apt hai." The 'Radflix original film' Omnipresent has Radhika playing multiple roles, and mentions that she has also written, directed and provided the music for it.
In the video, she says: "Vik (Ghoul producer Vikramaditya Motwane) calls me one day and says, 'Radhika, what if you play every character in this film?' That got my attention. Because that is a challenge I could not turn down."
Netflix India also posted another tweet, saying: "Pad Man is now streaming and we're not just saying this because Radhika Apte is in it. But yes, Radhika Apte is in it."