Radhika Madan, popular TV actor who was the lead in hit soap opera ‘Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi’ says that shifting to films was a tough decision but she did not step back once she made the final call. She signed Vasan Bala’s ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ and just after that she got Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Patakha’. Reportedly, Patakha is her second film but is releasing first.
“My priority was never money. After giving a hit show, you’ll get huge amount of money for your second show. If I wanted to earn, I would have stayed in it for a year more. But I believe in creative satisfaction more than money. After the show got over, I really wanted to take a break because I was doing it for more than a year. I was getting a lot of offers even before my show got over and I was offered good money. But I needed to take a break and rediscover myself as an actor,” Radhika quoted.
Pataakha is based on Charan Singh Pathik’s short story “Do Behnein” and features Radhika and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles. Radhika underwent several workshops with Bhardwaj and Charan Singh to get the dialect. They then went to the village and did the daily chores—cook food on a chulha, make cow dung cakes—for about a week.
Radhika says, “When we first heard the locals, the dialect was difficult to understand. It went over our heads. It took us two-three days to become familiar. We used to sing songs and dance like them every night post dinner. We went through that process so that it looks organic.”
Radhika was asked how does it feel to be in a Vishal Bhardwaj film, she said: “It feels surreal to be a part of a Vishal Bhardwaj film. It’s so dreamy, it is yet to sink in. When I saw myself on the big screen in the trailer and the songs, the realisation that ‘oh I’m there’ dawned upon. But otherwise, I still can’t believe.”
The film is all set to hit the theatres on 28th September 2018.
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