Slamming the controversy surrounding the leak of lovemaking scenes from her movie “Parched”, actor Radhika Apte has said that such incidents do not affect her anymore.
Opening up on The Buck Stops Here, Apte spoke to Barkha Dutt about the video that went viral and her opinions about the misogynistic attitude of the society.
The leak from “Parched” was the second time something like this was happening to her, she said. The first was when a similar scene was leaked from “Clean Shaven”, a film for which she won the best actress award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
What took her aback even more was the way the behaviour of the media. Apte was hounded for four days by journalists who asked her “pointless” questions.
“I was really shocked and I couldn’t believe that people were making it bigger and bigger and they had no sensitivity of any sorts,” she told Dutt.
However, this time, a producer informed her about the scenes from “Parched” having been leaked.
“And he (the producer) sent me the clip with smiley faces, laughing faces. So I pitied him and this time to my surprise I was just not affected at all,” she said.
Apte added that she felt no reason to be angry because she is very comfortable with her body and “the more it happens to me I realise that it is making me more and more comfortable in my skin.”
She also said that nude scenes were very much a part of the creative process and she was comfortable doing them when the script genuinely required it.
Her co-star from the film, actor Adil Hussain, who was also present on the show pointed out the irony of the scenes going viral stating that the film exactly highlighted such mindset.
Pointing out the sexism, Hussain had earlier told “The most interesting aspect is that the leaked videos is titled as Radhika Apte sex scene and not as Adil Hussain sex scene. That’s because a man doing it is just another matter, whereas when a woman does it, it does matter. It is only then when it becomes a sex scene. It also shows the patriarchal society that we live in. In the West, such scenes are normally shown in their films.”
Two intimate scenes from “Parched”- one featuring Adil and Radhika and the other featuring Radhika and Tannishtha Chatterjee- were leaked and went viral online.
The internationally acclaimed movie has been produced by Ajay Devgn and Aseem Bajaj, and directed by Leena Yadav. The movie revolves around the lives of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki in rural Gujarat and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.