She is expected to be the next big thing. After highly praised performances in Manjhi --The Mountain, Hunterrr, and Ahalya, Radhika Apte is looking forward to the next phase of her career with the Rajinikant starrer Kabali and Pawan Kriplani’s Phobia.
Your new film is called Phobia. How aware are you of this medical term, phobia?
In the world, and in our country, people are not aware of phobias. They don’t know it’s a disorder, a proper biological condition that requires treatment. At least, depression is recognised a lot more today but these phobias are not. When someone has a panic attack, people often say ‘What is happening to him … is he going mad?’ A psychologist told me that a panic attack is like a fever; when it comes to you, your body starts reacting. You can’t help it. It’s neurological, biological. People need to be more aware of that.
Do you have any personal experience with phobias?
I have had panic attacks sometimes and I am sure you must’ve had them too. I have a friend who has panic disorder. I have friends whom I have grown up with. I know this disorder very well. I come from a doctor’s family, my father is a neurosurgeon.
That prior knowledge must have helped. But what kind of other research did you do for Phobia?
A friend of mine helped me a lot with the research. I also read a couple of books and saw a lot of videos to understand what happens when you get a panic attack. The descriptions were very helpful.