T he year 2012 has been treating Radhika Pandit well. She has had six releases this year and the feedback she is getting from each film is quite encouraging, she says.
“This year I played diverse roles. I started with Alemari where I looked totally Indian in a salwar kameez; then came 18th Cross where I had a young and fresh role. Soon, Addhuri followed in which I was in a glam avatar and it continued till Drama," said Radhika, proving critics wrong who felt that the actress was meant to do only homely characters.
But according to her, this doesn't mean that she now wants to project herself as a glamour queen.
"I work on the characters and not how I look in the film. The director of Drama wanted me in a flirtatious look. I was instructed to look a certain way, which I just worked on," she said.
Addhuri has been declared the superhit movie of the year.
"A subject which had just two characters — Dhruv Sarja and me and we could carry the whole movie quite well. The film received a great opening and ran successfully. Drama has also created lot of buzz after its release,"
Having played six different subjects, Radhika has managed not to stick to any particular genre. "Addhuri was a romantic love story while Drama was a murder mystery with lot of comedy. The audience appreciates a good film and is not really bound by a particular genre. Drama is one such example. Apart from the dialogues from Yograj Bhat, the entire team performed well," she said.
The start of 2013 will see Radhika in contrasting roles. "In Kaddipudi, I play a junior artist who is a very simple girl coming from a middle class family. What is more challenging is that I am part of the Suri and Shivarajkumar combo, with whom I am working for the first time. Secondly, my looks will take me back to Krishnan Love Story," she revealed.
The nature of films, she has done so far has carried lot of weightage. Having recently won a title for herself, Radhika will also be known as Sagara Kanye. "I feel blessed when everybody appreciates. I am not sure about being in the top but it feels good when your work talks. It is really nice and encouraging, which only inspires me to get better each year," she said. Like the heroes, even this heroine is welcomed with whistles as she now has a huge fan following.
“The audiences have become intelligent and they now appreciate both the hero and the heroine, which make actresses like us even stronger," she concluded.