After having a successful run in Bollywood, Radhika Apte head out to make waves internationally. Stepping into Hollywood with the upcoming film Liberte: A Call to Spy, the star has been spending most of her time overseas. Based on real-life events from World War II, the forthcoming venture has been one of Apte’s most challenging roles and sees her in the character of British spy Noor Inayat Khan, who was the first female wireless operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance and was Britain's first Muslim war heroine.
Speaking about it, the AndhaDhun star revealed she had a lot of research and strenuous rehearsals to do to get into her role. Apte stated, “I believe that preparing for a character includes almost all aspects of acquiring knowledge — information about the subject, reading up extensively about the story in question and even related stories that influence my character, balancing out the visceral side of her, so on and so forth.” “A lot of reading material was passed onto me by writers and producers on-board,” she added.
Shedding light on the evident differences between working in Hollywood as compared to Bollywood, Apte shared it’s an extremely subjective process. “I think every director and production house has their own way of working,” she mentioned, further disclosing the two important things that set the two industries apart. “People are very punctual there. And they pay you on time. You don’t have to beg them for money,” Apte noted. Apart from Philadelphia, where the production designers recreated the sets of England, Liberte: A Call to Spy team also filmed in Budapest, where Apte has visited multiple times in the past. “I had a great time while working there as well,” she concluded, adding she can’t wait for her family and friends back home to watch the film.