Radhika Apte in research mode for ‘Phobia’ (Movie Snippets)

Mumbai, Oct 29 (IANS) Critically lauded actress Radhika Apte, who has started the shoot of her next film “Phobia”, is doing all-round research for her character.

As the title suggests, the thriller/horror film revolves around some kind of a phobia — the fear of something.

Radhika has been meeting doctors and patients, apart from reading extensively about the subject to gather as much information as possible.

She is in close contact with psychiatrists — to understand the mental aspect — and neurosurgeons — for the biological aspect — so that she understands better how a person reacts to a particular phobia. The actress has also been meeting patients and observing them to understand their behavioural patterns.

This is giving her a better perspective of the film, thereby helping her to deliver a more nuanced performance.

Talking about it, Radhika said in a statement: “I’m in touch with doctors and they have shared valuable information with me about the subject. It has helped me get a deeper understanding of panic attacks.

“Apart from reading up about it, the first hand information has been very vital to the preparation of my character.”

The actress is currently shooting for “Phobia”, post which she will start shooting for her film with Rajinikanth.

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Sonali Bendre debuts on Twitter

Actress Sonali Bendre, who has maintained her distance from all social platforms since long, has stepped into the virtual world with Twitter. The actress says she is looking forward to connect with her fans and admirers across the globe through the micro-blogging site.

The actress, who has oft shared that opening up on social medium gives her goosebumps, made her debut on Twitter with handle – ?@iamsonalibendre on Wednesday.

“Hello to the world of 140 characters. Finally here on Twitter! Looking forward to the Twitter, chatter and connecting with all you Twitterati,” Sonali tweeted late Wednesday.

Sonali, who has entertained with films like “Sarfarosh”, “Hum Saath Saath Hain”, “Diljale” and “Kal Ho Naa Ho” amongst many others, is married to filmmaker Goldie Bahl. And she even took a plunge into the small screen with finite series “Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye” last year.

After setting her foot on Twitter, the actress praised actress Vidya Balan, calling her “a woman of talent”.

She posted: “A woman of talent, a woman of charm! Such an amazing time shooting with the lovely @Vidya_Balan for @MissionSapne”.

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Will Huma, Radhika’s magic work again for ‘X…’?

After garnering appreciation with power-packed performances in “Badlapur”, Huma Qureshi and Radhika Apte will be seen together in “X: Past is Present”. In this new film too, they are an object of one man’s amorous glances.

A bold and original take on man-woman relationships, the film is a story told through the eyes of 11 unique storytellers, who have come together to make different parts of the same film and stars Huma, Radhika and Swara Bhaskar, apart from Rajat Kapoor.

Produced by Manish Mundra, “X: Past is Present” by Drishyam Films, will release on November 20.

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