Radhika Apte's Directorial Debut The Sleepwalkers Wins Award At An International Film Fest

Radhika Apte Directorial Debut The Sleepwalkers has been declared 'The Best Midnight Short Award' at Palms Spring International Short Fest.

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Radhika Apte Directorial Debut

Actress Radhika Apte recently worked on her first short film as a director and won an award for it at an international fest. Radhika directed the short film The Sleepwalkers, which has been declared 'The Best Midnight Short Award' at Palms Spring International Short Fest. The film was released online this year.


Thanking the organisers for acknowledging her debut work, Radhika wrote on social media,“The winner of the Best Midnight Short Award is. "The Sleepwalkers"! Congratulations!"

What You Should Know

  • Radhika Apte recently made her directorial debut with the short film The Sleepwalkers and won an International award it.
  • Radhika says she enjoyed the process of direction a lot and is hopeful that people will like her work.

The Sleepwalkers - what is it about?

According to sources, the movie is about sleepwalking as the title clearly suggests. Written and directed by the actress, it stars Gulshan Devaiah and Shahana Goswami in the lead roles. The story revolves around these characters and how they would find themselves in a delusional state of sleepwalking. On asking why she took up such a subject, the Phobia and Parched actress had said, "What the film is about does not really come across in the trailer, so I can't really give it away. I started diving last year and that's where I got the idea."

The actress, who has been part of many films which are based on social issues, has been enjoying her time with her musician husband Benedict Taylor in London since March. In a recent interview with IANS, Radhika said, "I enjoyed the process (of direction) a lot. I am excited because, hopefully, people can watch it soon. I hope I get to do more work as a director, maybe, let's see!"

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Here is our teaser trailer!! #thesleepwalkers @psfilmfest

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Radhika on filmmaking


Talking more about her directorial film, Radhika told PTI in an interview, "We have such weird notions that after marriage actresses don't get work and when you start producing or directing it means you are doomed as an actor. We look at things in so black and white."

"Why does it have to be any of this, why can't I do both? I can act and direct certain projects, if I need or feel like doing it. I hope more people venture into this."

The 34-year-old actor has featured in several noteworthy web shows and short films, including Sacred Games, Ghoul and Ahalya. She has openly spoken on taboo topics such as menstruation. Her film Pad Man also spoke about the myths and superstitions associated with menstruation in India.

She has  been prepping for a film titled Raat Akeli Hai with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The actor has also signed up for Apple TV's upcoming series Shantaram, where she will be seen alongside actor Charlie Hunnam.

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