'I was always a 'dramebaaz' as a child'

'I was always a 'dramebaaz' as a child'

A literature student with a theatre background who made her film debut in an unconventional role in ‘Madholal Keep Walking’, Swara Bhaskar’s body of work screams “serious actor”.

But then the Delhi girl, who was finally noticed by the audience and critics in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ as Kangana Ranaut’s best friend Payal, took nearly two years to come up with another release; a gap that no newbie would dare to take. But this confident damsel knew she had to be patient if she wanted to sink her teeth into some substantial roles. “While I did get a lot of rave reviews for my performance in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, the offers I got post that were of a similar line and I didn’t want to do another ‘friend’ role. Movies are something that last forever. People archive them and there are also those who study them and I personally don’t want to look like an idiot on screen. I want to be a part of good cinema and if that means I have to wait, I will,” says Swara, who will soon be seen in Raanjhanaa directed by Anand L Rai, Sabki Bajegi Band directed by Anirudhh Chawla and Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai directed by Debaloy De.

While she has played her share of lead and supportive roles, Swara says that the length of her role is immaterial. “Be it a lead or character role, for me what matters is the subject. Even when it comes to preparation, I never differentiate between the two. I have always ensured that I give the character my all, no matter how long I will be seen on screen,” she says.

Playing the role of a typical Banarasi girl named Bindiya in Raanjhanaa, Swara describes the character as lovable and spirited. At the same time, she confesses that this is her most special role so far. “I can safely say that I have fallen in love with Bindiya. I love her spirit and can relate to her madness to a certain extent. It was through this role that I discovered so many sides of me that I didn’t know even existed,” she says.

Working with Dhanush and Sonam during this film was something Swara will always remember. “Dhanush is a very down-to-earth actor. Though Sonam and I don’t share much screen space, I’ve told her that she’s the nicest famous person I know,” she adds.

Interestingly, Swara’s father is from Andhra Pradesh but the actress has not yet tried her hand at regional films. “My grandmother always wanted to see me in Telugu movies but I haven’t yet thought about it. Though I enjoy watching Telugu films, I have to learn the language properly and then get into it,” she says.

Ask her if acting was always on her mind and she replies, “I was always a dramebaaz as a child and loved an audience. So, acting was a natural transition for me. But what I love most about acting is the fact that I get to live all these emotional experiences, which I wouldn’t otherwise.”
 

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