In the skin of the character

In the skin of the character

Swara Bhaskar has been seen spewing cuss words on the big screen with ease. But the actress sought training to play a mother in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s upcoming directorial ‘Nil Battey Sannata’. The ‘Raanjhanaa’ actress plays mother to a teenager in the film which promotes education.

“Swara is an amazing actress. She had to put on eight kgs for the role. She went to Agra and studied the local culture. She had to take up two months of training. She’s not a mother and she plays one in the film,” said Ashwiny. “She had to calm down. She even went for meditation and yoga,” added Ashwiny, who is married to ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ director Nitesh Tiwari.

He helped co-write the film along with Neeraj Singh and Pranjal Chaudhary. “I got moral support from my husband but he didn’t come on sets while we were filming. In future, I will work independently too. But it’s good to have another point of view from my husband,” she said.

With an advertising background, the 36-year-old says despite coming from the
“Bollywood circuit”, she had to “struggle too”. Ashwiny is looking for distributors for the film which deals with a social issue. She said, “I know that many people assume only women directors make movies with soft and emotional stories with a social message. But it’s not that. For instance, my husband’s ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ had the message of going out and voting. I wanted to tell a story which is not boring. It is neither ‘arty’ nor ‘sleazy’.”

Her next project is most likely a love story. “I am writing something. It’s a love story. I just want to tell a good story and make movies on relationships,” she shared.

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