A role with several layers to unravel

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A role with several layers to unravel

The outspoken and dramatic Swara Bhaskar is all set to wrap up her latest movie ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ directed by Sooraj Barjatya. Working with actors like Salman Khan, Anupam Kher and Neil Nitin Mukesh in the movie, Swara says she has learnt a lot during the filming process. “It’s wonderful to work with such great people and I’ve learnt so much during this movie that I will treasure for my entire career,” she says.

The ‘Raanjhanaa’ actress shares a memorable moment she had with Anupam Kher during the film shooting. “After a particular scene, Anupam sir complimented me, but I was so star-struck that I didn’t respond properly. He then sat me down and told me that ‘an actor should always own up to his or her work, good or bad. Always say thank you – own it and learn from it.’ I thought it was a very simple and humbling thing to learn,” she explains.

Though she’s commonly known as a ‘theatre actor’, she clarifies that she’s actually done very little theatre. However, she likes to learn from the experience that she has of it and takes it to the film sets as well. She adds, “When we’re shooting for a film in a real location, it feels as if you are performing for a live audience. When people are watching you, you get an adrenaline rush that makes the shooting experience a lot more fun.”

 Having played different characters in her acting career, the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ actress says she critically analyses each character she portrays. Being a sociology student, she does an in-depth study of the role and prepares for it. “I think it helps me become stronger when I’m finally in front of the camera. The analysis allows me to never lose strength of the character,” she explains. She plays the role of the ‘Dabbang’ actor’s sister in the film ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ and says that it’s been a thrilling character to play.

She adds, “It’s definitely much bigger than everything else I’ve done — the character has lots of layers to uncover. And working with Salman is a thrill on its own, he’s a great inspiration.” When asked what she thinks is her USP, she expresses, “I think, as a person, it would have to be my insanity and craziness. But as an actor, it would be my language and spontaneity.” She believes that films are a director’s medium and an actor must learn to work through his or her vision. She conveys, “It’s all about team work here, and an actor is just a small part of the big project.”

Whenever she gets a break, she likes to cosy up at home, enjoy her mother’s delicious food and discuss future plans with her dad. She also ensures that she doesn’t visit malls and theatres during the weekends. The confident actress is looking forward to paying a visit to Bengaluru when she finds time and explore the City.

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