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“I’ve no godfather in Bollywood”: Swara Bhaskar


Actress Swara Bhaskar, who acted in films like Aurangzeb, Raanjhanaa, and Tanu Weds Manu, has slowly carved a niche for herself in the industry. The pretty actress didn’t always have a smooth journey but she didn’t give up. She is honest and knows what she wants.

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Swara, who won the Best Actress Award at the prestigious Silk Road International Film Festival earlier this year, recently walked away with another Best Actress trophy at the Star Screen Awards 2016.

With the awards and praise coming your way, how do you feel?
I’m happy and excited that I’ve won awards for Nil Battey Sannata. I’ve won awards earlier as well for my performance in Raanjhanaa. I won the Zee Cine Awards for Tanu Weds Manu. But it’s now different because I’m in a leading actress category. So it’s very exciting. The response has been overwhelming. I keep getting congratulatory calls and celebration is still going on. So I feel nice.

You’ve played quite a few roles in various films. How do you pick your roles?
I normally pick roles that excite and interest me. Because if the role isn’t interesting enough for me, how will be able to impress my audience? If I’m bored with my own role then as an actor how can I play it? I want challenging roles. I like what challenges me and something I haven’t done before.

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As an actress you always have to look good and wear fashionable outfits all the time. Don’t you find it shallow at times?
Well, it’s an industry where artist and actors have to dress to impress. So it isn’t surprising. There is glamour, glossy magazines and the red carpet. But that doesn’t impress me and I don’t take it very seriously. I’m more interested in the acting part. The industry is what you choose or make of it. So if you choose to engage in the industry in shallow way like attending parties, always looking good etc, that’s all you will get. Even the interactions you have at the party are pretty shallow. My interaction with people in Bollywood has been through my work. So my experience in Bollywood has been very productive.

How has been your journey in Bollywood so far?
It’s been exactly six years since my first film released. So I feel very blessed and fortunate to have made this far. I’m happy. I’ve no savior, godfather or relation in Bollywood. I’m a complete outsider and now established actors and directors want to work with me so I feel that I paved a way for myself in the industry.

Any actors and directors you would like to work with?
I’d like to work with Amitabh Bachchna sometime in my life because I really like him. I would also like to work with Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. In directors, I would like to work with Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj and others. It’s a long list.

You were also a part of web series called It’s Not That Simple.
Yes, it’s really a new and fresh story. It’s about women’s perception on marriage and relationships outside marriage. It’s been done very well and that’s the big thing about it. They got a response as well. So I think they’re planning to come up with a second season.

What’s next?
I’m currently shooting for director Gaurav Sinha’s upcoming film. It is going to be produced by Aanand L Rai. It’s a comedy film with an unusual story. So I’m looking forward to the release.