New Delhi: Swara Bhaskar having played divergent roles in her films has impressed her fans with her brilliant acting skills.
Playing the role of the heroine’s best friend in Tanu Weds Manu to a middle-aged mother of a 15-year-old in Nil Battey Sannata, an erotic dancer in Anaarkali of Aarah to one of the leading ladies in a multi-starrer all-women buddy film Veere Di Wedding she has explored various character forms.
She dared to play characters which an image-conscious budding actor would fear to try. In a recent interview, Swara shared some of her experiences about what people used to suggest her for choosing a role. “I never feared to take a risk. When I came to the film industry, since I had no idea of how to go about it, people gave me a lot of advice on what not to do… I was told not to play any character of a sister or best friend of the protagonist as then people would only offer me second lead. I was told not to play vamp and mother at a young age… Now you know what are the characters I have played in films. I thought if those are the rules to get the lead role, why not break them? Why not get rid of stereotypes to set my own rules?” Swara told IANS.
“I think the best way to deal with stereotypes is by taking a risk, by trying new things without fearing the failure,” said the actor.
Talking about how she identifies the potential of a script, Swara credits her collaborators, “I think I am lucky that I worked with some of the great filmmakers. When it comes to Tanu Weds Manu or Raanjhanaa and I would like to give the credit to Himanshu Sharma who wrote the script of the film. He is such a brilliant writer that any competent actor can just perform following the script and they will still look as brilliant as it was. In Nil Battey…, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari had huge faith in the story and I just followed her vision. I think that is how things work most of the time in cinema. If everyone one who has a strong vision and faith in the project, it falls in right place.”
Her latest film Veere Di Wedding is not the first attempt for Bollywood to tell stories of multiple women, as Angry Indian Goddesses also captured the journey of six women and received critical acclaim, but failed make a mark at the box-office like Veere…
Does that only happen when a film has a larger budget and is in the mainstream commercial space featuring female superstars of Bollywood?
Swara said, “Bollywood is a star-driven industry. Therefore it is only natural that Priyanka Chopra telling the story of Mary Kom is reaching out to thousands of people and making ₹100 crore film. So yes, whenever popular actors and celebrities are narrating a story, it gets a bigger mileage. Having said that, the burden should not be on stars. At the end of the day, an actor is an actor — star or non-star — if the role is challenging, if the character is well-written, we all get excited to do it. Therefore, I think that there should be more interesting, unexplored and unheard stories that will bring freshness in storytelling, challenge us to push the envelope to perform and offer a new dose of entertainment to the audience.”