"Swara Bhaskar - I give my 100 percent to whatever work I get."
Swara Bhaskar is known for her supporting roles in films like Raanjhanaa, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and many more. Our Bollywood Guide 'G9 Divya Solgama' had the pleasure of speaking with her, where she spoke about her latest film Nil Battey Sannata, her struggle and Salman Khan.
Swara, first things first kindly brief us the motive and the message behind your film Nil Battey Sannata?
Swara Bhaskar - The film is basically about people and their dreams. Educating daughters of rural India is just one part of the story, but I feel that we need to promote the film even in rural India so that more and more people watch it. Education is very important for the social transformation of the country and for life in general, so I hope we can make this film reach places where there are no theatres even. This is definitely a film that deserves to be tax-free, so I genuinely hope that it gets that status across the country. I hope all the states realize the importance of this film and support it because in my opinion this film deserves all the support.
Swara, people have loved your supporting characters in the films like Raanjhanaa, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and many more. Now that Nil Battey Sannata is riding on your shoulders, will we see you doing supporting characters in future?
Swara Bhaskar - I give my 100 per cent to whatever work I get. I don't look at it as a supporting character but I think I have been lucky with the kind of roles I have been offered because they have potential. An actor cannot do any magic if the character has no potential, so I have been lucky that writers and directors have given space to my character to grow. I think honesty is something which audience receives very well.
Swara, your struggle has been an amazing journey. But there might have been low phases where you could have broken down. So, how did you motivate yourself in those conditions?
Swara Bhaskar - Movies are not a medium of actors, but it is the medium of the director. We all are seduced by the glamour and seeing our face so much on page 3. I look a certain way so that people remember my face. I attend parties, launches, dress up well so that I have my image in public memory and these are not something one would do to be a better actor. Even good actors have to seem like a big star and that is like a vicious circle. When we say acting, it is more of ting and less of the act. I think I am a competent actor, but to maintain that, I have to keep getting work and to keep getting work I have to seem like I am a star. It is like a crazy cycle.
Swara, do you think your association with a big film like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo indirectly helps your relatively small films like Nil Battey Sannata?
Swara Bhaskar - I think films like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo appeal to a large section of the audience. It is a big commercial film with a big superstar, so it will have all the reach and appeal. People will remember me for smaller roles in big films like Tanu Weds Manu, Tanu Weds Manu Returns or Prem Ratan Dhan Payo but they won't remember me for my small independent films. Every time I do a film like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, it helps me sell at least 1,000 more tickets to films like Nil Battey Sannata. I think this is the strategy that I follow because it makes a lot of sense and it is a good balance to have in life. I get to work in all kind of films, which is good for me as an actor.
Swara, do you feel a film like Nil Battey Sannata should have less ticket rates in comparison to the ones elevated for big films like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo?
Swara Bhaskar - I think, in general, ticket rates for Bollywood film should not be so high because entertainment is not the prerogative of rich people, I think even poor people should be able to watch films in big cities. Personally, I feel bad that tickets are priced so much. I don't know much about the other side of the business but I think one of the major reasons why the government should support our film is to keep ticket rates under control.
Swara, would you agree to the fact that in such a small span, you have been lucky to work with many stalwart directors of our film industry?
Swara Bhaskar - I am lucky to have worked with directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sooraj Barjatya, Aanand L Rai in such early days of my career. I think they are one of the most exciting directors of our time. Adding to that, I am fortunate enough to work with big superstars like Salman Khan and great actors like Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval at the same time. It is a pretty good balance of commercial and independent cinema. I think this is a great achievement for someone who is completely an outsider. I have fought for every close up of mine and I have earned it because of my acting."