Last year, after writing her first script, titled Split Ends, Swara Bhaskar joined a fellowship program that is annually organised by Asia Society India Centre. The Bollywood actor went on to receive a grant worth Rs 2 lakh, after her script was chosen for the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS).
Now, the actor seems to be in demand for her writing skills, as several well-known publishing houses have been approaching her with offers to write fiction and non-fiction books, in both Hindi and English. Not many know that Swara has a Master’s degree in English Literature, and a great command over Hindi.
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The actor says she would prefer writing fiction stories, but feels it may be “easier to start with non-fiction”. “One day, I want to write a novel. But I don’t think I am capable of doing that just now,” says Swara, who is currently busy developing Split Ends and two other new scripts. The actor recently completed a workshop that was organised as part of the fellowship. She adds, “One of those two new scripts is a comedy, about two Delhi girls and a trip that’s gone out of control.”
Swara is expected to begin pitching the script to Bollywood film-makers after the fellowship ends in July. “It is a raw and fiery love story, so Swara wants a sensitive director to make the film, but also an unabashed one,” reveals an insider close to the actor.