Swara Bhaskar, who reprises her role as Payal in Anand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu Returns, is excited about the film. The actor says that her character in the film this time brings a twist in the tale and changes the course of the story. The Listen... Amaya actor will also be seen playing Salman Khan’s sister in Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Swara spoke to HT City on films and more.
How important is Payal’s role to the plot in Tanu Weds Manu Returns?
The character this time is at a different point of her life. Payal is shown as married in the sequel. There is an interesting revelation around her character this time, which brings a twist in the tale. In terms of the narrative, Payal and Tanu’s life have certain parallels. They are both very frank and straightforward and a few crazy things happen in their lives. I feel neither Anand sir nor Himanshu Sharma, the writer of the film, has come up with a character, which has no significance in the film.
Was it like a reunion working with the same set of people?
I share a very comfortable and close relationship with Anand L Rai. Working with him never felt like I was on an assignment. He and Himanshu are the two people who gave me identity in Bollywood. The film also gave me a chance to reunite with Maddy (R Madhavan) and Kangana. Both are brilliant actors. In fact, I feel Kangana has outdone herself in the double role.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am doing Nil Bate Sannata. The film is being directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, wife of filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari, who is directing Aamir Khan in Dangal. The story of Nil Bate Sannata has been written by Nitesh. I play a mother of a 15-year-old. I am also doing Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which releases in December. It’s a typical Rajshri family drama about sibling rivalry, where I play Salman’s sister.
Your social media updates suggest that you and Sonam Kapoor have become great friends?
Yes, that’s true. It’s my second film with Sonam and she has become a good friend because I don’t find her insecure, jealous and stupidly competitive. She is a wonderful person and a great co-star.
How is Salman Khan to work with?
Salman is amazing and brings positively on the set. He made us all comfortable. His witty remarks and jokes entertained us all.
Your performances in the films you have done so far have been appreciated by the critics. Don’t you think it’s time directors should cast you more in lead roles?
I am choosy and therefore end up saying no to a lot of films. As an actor I am extremely careful about what am I associating my name and face with. Films last forever, so I can’t make mistakes. As far as directors not casting me in lead roles are concerned, I feel they will be the best people to answer this, as I am open to any good film.
Where do we see you next?
I have signed an international project (according to reports she might do a Pakistani film and a TV show). I will start shooting from it in July but I can’t talk about it now.
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