The exhilaration in actor Swara Bhaskar’s voice is palpable. No, not because of any marriage plans, as suggested by recent reports, but because she has just delivered her first solo hit.
“I am so happy. My film Nil Battey Sannata has been declared a hit officially,” she says, her voice flushed with excitement. “It feels amazing. My film is yet another in the line of , perhaps, small-budget, high-on-content, women-centric films doing well at the box office... like Piku, Queen, Mardaani, NH10. I am not just happy as an actor, but also because my producer has recovered his money. When such films do well, investors and producers feel more confident. Because what happens is that after a movie does well, the buzz reaches many producers and they offer to come on-board. But now, since my film and other such films are doing well, they will have more faith in them and have more confidence to invest,” adds Swara.
Swara Bhaskar is elated after her first solo hit, Nil Battey Sannata. (Photo: Viral Bhayani)
Although critical acclaim is not new to the Tanu Weds Manu actor, it is commercial success which has given her more confidence. “I am now a legit actor (laughs), you know, like a certified one. I am like a tortoise, slowly but surely, I have come first (laughs), it has become a hit. My film is like me, I’d tell my mom that I am the tortoise. This film has got unanimously good reviews, friends and family send me messages saying we were going for a 5.30pm show on a Tuesday, and didn’t get tickets, it’s a full house — that feeling is great,” says Swara.
And another great feeling is to be in love. Swara, being the honest and upfront person that she is, doesn’t deny it. Unlike many of her colleagues from the industry who like to keep their relationships under wraps, she says: “Yes! I am very much dating Himanshu Sharma (scriptwriter of Tanu Weds Manu series (2011 & 2015) and Raanjhanaa),” says the Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor. However, she maintains that there is no truth to the shaadi stories that have been doing the rounds.
Her wedding to the National Film Award-winning writer will have to wait. “No, I am not getting married. I am too broke to get married.. you can tell the world that Swara is too poor right now to get married (laughs), so she will work. We are in no hurry to get married. These reports about us planning our wedding are false... with all these false reports doing the rounds, I feel I have finally arrived,” says Swara.