Swara Bhaskar doesn’t mince words. She has always voiced her opinion, even if it starts a debate. Earlier this month, she wrote an open letter questioning the uproar over Katrina Kaif being awarded the Smita Patil Memorial Award. Swara felt Katrina deserved the award, as she has proved herself in Bollywood.
The actor got involved in the debate only when her Twitter handle was tagged in a post opposing Katrina’s win. “There were some vicious and mean posts. People are so judgmental. They feel they can just attack anyone without the fear of consequences,” says Swara, adding, “Though I don’t know Katrina at all, I felt bad for her. She is a woman, a public figure like me, or bigger than me. She is part of my fraternity, and I didn’t think she deserved that. She is a successful star.”
Watch: Swara Bhaskar got a lot of critical acclaim in her last film, Nil Battey Sannata
Swara’s open letter, however, was criticised by people. The actor says, “Women are easy targets. Whatever the issue is — be it the case of a star getting an award or, in regular life, women are judged and labelled. For instance, I have landed in trouble every time I have expressed my views about any social issue.”
Swara Bhaskar is excited about her new venture — a web series. The project talks about women and men, extramarital affairs, and love and lust in relationships. She says, “The web is the new medium, where all the circus clowns are. It’s an exciting space, in which one can experiment with content and push the envelope. There is no pressure of ratings such as the ratings on TV, the box-office earning, or the issues related to the censor board. The viewer’s experience is more direct and personal. Web content has a different flavour.”
Earlier this month, Swara wrote an open letter questioning the uproar over Katrina Kaif being awarded the Smita Patil Memorial Award. Swara felt Katrina deserved the award, as she has proved herself in Bollywood. (Hindustan Times)
The Raanjhanaa (2013) actor has done a few intimate scenes in the series, including a kissing scene. Is she worried about how it will be received? “It was bold for me to kiss on screen. Sex is a talking point in India, but we haven’t put in these scenes for titillation. It is a story about relationships, and it is quite natural to have such scenes,” she says.
Post her critically acclaimed film Nil Battey Sannata (2015), Swara has been on cloud nine. “The movie has given me credibility and a stamp of success. I am more confident now. I am not worried or insecure about my future anymore,” she says. The actor has not taken her success lightly. She chooses her future project more carefully, and is conscious about “what she attaches her name to”. She says she doesn’t want to let the audience down.