You've surely noticed her in Tanu Weds Manu as the second lead (she even received an award for it); there's something familiar about Swara Bhaskar that makes her so immensely likeable.
Fresh from a just wrapped-up shooting schedule of Raanjhnaa, we catch up with the desi beauty to talk about films, her flourishing Bollywood career and much more...
"I am a Delhi girl and I will always be one. Growing up in a university culture, I always thought that wearing kurtas, torn jeans, chappals and a carrying a jhola defined the heights of coolness. That was until Mumbai happened and I often kept being asked if I really was an 'actress' or if I had a particular preference for bedsheets as clothes. I've adapted to Mumbai now, but I will always be the Swara from Delhi," opens the actress.
With a handful of Hindi films ready for release and still being shot, we ask Swara for a Bollywood roll-call. "(Laughs) Well, there's Listen Amaya, which will release on February 1, where I share screen space with Deepti Naval and Farooq Shaikh, which is wonderfully exciting and then there's Raanjhnaa, where I play the second lead, which is still being shot and then there's Aurangzeb, where I am cast opposite Prithviraj Sukumaran. Yup, that's it for now!" Swara enthuses. Is that all, we wonder.
Moving on to our next question quickly, we ask: is there a South Indian connection, considering there are after all two films being shot with South Indian male leads? "I think there is, considering Tanu Weds Manu also had R Madhavan. But that aside, I do have a South Indian connection. I am also partly South Indian myself. I am half Telugu and maybe that's why the connection. But on a more serious note, it's great working with these actors. They're so amazingly professional and down to earth. It's such a pleasure," explains Swara.
So would you be open to a South Indian movie, we ask finally and pat comes the reply... "Of course! I would do any movie as long as the role is meaty. That is my only condition — that my role be something I can be proud of. Also, my grandma always wanted to see me in a Telugu film, so who knows, someday that needs to come true too, no?" concludes the pretty actress.