CHAT Swara Bhaskar about her performance in Aurangzeb, all set for release
Known for her exceptional performance as Amaya Krishnamoorthy in Listen Amaya (that also starred Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval), Bollywood sensation Swara Bhaskar will be back again to enthral her fans with her performance in Yash Raj Films’ Aurangzeb directed by Atul Sabharwal that is slated for release on May 17.
In a telephonic interaction, Swara informs: “ Aurangzeb is an action crime thriller film starring Prithviraj Sukumaran , Arjun Kapoor, Sasha Agha, and me in pivotal roles while Jackie Shroff, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Sikander Kher and Kavi Shastri play supporting roles.”
Of her role, she says: “I play a very interesting role as Prithviraj’s wife. There’s a lot of action that takes place in the film but my character and role are far removed from all of it, yet it is the kind of role that will be remembered by the audience.”
Working under a genius like Atul Sabharwal gave Swara a good chance to learn more about the art and science of films from the man himself. She states: “Atul is a perfectionist and it isn’t easy to please him. What I love about working with him is that he is so open to suggestions yet you cannot escape his mastery in the field of film direction. He’s really an actor’s director.”
Ask her what it was like to work with Prithviraj and Swara responds: “He is uber talented and is so familiar with the technicalities of cinema. He knows exactly which lens must be used for which scene and give great insight even before a scene is shot. He’s an actor who can give his co-stars quite the complex!”
Prior to Listen Amaya , Swara Bhaskar starred in Tanu Weds Manu as Payal, for which she was awarded the Zee Cine Award for the Best Supporting Actor (Female) and was nominated for the Filmfare, Screen, Apsara, Stardust and IIFA awards for the same category in 2012.
Having been seen in movies that have starred South Indian heroes she says her connection to the South seems to go beyond the evident. “I’m partly South Indian and I am very intrigued by the kind of movies dished out by these regional film industries. Actors like Madhavan and Prithviraj are just some of the many incredible artistes the South has given birth to.”
Born and bred in Delhi, Swara is not just a sociology graduate but is also a trained dancer in Bharatanatyam. A student of guru Leela Samson, she has performed with her troupe Spanda, extensively. A theatre aficionado, she opines: “As much as I love films, there’s nothing more gratifying than performing for a live audience. You collect your accolades and criticism then and there.”
Swara’s upcoming movies in 2013 include Raanjhanaa directed by Aanand L. Rai, Sabki Bajegi Band directed by Anirudhh Chawla and Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai directed by Debaloy De.