Read on to check out the EXCLUSIVE interview of the talented actress…
Swara Bhaskar is one of those talented actresses who hasn't received her due yet. However, she has no complaints, as she loves her craft more than anything else. Her role in Raanjhanaa, Aurangzeb and Tanu Weds Manu Returns have been very well received. She is now all set for her next film, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo to release and as she counts the days to the release, we talk to her about the film, her character and her experience with Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor.
First of all tell us a bit of your character and how does your role take the film forward?
The film is a family drama, you must have understood that from whatever you have seen but what is interesting about it is that it is sort of centred around a sibling rivalry. In that sense, I play a very pivotal role as I play Salman sir's younger sister. It is quite a central role and I am quite excited about it. It's a very different role from what I have played till now. It's also a different role from what you see in Rajshri films. My role is a multi-layered character than what you see in Rajshri women. It was quite challenging as I have never done this kind of role before. My earlier roles were very girly and down to earth sort of characters, but this girl is not like that, she is a nasty character. It's been a while since I have played such a role, so it feels nice.
How was your experience working with Salman Khan and playing his sister in the film?
It was amazing. I was very nervous about working with Salman sir but he turned out to be a very nice person. He was very sweet to me and I had a lot fun with him on the sets. He is a really pleasant and jovial person to be on the sets as no one can get bored when he is around. He has great energy and of course he is a huge star, but he has a bigger heart. By meeting him I have realised why people who like him, stand by him. I have understood why people who love him, love him so much. It was also great to know the person he is behind so much stature and stardom. I am honoured to have worked with him.
Sonam and you were like sisters on the sets. How did you bond with each other?
I love Sonam. Sonam is a pal, she is someone I have worked with in Raanjhanaa and we became friends during that film. There was a gap in between, but I am thankful to Prem Ratan Dhan Payo that has helped our friendship grow. Sonam is a kind of person that the better you get to know her, the more you love her. She is genuinely a person with a golden heart. She is a great co-actor on the sets, she is not someone who gets insecure, bitchy, competitive in a stupid way, she doesn't have starry tantrums like going for make-up, costume all the time. She is stunning the way she is. She is a positive person to have on the sets. It's not good to have a negative person on the sets as it spoils everyone's mood. But Sonam is not like that. We have a ball every time we meet. Sooraj sir wouldn't want us to be together as we used to keep talking and chatting all the time. One day he caught us watching item numbers in the middle of an emotional scene. We were watching Madhuri Dixit's item numbers and we turned around to see him standing behind us and smiling. We were like, "Sorry sir." He then replied, "Ok. Now can we get back into the mood?" I was like "Yeah, sorry."
So you have had a bad experience with another actress on the sets of another film?
Let's put it like this that I have had different sorts of experiences with different actresses.
People say Sooraj Barjatiya brings the best out of Salman. Do you feel that is true? And did he also get the best out of you?
I hope. I haven't seen the best, so I don't know about myself but I wish to do better than my best. But, yeah I definitely feel there is something special between Sooraj sir and Salman sir's bonding and their being together, them working on a film together. They have such an amazing understanding, such a natural and organic vibe they share that you totally understand that those two are naturally gelled together. Their intentions are correct. They love each other so much that you know that whatever comes out from this jodi is going to amazing. I think that every actor has a potential to do best in every film and better in every film they do, so I don’t want to comment on what is Salman sir’s best and what is not, but there is no denying the fact that there is something special between them.
Films made by Rajshri are generally family-centric and romantic, but we hear that this film is different and we will see a lot of action in the film too. What do you have to say about this?
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo definitely has what you have loved about Rajshris, but in a new and modern format. The biggest thing is that Babuji is not there, that will give you a sense that there are more younger people in the film. The whole story, conflict and the main part is that it is centred around younger people. They’ve kind of moved on and understood that times have changed.
When we see the songs and even the trailer, we see some royal and larger than life sets. What do you think about the work that has gone into the film?
Yeah. The scale of the film is another level in itself. The sets have been created by Nitin Chandrakant Desai, even when we have shot outdoors, we had selected royal locations in Gondal. A lot of credit of how the film is looking goes to our DOP, V. Mankandan.
The costumes are absolutely stunning. Alvira Agnihotri and Ashley Rebello have styled Salman sir’s look, while Anamika Khanna has mostly styled Sonam. Everyone is looking really amazing. I’ve never worked in a film of such a huge scale, so it has been pretty exciting for me.
Also how does it feel being part of such a huge project that is being termed as the biggest hit of 2015 from now?
Aap ke muh main ghee shakkar (May your words come true), is all I can say. I also hope it becomes a huge hit. I remember I was standing while we were shooting for the title track of PRDP and we all were on the chariot. There were 50 elephants, 100 horses and thousands of extras. I was standing next to Salman and Sonam and thinking that I am living the dream of 95 per cent of the cinema going audience of this country. To be on such a set with one of the country’s biggest superstars and you will realize that you are breaking a million people’s heart as they would want to be in your place too. I guess I have realised some of my dreams.
One thing you learnt from Salman Khan: However big a superstar you are, you are never bigger than your craft. I’ve seen him act and get involved in his work. I’ve realised from him that you are not that big not to try something new. He’s never scared about failure.
Your favourite Prem: Salman sir in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and PRDP.
One gift you would want as a sister from him: If I was his real sister, then I would want more of his time. I have seen how he is, how busy he is with work and how his family wants to spend time with him. So, I would some gift of regular time from him.
The film shows Salman getting married to Sonam, what you would do for Salman if he gets married in real life: It’s tough to answer him. I don’t know what to gift a man who has everything. I would give a hug and say, “Alright Bro! Good luck.”
Your favourite song from the film: The title track and also the Football song.
Your favourite scene in the film: The scene which leads to the culmination of my track.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns or PRDP: I think it would be PRDP.
Bajirao Mastani or Dilwale: Dilwale ‘coz I am more of a Shah Rukh Khan fan and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was one of my favourites.
After PRDP, what are your future plans?
I have X: Past is Present releasing on November 20. X is an experimental Indie film which has 11 chapters and all the chapters have been directed by different directors. It has many genres and I feel mine is the most exciting for me. I have also spoken Tamil dialogues in the film. I have Nil Battey Sannata which is a beautiful film where I have a very lovely protagonist part. Nitesh Tiwary, who has also written Dangal, has written the film. I am also starting a couple of other films soon.
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