Was destined to play Bindiya in 'Raanjhanaa': Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar believes it was destiny that brought her Bindiya's role in "Raanjhanaa" as she was cast just two weeks before Anand L Rai began shooting his Banaras-set love epic
Her portrayal of Bindiya, who is madly in love with Dhanush's character of Kundan and jealous of his love for Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), has brought Swara accolades from critics and the audience alike. It is the second time that Swara has teamed up with Rai and writer Himanshu Mishra after a memorable turn in their last film "Tanu Weds Manu".
"In 'Tanu Weds...' I was the last casting and in this film too I came onboard two weeks before Anand sir began shooting. I am not sure but I think they wanted to cast Kangna but she was busy with 'Queen'. I loved the story and immediately said yes. "I feel I was destined to play Bindiya. I am not very superstitious but I think it found me. This film was postponed twice.
It was supposed to happen early, I would not have done this role then," Swara told PTI. The actress never went to any formal acting school but counts her training in Bharatnatyam from Leela Samson for helping her understand the nuances of acting besides a grounding in theatre while studying in JNU.
Swara, who likes to prepare meticulously before taking on any film, admits she did not have much time to prepare for her role of a small-town girl. "I did not have much time to prepare for this role but I felt oddly connected to the character. I am yet to get her out of my system. I still can't watch the whole film."
Swara credits the writer-director duo for giving her an endearing character, which also happens to be her favourite role. "The great thing about the film is that Himanshu does not only write about hero-heroine parts but creates characters that you feel connected to. In this film, Kundan's love for Zoya will make no sense without the character of Murari (Zeeshan Ayub Khan). Bindiya and Murari have some of the best dialogues in the film."
Starting her Bollywood journey with "Madholal Keep Walking", Swara went on to give memorable performances in "Guzaarish", "Tanu Weds Manu", "Listen Amaya" and more recently in "Aurangzeb". Swara does not want to get pigeonholed in an image and hopes to do all kinds of roles in future. "As an actor you should be able to do all kind of roles. I would like to do most commercial of roles. It is my great dream to pull of a 'Bunty Aur Bably' or a 'DDLJ'.
I would equally like to do a 'Black' like Rani Mukherjee and 'Paa' like Amitabh Bachchan." Swara is next starring in horror film "Machhli Jal Ki Raani Hai", comedy "Sabki Bajegi Band" and Abbas Tyrewala's "Mango". "In 'Machhli...' I play a girl who gets possessed then there is relationship comedy 'Sabki Bajegi Band' where I play a very funny, hysterical housewife. I am just now shooting for 'Mango'. I have a very cute role in the film."