When Swara Bhasker said hello to her stalker

Updated: Oct 31, 2019, 08:18 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Swara Bhasker spoke up about her stalking incident and how she dealt with it.

File image of Swara Bhasker. Image sourced from mid-day archives
File image of Swara Bhasker. Image sourced from mid-day archives

Celebrities have to barter their personal life in exchange for all the limelight they get. But while celebrity stalking makes the news, far more frequently it's those living normal lives -- women and men both -- who are victims of being cyber stalked or physically stalked. Recently, actress Swara Bhasker spoke about her stalking incident and how she dealt with it on the web show Hello Mini.

"I think the experience of being stalked is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person in their lives. I had a stalker in college once and I was surprised to see how nervous, scared and uncomfortable he made me. He would just keep following me and staring at me from a slight distance. Everywhere I went, every time I looked up - there he was. He would just ceaselessly be lurking in my line of vision- non-stop. And actually, I had no reason to fear because our university was super safe for women and my parents lived on campus - so at a rational level I knew I was safe. But that's the thing with stalking- it can turn your safest spaces into sinister seeming, fearful ones. One day the stalker showed up at my house at 6 am and confronted my parents and asked for me and said he was in love with me. My parents were quite taken aback as well but sent him off politely. Finally, I decided to get over my fear and confront him. I actually walked up to him and told him I need to talk to him. I said whatever he is doing is freaking me out completely and that he needs to stop! And that day. Somehow my fear of him fell away. From then whenever I saw him I'd make it a point to say hello," recalls Swara.

“I moved to Bombay soon after and hopefully, the boy got over his obsession. But it made me realise what an important issue stalking is and how it is never represented by the woman's or stalked person's point of view in our cinema and content. It's always romanticised in our films and that's actually so irresponsible. I'm so glad that'Hello Mini is telling the story from the woman's perspective. It's important that we have content that generates meaningful and honest conversations amongst us so that existing toxic mind-sets can be challenged and changed", adds the actress.

On the work front, the 31-year old will be seen in  Faraz Arif Ansari's Sheer Khurma in which she will be seen sharing screen space with Shabana Azmi and Divya Dutta. The film deals with homosexuality.

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    Swara Bhasker was spotted at her gym in Bandra, Mumbai. The actress was sporting blue yoga pants, paired with a basic black t-shirt. All pictures: Yogen Shah 

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    Swara Bhasker made headlines with her masturbation scene in Kareena Kapoor and Sonam K Ahuja-starrer Veere Di Wedding.

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    Swara Bhasker, who has been part of critically-acclaimed projects like Nil Battey Sannata and Anaarkali of Aarah, said in an interview with PTI that her past choices have made her aware of the fact that she needs to pick performance-oriented characters.

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    "There are people who have offered me films that were so-called glamorous but there was nothing much for me to do in them. So I didn't do that. I have a body of work that justifies that I should have something fairly substantial to do. I can't do something random just to be seen in a certain clothing... I will not be able to do that," Swara Bhasker told PTI.

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    Swara Bhasker further added: "I have done more desi characters and so people assume 'she can do only this'. Kudos to Rhea's vision. It shows she has an imagination. Also, the fact that Rhea's sister Sonam knows me, helped because she knows the person I am."

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    "You will never ask Anurag Kashyap why his films show men mouthing so many abuses. But when heroines like Kareena and Sonam are suddenly seen cussing, smoking and drinking, everyone's morality is threatened. It is a really a case of misplaced morality," Swara Bhasker said.

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