For Swara Bhaskar, 2015 was a good year. She made her presence felt all over again in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, a Blockbuster. Later, she was seen in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, another major hit, as she played a pivotal part of Salman Khan‘s sister. After delivering several impressive performances, she is now being seen in Nil Battey Sannata.
However, it wasn’t as if she had jumped on the opportunity when the core plotline of the film came her way.
"When first time director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari was hunting for the right girl to play the part of a housemaid in Nil Battey Sannata, casting director Mukesh Chhabra proposed Swara’s name. He thought she would be right for the part as she could transition effortlessly from being a royalty princess [Prem Ratan Dhan Payo] to a lower middle class single mother [Nil Battey Sannata]. It was her core talent that spoke volumes about her," informs our source.
While this was the first and only choice for Mukesh and Ashwiny, they weren’t sure of the kind of reactions that would come their way from Swara.
"Well, to begin with, she was shocked," Ashwiny lets out a smile here, "It wasn’t as much as due to her turning a housemaid for the film but the fact that she was being looked at as a mother of a grown up girl. Of course, she is an intelligent girl and up for all sort of challenges. She read the script and saw in there to stretch herself further as an actor. She nodded soon enough."
There was some good preparation that Swara did for the part before she landed on the sets.
"She goes out of her way to study the role she is asked to enact," Ashwiny continues, "She pretty much does her PhD for her characters. On the sets, she would come with two pens one in red and another in blue. She used to highlight points where she needed to know more. She would also put together a bundle of post-it notes. What also works quite well for her is that she has a great command over language. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled off Nil Battey Sannata better than her."
We would like to see that once the film releases this Friday.