By Vasundhara Dudeja in Events 04/07/2018

She’s been known to be bold, outspoken, and one of the faces of the new generation of thoughtful actors. Her recent talk at The Express Adda touched various aspects of how her opinions have shaped up, almost a decade later into the industry.


From Casting Couch encounters to shaming anti-feminist ideologies, the witty actress swept the room away with her crystal cut honesty. Here are our favorite picks from the talk:-



A JNU alumni, the world of Cinema always held a fascination for Swara. After completing her studies, she expressed her desire to be a Chitrahara and thus began her journey in 2009.


Her journey as an actress began with college theatre. As she evolved and moved into the technical sets as compared to theatres, she expressed her initial discomfort with the intimacy of cameras.



Swara believes that in between performances and the final output, what comes out has so many layers in between that it has the potential to coax the actor’s opinions of his/her own performing arts.


Recalling her experience on Casting Couch, Swara Bhaskar gives an insight on an experience where a Manager (to a Director she was supposed to meet) leaned in to kiss her saying “I love you, Baby.”



She believes that it has been happening for a long time and still continues to happen.



Drawing hope from the Malayalam industry, she believes that we are in a constant state of change and are slowly evolving where everyone will be able to voice their stories.



Cast privilege is something that comes automatically when a person is born. When she was new in the industry, the constant support of her family gave her the strength to say NO when and where she encountered casting couch. That was the privilege that she got being born into her family.


Similarly, according to her, Nepotism is just a matter of cast privilege that comes automatically with one’s identity. It doesn’t necessarily mean that being already born a privileged is a mistake.


Mentioning some of her closest friends, she says “You get launched with the biggest of directors but then they also face pressures and negatives to act up to it. It’s a trade-off”


On the topic of an artist’s involvement in engaging with the society, she expresses her concern on how easy it is to get access to phone numbers and shooting locations making anyone a vulnerable victim of harassment.



According to Swara, she doesn’t know how to be an artist without engaging with the real world. Especially, in independent movies like Nil Battey Sannata and Anarkali without centralizing her characters to real life.


And she doesn’t consider herself a big star. Does it get more humble than this?


Due to the frustration received by hate tweets on Veere Di Wedding, and it being banned in Pakistan and yet it becoming a commercial success, she admits that her reaction got carried away.



She says on this topic “A land and people are not equal to their government. You can criticize the state and still have a lot of goodwill for people and their culture.”


Concluding, her wonderful session, Swara was simply magnificent in answering her much sought views on Feminism.



She believes in the simple philosophy of giving women a choice and letting them decide on what they want from life beyond the boundaries of house chores.


Swara Bhaskar has made a stand for herself in creating a class for her among the deprecating atmosphere of the Indian Society and Bollywood towards women and we look forward to seeing this star in the public sphere soon again making a difference worldwide.


Vasundhara is an in-house content creator. Other than past experiences of writing including writing as an Intern for The Hindu and various other platforms, she is also an engineer, a dancer, and a bibliophile.


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