Small roles go a long way

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Swara Bhaskar is being praised for her stint in recently released Raanjhanaa. And she says that her character is what she is like in real life. She excitedly goes on to talk about her small but an important cameo in the film, “My role captures the spirit, energy and madness of Benaras. Bindiya is a madcap and crazy but lovable and madly in love with Dhanush,” says Swara.

She is seen matching steps with Sonam Kapoor in a wedding song Ay Sakhi Sajan in the film. Filmed on real locations it features the primary cast. “I remember being very nervous while shooting as it was the first time. But choreographer Caesar was very helpful and Sonam also came to my rescue with tips. That’s the best thing about shooting with Sonam, she’s so warm and interactive that there is no possibility of stress during filming.”
Though onscreen Swara’s love interest Dhanush is deeply in love with Sonam, which leads to some jealousy between the two, off-screen Swara and Sonam hooked up like old friends. “She is an amazing person and we used to chat all day long. Dhanush, in spite of being a superstar down South, is a very humble and down to earth person. We three used to hang out together. Even now when I look back, I see only fun memories of Raanjhanaa shooting days,” says Swara, who has before shared the screen space with actors like Kangana Ranaut, R Madhavan and Jimmy Shergill in Tanu Weds Manu.
Swara considers herself lucky for sharing screen space with established and senior actors like Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval in Listen… Amaya. “All of these actors have been very nice to me. There was a sequence where I had to interact with Abhay Deol. He sensed that I was nervous and joked, ‘Here’s an easy trick to look comfortable. Just flirt with me in the shot’,” the advice was very helpful, says Swara. She adds, “Initially any actor might feel hesitant about taking up a small role but I am very happy with my stints in Guzaarish, Tanu Weds Manu, Aurangzeb and Raanjhanaa. I am very comfortable working with director Anand Rai,” says Swara.
These films, says Swara, have also given her a chance to portray various kinds of roles. “And I intend to continue to do so. While I want to dance around trees and romance I would love to play a character like Amitabh Bachchan in Paa.” However, Swara is all set to be seen in a lead role in comedy Sabki Bajegi Band directed by Anirudhh Chawla and horror flick Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai directed by Debaloy De. She says she is keeping her fingers crossed!

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