Coming from being a supporting actor in big films, to a lead actress in NilBatteySannata, how does it feel? It always feels good, when a film is quite centrally your film and you are the protagonist. Every actor would want to be Romeo or Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, which is no rocket science. But honestly, I’ve never seen myself as a supporting actor. If you look at my body of work, there is almost like an equal balance of supporting roles and lead roles. The only thing is that the supporting roles happened to be in big blockbuster commercial films. My first film where I was playing the title part, hasn’t released yet. Maybe it will release as one of those discovered gems, after I die (laughs). Anyway the director is around, so he might kill me, but Niyati was the name of the film, directed by Pravesh Bhardwaj. My first release was Madhulal Keep Walking, which didn’t do well, but was a sweet film, that was a lead role. Then soon after Tanu Weds Manu, my next release was Listen Amaya, again a title part. In that sense there has been an equal number of roles. In my head I never saw myself as a supporting actor, but a fairly competent actor.
You have said on record that your role in NilBatteySannata puts your career at stake…. That was one of my fears when I read the script. I felt like ‘Oh my God, this is career suicide’. I don’t think it is anymore, because as heroines, your whole anxiety is that you shouldn’t look old, you shouldn’t be aging or should be playing roles aged 21 or max 24-25. And here, the daughter is a 15-year-old ghodi, not even a bloody new-born baby. But the power of the script was so much that I didn’t care after a point.
Do we see you playing and out-and-out glamorous role ever? Oooh, that’s a good question! My next film is called Anarkali Aarawali, which is the story of an orchestra party singer in UP, Bihar. It will actually be a great contrast to Nil Battey Sannata. So yes, you will see me in a glamorous role soon, but honestly, I thought Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was pretty glamorous for me. I think glamour is only an accessory, to a role that you are playing. I’m not trying to become Katrina Kaif, because she is doing a very good job at being herself. So it’s better that I do a good job at being Swara Bhaskar. Tell us about the roles you have rejected? A lot of them, and it’s really horrible. Sometimes, I realise that I have said no eight times in a week and wonder whether I am really big enough to refuse so many projects. There are many films being made and some of them are nice, but they don’t work out for some reason. Some of them are absolutely worthless also. But I have never regretted rejecting a film, I have never cried over losing a part.
Which are the big films that you have rejected? No, I am not going to tell you that and get into trouble with the next issue of Stardust. There have been bigger films I have rejected or did not get, but luckily, God has been kind and they have always turned out to be terrible.
Also, there are reports of you and Sonam Kapoor teaming up for a chick-flick. Tell us more about it? Sonam is one of those rare actresses who is unable to be jealous or insecure. Sonam might have an image of being ‘diva’ish, but she is one of the warmest people I know. I would always do a film with her. I really can’t talk about the film right now, but there is a project in the offing, and I hope we will be able to sign. I think your sources are giving you more accurate information than mine, so maybe you should go back to those people.