Even though you have been the second lead in films, your roles have been well-defined in each of the movies. Was the length of the role important for you? Danish Amin (Lucknow)
SWARA BHASKAR: I don’t think this business of second lead or supporting actor is really important. First of all, I am very picky and choose my films carefully; that’s why I don’t do much work. Films last forever and I am very careful about this fact. What you are shooting now, 100 years later might become part of some film archive and some film study students might look up to it. So I am very conscious of the work I do. My three major supporting roles were in Tanu Weds Manu because it was my first break; Ranjhnaa, in which I just fell in love with the character; and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. As far as Tanu Weds Manu Returns is concerned, it’s an extended guest appearance. It’s a film I came back to because Anand (Rai) sir gave me a break, and so there was no chance to refuse or question the role. I always wanted to work under the Rajshri banner because those were films I grew up watching, so the length of the role didn’t matter because every film I do is for a reason. After playing a supporting actor with Salman, there is no greater supporting actor role one can play.