Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City

INDUSTRY IS NOT SO INSULAR NOW: SWARA

Actor Swara Bhasker feels Bollywood has now become more answerable to the audience

- Rishabh Suri ■ rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Swara Bhasker has completed a decade in films. A rank outsider, the actor confesses it’s been a roller-coaster ride. Not one to mince her words, one thing she has realised is that as a celebrity, if you say something, or even if you don’t, you would get trolled. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” she tells us.

Summing up her journey so far as an amazing one, Bhasker, 32, adds, “August 2010 was when my first film, Madholal Keep Walking, released. It has been a great, wholesome one. Hard, obviously, it’s had its high and very low points, dark and exhilarati­ng phases. In this decade, I have pretty much seen a lifetime of showbiz. Everything that happens to people in a lifetime has happened to me — success, failure, controvers­ies, hardships, struggle and rewards. In some ways, I feel blessed, and also very wise!”

As the discussion over nepotism, groupism and the controvers­y surroundin­g actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death continues to gather steam, Bhasker has only this to say: “Honestly, there’s nothing new to add to this, I’ve already said what I had to. But in the context of my journey, I’d say people like me, who’ve been outsiders, and not just actors, but also writers and directors, are a testimony to the fact that it’s hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.”

With films such as Raanjhanaa (2013), Nil Battey Sannata and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (both 2015) to her credit, Bhasker, who is now set to headline a web show, finds many changes in Bollywood.

“The industry has become a lot more answerable to the audience than it was ever before. It’s not so insular anymore. A lot of credit goes to social media and the conversati­ons that it has generated. I also feel the industry has become far more politicise­d than it was. These are the two things. Thanks to OTT platforms, we’ve really been able to expand. I don’t know if 10 years ago, my web show could have been told as a film,” she ends.

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PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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