Swara Bhasker is an Indian film and theatre actress primarily known for her works in Bollywood in supporting roles. Swara is known for her works as a supporting character in mainstream movies and lead roles in independent movies. Her notable works as an actress can be seen in films like Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, etc. Swara's next movie is Veere Di Wedding along with Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.
Swara Bhasker Early Life
Swara Bhaskar was born in Delhi to an Indian Naval officer Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar and a professor of cinema studies Ira Bhaskar. Swara was raised in Delhi and did her master's in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University where her mother was a professor. Before entering into Bollywood film industry, Swara Bhaskar was associated with N.K. Sharma's 'Act One' theatre group based in Delhi. Later, Swara moved to Mumbai to make a career in acting.
Swara Bhasker Family
Swara Bhasker Family Father Mother Brother
Swara Bhaskar was born to Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar and Ira Bhaskar. Swara's father is a Telugu Indian Navy officer and her mother is a professor of cinema studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Swara's mother is from Bihar and her maternal grandmother was a resident from Varanasi. Swara has an elder brother named Ishan Bhaskar.
Swara Bhasker Career
Swara Bhaskar made her screen debut in 2009 with the drama movie Madholal Keep Walking. The movie was screened at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival but failed to impress the audience at the Indian box office. Swara next movie was Sanjay Leela Bhansali' Guzaarish (2010) also starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. Swara played a supporting role of Radhika Talwar, however, the movie went on to be a box-office failure. Swara next appeared in Srinivas Sunderrajan's The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project. The movie was a mumblecore black and white thriller and was the first film to be screened at the Transilvania International Film Festival. However, Swara's movie was again a box-office flop and her performance went unnoticed by the industry.
Swara Bhaskar's career graph elevated in 2011 with Aanand L. Rai's romantic drama Tanu Weds Manu where she plays the role of Payal, best friend of the lead Kangana Ranaut. The movie was commercially successful garnering Swara much need recognition in the industry. The critics praised her natural and skilful performance and she received several nominations in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Swara next appeared in Listen... Amaya (2012) as the lead actress and gained positive reviews from the critics for the movie as well as for her performance. In 2013, Swara then appeared in supporting role in Raanjhanaa which starred Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush. The movie went on to become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year. The role as Bindiya won many praises and several nominations including Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actress category. Her performance also won her Screen Awards and Zee Cine Awards in Best Supporting Actress category. Swara's next movie Sabki Bajegi Band along with Sumeet Vyas was a box-office flop and her next flick Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai a horror movie saw a moderate success at the box office.
Swara Bhaskar had three releases in 2015, first being Tanu Weds Manu returns, a sequel to her 2011 movie Tanu Weds Manu. The movie was a commercial hit gaining Swara a wide critical acclaim. Her second release was Sooraj Barjatya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo where she played the role of Rajkumari Chandrika and won praises for her role. Though the movie received mixed reviews, it is still counted in one of the highest-grossing Indian films. Swara's third release of the year was X: Past Is Present where she a minor role. The movie was directed by 11 directors and Swara appeared in Nalan Kumarasamy's 'Summer Holiday' segment. The movie received mixed reviews but Swara's performance was well received.
Swara again collaborated with Anand L. Rai for a comedy-drama movie Nil Battey Sannata. Initially, Swara was sceptic about her role in the film because she had to play a mother of a teenager, however, she changed her mind after reading the script. Post-release of the movie, Swara's performance won her Best Actress Award at the Silk Road International Film Festival. Swara next appeared in Avinash Das's directional debut Anaarkali of Aarah where she played the role of a small-town erotic folk dancer in Arrah in Bihar. For her performance, Swara Bhaskar was nominated for Best Actress (Critics) at 63rd Filmfare Awards.
Swara has two projects in her hand, one being Abbas Tyrewala's comedy-drama Mango which will also star Chandan Roy Sanyal and Monali Thakur. The second is Shashanka Ghosh's romantic comedy Veere Di Wedding also starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Shikha Talsania. Apart from movies, Swara also appeared in TV shows and web series. Swara served as the presenter on a television mini-series Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India. Swara also hosted the show Rangoli and debuted in web series with the series It's Not That Simple.
Swara Bhasker Awards
Swara Bhaskar is an incredible actress and the awards won by her are the proof of that. Swara came into major limelight after having a supporting role in Tanu Weds Manu and was widely recognized after appearing in Raanjhannaa. Look at some prominent awards won by the talented Swara.
Swara Bhaskar Awards List Award Category Year Film Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Female 2012 Tanu Weds Manu Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress 2014 Raanjhanaa
Zee Cine Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Female 2014 Raanjhanaa Silk Road International Film Festival Best Actress 2016 Nil Battey Sannata Screen Awards Best Actress -Critics 2016 Nil Battey Sannata
Swara Bhasker Favourites
Swara Bhasker Favourites Food Prawn Curry, Dosa, Aaloo Sabji, Maggi, Guacamole, Italian Cuisine Drink Bloody Mary, Kale Sppinach Apple Smoothie, Coffee, Masala tea Color White Director Actor Shahrukh Khan, Meryl Streep Movie The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project Vehicle BMW X1 Song Hips Don't Lie by Shakira Book The Illicit Happiness Of Other People, Istanbul: Memories And The City, The Faraway Tree Series, A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, The Mill On The Floss Holiday Spot Italy, Istanbul, Beirut
Swara Bhasker Education
Swara Bhaskar did her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and studied English literature at Delhi University's Miranda House. Swara did her masters in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Swara Bhasker Endorsements
Swara Bhaskar has appeared in numerous television ads for brands like Sprite, Tata Tea, Iodex, and Levis. Swara also appeared as a guest ramp walk for Lakme Fashion Week 2017.
Swara Bhasker Trivia & Facts
- Swara Bhaskar was born into a multicultural family, as her mother is a Bihari and her father is Telugu
- Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba was her classmate during School
- Swara was actively involved in politics during her college days
- Swara is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and her teacher is Guru Leela Samson
- Since the movie Ranjhanna, Swara and Sonam Kapoor became close friends
- In 2015, Swara appeared as a guest in Pakistani TV comedy show named Mazaaq Raat
- If not an actor, Swara would have been a history of anthropology teacher
- Swara is an avid animal lover and owns three cats named - Kulfi, Utpaati, and Atom
- In 2016, Swara turned vegetarian considering it as the best detox
- Swara's dream role is to play Indira Gandhi in her biopic
- Swara faced a lot of criticism after sending an open letter to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the movie Padmaavat
Swara Bhasker Controversies
- In 2014, while appearing as a supporting character on the movie Tanu Weds Manu, it was rumoured that there was a cold war between Kangana Ranaut and Swara Bhaskar
- In 2017, Swara revealed in an interview that during her initial days in Bollywood, a director harassed her. The actress revealed that during an outdoor shoot in a remote area, the director used to text her, call her, stalk her, and even asked for one night stand
- In December 2016, after the results of Gujarat Assembly Elections were announced, the actress congratulated Jignesh Mewani, an independent but pro-congress Dalit leader. For this, the actress was highly trolled and criticized for allegedly supporting the caste politics
- Swara was caught up in a major controversy after she sent an open letter to the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his epic period drama Padmaavat. The actress was criticized heavily and even received threats online.
Swara Bhasker Social Profiles
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