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Swara Bhaskar (born 9 April 1988) is an Indian actress who works in the Hindi film industry.[1] Best known for her supporting work in mainstream productions and starring roles in independent films, she has won two Screen Awards and has been nominated Filmfare Award on three occasions.

Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar at Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018 (24) (cropped).jpg
Bhaskar in 2018
Born
Swara Bhaskar

(1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 31)
Delhi, India
NationalityIndian
Alma materMiranda House
Jawaharlal Nehru University
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
Parent(s)Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar (father)
Ira Bhaskar (mother)

Bhaskar, the daughter of naval officer Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar, was born and raised in Delhi. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Delhi, she enrolled herself at the Jawaharlal Nehru University to complete her master's in Sociology. Bhaskar made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2009 drama Madholal Keep Walking, a commercial failure. She achieved wider recognition for her supporting role of a bride-to-be in the commercially successful romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu (2011). Her performance in the film was well received by critics and she garnered a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Bhaskar garnered further praise for her performance in the critically acclaimed romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013),; the role earned her second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. She then reprised her role from Tanu Weds Manu in the film's sequel and later appeared in the romantic drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo; both productions were among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2015. Her starring roles in the independent films Nil Battey Sannata (2016), and Anaarkali of Aarah (2017) earned her further acclaim. She won the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics) for the former and was nominated for Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for the latter.

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Early life and education

Bhaskar was born on 9 April 1988[2][3][4][5] in Delhi to Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar, a Telugu Indian Navy officer, and his Bihari[6][7] wife Ira Bhaskar, a professor of cinema studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Her maternal grandmother was from Varanasi.[8]

Bhaskar grew up in Delhi,[9] where she did her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya[10] and subsequently studied English literature at Delhi University's Miranda House where she was classmate with another actress Minisha Lamba. She did her masters in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.[11][12][13]

Career

Debut and further roles (2009–2012)

Before Bhaskar started acting in films she was associated with N. K. Sharma's "Act One" theater group in Delhi.[14] She shifted to Mumbai in 2008[8] and made her acting debut with the 2009 film Madholal Keep Walking, which was screened at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival but underperformed at the box office India. She then played a supporting role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's drama Guzaarish (2010), alongside Hritik Roshan and Aishwariya Rai.

Bhaskar then appeared in Srinivas Sunderrajan's black and white thriller The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, which was touted as India's first mumblecore film, made on the budget of ₹ 40,000 (1000 USD$) and completed in one year, was also the first Indian film to be screened at the Transilvania International Film Festival. However, both Guzaarish and The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project were box-office failures and Bhaskar remained unnoticed for her performances.[9][15]

Bhaskar garnered widespread recognition among the audience as well as by critics by appearing in the 2011's commercially successful film Tanu Weds Manu in which she played the role of Payal, the best friend of the lead actress Kangana Ranaut,[7] for which she received praise and several nominations, including the Best Supporting Actress conferred by the Filmfare Awards.[16]

Critical and commercial success (2013–present)

In 2013, played the lead role in Listen... Amaya (2013), which also saw the reunion of actors Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval after 28 years, and earned positive reviews from critics.[17] She then appeared in Raanjhanaa, along with Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor, which was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. She received wide critical praise as well as second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role of Bindiya.[18] She appeared in a lead female role in the box-office flop Sabki Bajegi Band opposite Sumeet Vyas and in the moderate successful Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai with Bhanu Uday.

 
Bhaskar at the trailer launch of Raanjhanaa, 2013

Bhaskar served as a host for Shyam Benegal's television mini-series Samvidhaan, which was based on the making of the Indian Constitution. The series aired on Rajya Sabha TV from March 2014 to May 2014.[19] On her trip to Lahore, Pakistan, Bhaskar appeared as a guest in the Pakistani TV comedy show, Mazaaq Raat which was aired in April 2015.[20]

Bhaskar's had three releases in 2015. In her first release, she reprised her role of Payal in the romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns, a sequel to the 2011 film Tanu Weds Manu. The film and Bhaskar's performance received wide critical acclaim. The film was a financial success as well and became one of the few women-centric film which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films. Her next release was the romantic drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, in which she played the role of Rajkumari Chandrika alongside Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, reviews while being mixed of the film, however, her performance was well received. With an estimated collection of ₹400 crore (US$60 million), the film became one of the highest-grossing Indian films.[21] That same year she played a minor role in the collaborative bilingual X: Past Is Present. The film was directed by eleven filmmakers, and Bhaskar appeared in Nalan Kumarasamy's segmet "Summer Holiday", which revolves around a young boy (played by Anshuman Jha), who goes to South India for summer holidays where an Aunty seduced him so that her husband can rape him. Although the film received mixed reviews, but her role of Aunty was particularly praised. Namrata Joshi of The Hindu wrote "X: Past Is Present belongs to its womens".

In 2016, Bhaskar played the lead in Anand L. Rai's comedy drama Nil Battey Sannata which marked her fourth collaboration with Rai. Bhaskar was initially sceptic about the film because of the age difference between her and her character, however, she changed her mind after reading the script and played the role of a mother of a teenager.[22] Upon the release, the film as well as Bhaskar's performance received critical acclaim and she was awarded with the Best Actress trophy at the Silk Road International Film Festival in September 2015. She made her web debut in upcoming web series called It’s Not That Simple which is produced by Viacom 18’s streaming service Voot. The show revolves around the idea of marriage, relationships, a woman’s stand in a marriage, love etc. The series feature Swara along with television stars Vivan Bhatena, Akshay Oberoi and Karanveer Mehra in the lead roles. The series is directed by Danish Aslam, who has previously helm' films like Break Ke Baad, Salaam Namaste, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic.

Bhaskar has completed shooting for the delayed Abbas Tyrewala's comedy drama Mango, starring Chandan Roy Sanyal and Monali Thakur, being produced under the banner of Kaleidoscope Entertainment.[23] She also played the lead role in Shashanka Ghosh's Veere Di Wedding, a romantic comedy, co-starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Shikha Talsania, about four girls who embark on a trip from Delhi to Europe.[24] Swara Bhasker’s masturbation scene using a vibrator was praised for its frank portrayal of women's sexuality.[25][26][1] On this film ban in Pakistan, Swara Bhaskar said that she can't expect more from Pakistan, which is a failing and non-secular nation state and run by Sharia laws.[27][28]


Controversies

Padmaavat open letter: The actress wrote an open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali who directed Deepika Padukone starrer Padmaavat. She wrote in the letter she felt reduced to a vagina at the end of the film and criticised him for glorifying Jauhar. Her letter invited tons of reactions on social media with many people writing that there was no need of creating a controversy here. [29]

While a lot of people are hailing Swara's self-pleasuring scene from Veere Di Wedding, a number of conservative audiences and some fringe groups are calling it against Indian culture and that they are ashamed to have watched it. [30]

After Pakistan's attacked Indian soldiers in Pulwama India replied through Air Strike, newslaundry posted a video on Balakot Strikes & the War in TV Studios. Taking the reference of the video Swara Bhaskar called Retd. Major General GD Bakshi As National Embarrassment for which she was heavily criticized on Twitter. [31]

Producer

She launched her production house Kahaaniwaaley with her brother Ishan Bhaskar on 25 January 2019.[32]

Filmography

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Madholal Keep Walking Sudha M. Dubey
2010 Guzaarish Radhika Talwar
The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project Swara Bhaskar / Maya
2011 Tanu Weds Manu Payal Sinha Singh
Chillar Party Battle Hour Anchor
2013 Listen... Amaya Amaya Krishnamoorthy
Aurangzeb Suman
Raanjhanaa Bindiya
Sabki Bajegi Band Jaya
2014 Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai Ayesha Saxena
2015 Tanu Weds Manu Returns Payal Sinha Singh
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Rajkumari Chandrika
X: Past Is Present Aunty
2016 Nil Battey Sannata Chanda Sahay
2017 Anaarkali of Aarah Anarkali
2018 Veere Di Wedding Sakshi Soni

Television

Year(s) Show Role Notes Ref.
2014 Samvidhaan Presenter [33]
2015–2017 Rangoli Host/presenter [34][35]
2016-present It's Not That Simple Meera Web series [36][37]

Awards

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Tanu Weds Manu Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[38]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Female Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[39]
2014 Raanjhanaa Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[40]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won[41]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Female Won[42]
2016 Nil Battey Sannata Silk Road International Film Festival Best Actress Won[43]
Screen Awards Best Actress – Critics Won[43]
2018 Anaarkali of Aarah Filmfare Awards Best Actress (Critics) Nominated[44]
Veere Di Wedding Lux Golden Rose Awards Confident Beauty of the Year[45] Won
Screen Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Nominated[46]
2019 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Pending

References

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