Swara Bhaskar

The actress on upcoming movie, Listen Amaya, and her Bharatanatyam and theatre passions.

What’s special about Amaya?

Amaya is a ‘typical’ Delhi girl. She’s aggressive, and knows how to chase her dreams. Through her journey, she realises that her mother, a widow, is an individual who has her own life.

Working with Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval?

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They are iconic actors and quite effortless in their performances. It was a treat.

Farooq plays your mentor in the film?

Yes, Amaya has a friendly rapport with Jayant, a retired photographer. They co-author a book. But Amaya also discovers a complicated relationship between her mother and Jayant.

Most memorable moment while shooting?

I had to yell at Deepti and Farooq in a scene and needed to strike a balance between being angry and hurt. That was real tough. I apologised profusely to them later.

You are also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and passionate about theatre?

I’m a student of Guru Leela Samson and was associated with the Indian Peoples’ Theatre Association of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Did your performing arts training help?

Of course. Every medium has its own demands and needs care, attention and dedication. There’s just so much to learn out there.

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Your first break: Madholal Keep Walking....

I had done a music video with Roop Kumar Rathod in 2008 and some TV ads, but Madholal was my first break. Then, Tanu Weds Manu.

You are a die-hard Shahrukh Khan fan?

Oh yes. Teenage crush aside, Shahrukh is a complete performer and knows how to spin magic. I also admire Madhuri, Rani and Vidya.

Who would you like to work with?

Aditya Chopra and Vishal Bharadwaj. They are on two opposite sides of the spectrum, but both have very enviable bodies of work.

Future plans?

I want to focus on films. There are four films due for release—Aurangzeb, Raanjhanaa, Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai and Sab Ki Bajegi Band.

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