Two years after Tanu Weds Manu,actor Swara Bhaskar teams up with director Aanand L Rai again for Raanjhanaa. She plays Bindiya,whose love for Kundan (Dhanush) is visceral and impulsive. Bhaskar talks about her strategy in choosing roles and being hopelessly in love
Raanjhanaa is your second film with Aanand L Rai. Tell us how your association with the director has evolved and how it helped while shooting the film.
Id like to work with Aanand sir again,he is an actors director. He allows actors enough space to explore the character and find something of their own. Yet,he knows when to intervene and shape the role. Also,his sets are the happiest shooting experiences ever.
How are Bindiya (Raanjhanaa) and Payal (Tanu Weds Manu) different?
Payal is a sensible girl. She is sorted,practical and stable,but Bindiya is impulsive. Her love for Kundan is visceral and she is blind to his indifference. There is a childlike innocence about her,and shes oblivious to reality. She actually believes that her fasts and prayers will help her get Kundan. She is the female raanjhanaa of the film. I have deep potential to be eccentric and I know that feeling of being hopelessly in love. Bindiya has these traits and so I was hooked. I also identify with her spirit: she never goes down without a fight. Actually,Ive fallen in love with Bindiya. She has seeped into my consciousness and inhabits me in a strange way. Im not very religious,but I actually started going to temples while shooting for this film. Its never happened before.
How do you go about choosing a role?
It must offer me the potential for performance. It must hook me and the audience. But I have also learned to strategise better. I am conscious of a films release dates and that definitely plays on my mind while selecting roles. Its very frustrating to do films that dont release. Big banner films come with an assurance of proper publicity,wide distribution and a good release. I hope and believe that the actor in me will never turn down a truly worthy role because of its budget or banner.
What were your thoughts when you heard Raanjhanaas script?
I first heard the script when writer Himanshu Sharma narrated it. Raanjhanaa is a riveting and deeply moving,but a fun love story. The first thing that struck me through all his witty lines and funny scenes was its pulsating craziness. Himanshu captured the madness of love and wrote some great scenes for Bindiya.
How were Dhanush and Sonam as co-stars?
They were amazing in their own different ways. For a star of his calibre,Dhanush is an amazingly modest,humble and down-to-earth guy. Hes also very cooperative on the sets. Zeeshan (Ayyub),Dhanush and I had a nice chemistry throughout the shoot. And I love Sonam. She is the warmest,nicest,most spontaneous and generous person I know. I got along with her very well. And as much as I keep abusing her in the film,offscreen,I have really developed a genuine affection for her that Im sure will outlive this film. We had some great girl-hangout time on the sets.
Tell us about your forthcoming releases this year.
Later this year,there will be Sabki Bajegi Band,directed by Anirudh Chawla,which is a relationship comedy with an incredibly talented cast. I essay the role of a hysterical housewife. Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai,directed by Debaloy Dey,is a horror film where I play a girl who is possessed. I never watch horror,so this film was a challenge. Between Listen Amaya,Aurangzeb and Raanjhanaa,the films Ive done are from different genres and I play diverse characters in each of them.