Actress Swara Bhasker is known for her outspoken nature. She has always expressed her views about issues that plague society and stood up for women empowerment and equal rights. The actress who debuted with the film Madholal Keep Walking is well known for her roles in films like Nil Battey Sannata, Raanjhanaa, Anarkali of Aarah and Veere Di Wedding.
In a recent interview, she even said “I have to admit that I have lost a lot of work because of the positions I have taken. But it is fine. It is a collateral that I have come to accept. I don’t seek and I don’t say things from a position of an influence. I am not a paid influencer, I am not paid to say these things. I say these things because I genuinely believe in it. I am willing to bear that brunt.”
Here we look at ten times when Swara Bhasker did not shy away from speaking her mind.
On her Mother
When I grew up, I realized what an amazing thing my parents did. It was such a big deal for my mom, a middle-class woman, to decide to leave her children and husband to go and do her Ph.D. for three years. And my dad, who is even more middle class, a traditional South Indian, to let his wife do that.
On her journey
I feel that where I came from made me the actor that I am, and I wouldn’t want to trade that with anything else.
On handling criticism
I have had to answer questions like, ‘But you don’t look like lead material.’ Now, I still don’t know what ‘lead material’ looks like because everyone has eyes, a nose, and a face.
Views on equality
Once, I had a huge fight on a film set with an actor who threw tea on a spot boy’s face. I refused to shoot until he apologized.
Thoughts on Feminism
In the industry, I am judged by what I wear. If I want to be taken seriously, I have to hire a team of stylists. It’s an occupational hazard. But it’s not as though I am any less of a feminist.
Swara Bhaskar’s views on Indian Women
Frankly, Indian women inherit this collective cultural unconscious – this sense of guilt, shame, and dishonor. I think Indian girls need to become shameless and a little selfish, too.
Swara Bhaskar’s take on Politics
You have to look beyond your known limited experience. Politics should be based on compassion.
Swara Bhaskar’s views on Indian Culture
In India, we are parented in a way that we get very good values. But the whole culture forgets to tell us to also value ourselves. It’s really OK sometimes to take into consideration your own happiness.
Swara Bhaskar on being unapologetic
Being unapologetic about my body, my sexuality, my life’s decisions is a political belief that, as a feminist, I strongly espouse.
On the stereotypical mindset of Bollywood
There have been instances when people have told me that I look too intelligent to be an actress.
Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv
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