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The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actress opens up about her rumoured tiff with Kangana Ranaut, her experience on working with Salman Khan and equation with Sonam Kapoor.

Many may be going gaga over Kangana Ranaut’s stellar performance in Tanu Weds Manu Returns but there’s another beauty who stole the too show. Yes, I’m indeed talking about the very talented, Swara Bhaskar. The actress made her entry in B-town with Anand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu and was seen in its sequel recently. Candid, witty and insightful, Swara makes for a great conversation and I surely had gala time chatting with her. In an exclusive interview with BollywoodLife, the Raanjhana actress opens up about her rumoured tiff with co-star Kangana, her experience on working with Salman and a lot more. Read on!

You are working in Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Are you a fan of his movies?

I’m a huge fan of Hum Apke Hain Koun. I remember my mother taking me for that film and I remember crying. I can watch that movie any number of times. I was very excited when Prem Ratan came along. Rajarshi is a huge banner, Salman(Khan) is a huge star but I was also very excited to work with Sooraj sir. I think he is genuinely one of the most beautiful people I have met in my life. I have never been treated with so much love as an actor as I have on Rajarshi’s sets. It’s been a lovely experience.

You play Salman Khan’s sister in the film…

Yes(cuts in) it’s basically a family drama. It’s more on the lines of Hum Saath Saath Hain than Hum Aapke Hain Koun. It’s about sibling rivalry and I play Salman Khan’s sister. And offcourse there’s nothing bigger than Salman, but I have a really good part. I’m very excited but also very nervous because of sharing scenes with Salman.

Were you apprehensive when you learnt that you will be sharing screen space with Salman?

Definitely on the first day I was like “Oh, Salman Khan! I’m going to say all my lines to him.” But it’s been fun. He’s been a very helpful and cooperative actor. He’s got a very positive vibe to him which is great. The set is never boring when Salman is around. After a point, I began to have a friendly relationship with Salman so I would tease him, I would tell him “I’m feeling hungry, please throw a tantrum no” and he’ll be like “Nono I don’t do that(laughs).” He’s a very pleasant person and a role model for many as he’s very serious about his work. He’s always improvising on sets and that’s a great quality for an actor to pick up.

We have seen you in a light comedy like Tanu Weds Manu Returns and an intense romantic venture like Raanjhana. Would you want to explore other genres like comedy, thriller or action?
I definitely enjoy romantic drama. Romance is a nice place to be in, as well as comedy. I did a horror film last year. I’m not a fan of horror but it was a great experience. I’m fairly limited in terms of an audience. But as an actor, I would like to explore different roles. There are two things that I would like to work in for sure- one would be a historical, cuz’ as an actor that’s a very challenging place to be in and the other would be a biopic.

Oh, so is there any particular person you would like to play?

Ummm, I don’t have any particular preferences. I think for me it’s not about playing a particular person. I think it would be challenging to play somebody who has already been alive. And I must say that I was recently impressed with Priyanka Chopra, I think she did a great job in Mary Kom. I thought she was superb.

Interestingly, you are playing a mother in your upcoming film Nil Battey Sannata…


And how was that, playing a mother?

(Laughs) It was pretty crazy! I mean a lot of people told me that this is career suicide, I should not at this stage be playing a mother to a 15 year old but it was such a beautiful script and a challenging role. I realized this while playing the part; at some level, playing an age group younger to yourself is easier, because you have the memory of that experience. Even if I have a baby today, I will not know what’s it like to be a mother to a 15 year old for the next 15 years. So, in that sense it was very challenging and a lot of fun as well. I interviewed my own mother to know what she experienced when I was 15. It was great as I got to know more about her and growing up. It is a beautiful film and I’m quite excited about as well.

Are you sharing any screen space with Sonam Kapoor in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo?

It’s really funny because I have done two films with her and end up sharing very little screen space. But this one has a little more than Raanjhana. Sonam is a good friend of mine and I love her. She’s a great person, co-actor and has an amazing energy. She’s not at all bitchy or competitive in a silly way. We are having a lot of fun together. We are always chit chatting and gossiping, so yeah…it’s fun.

Now speaking of Tanu Weds Manu Returns, it was a huge success …

You know I was totally expecting it. In fact I had predicted it and I think I was the first person to tell Anand sir that it would make 150 crores net and that’s exactly the amount it’s made so I keep teasing him now. I was surprised at the kind of response I got because it was supposed to be an extended guest appearance and I never had any illusions about the length of the role. I never expected Karan Johar to notice me but these were all pleasant surprises that came with the film.

There have been rumours regarding a supposed fallout between you and Kangana Ranaut. Any comments?

The only thing that I’d like to say is that whatever versions of that are in the press, are completely inaccurate. I’d also like to say, that I DID go to TWMR’s success party but went very late. It’s possible that the press wasn’t there when I reached. But I was very much there, I drank a lot, danced a lot and had a great time (Laughs) I think that this kind of thing is a part of our business. When you get into the glamour world and choose a profession with a public profile, we want people to know us and talk about us. So when it’s happening, take it the right spirit unless it’s something really vicious. There have been lots of versions that have done the rounds and I have not reacted to any except one which said that the reason of the problem was that I was changing my dates and creating a problem with the schedules. That is completely untrue. Whatever happened, did not happen, THAT definitely didn’t happen. I’m not someone who troubles my production or directors. Kangana is a terrific actor and I loved her in Datto. I think I was the first one to compliment her after watching the promo.

Is there any actor or director you would like to work with?

Amitabh Bachchan is an actor I’d really like to work with. There are so many directors- Vishal Bharadwaj, Aditya Chopra, Anurag Kashyap and I’d always like to work with Anand L Rai.

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