Swara Bhaskar is a gifted actress whose unconventional acting talent makes her stand out in Hindi cinema. Her true beauty lies in her elegance and grace with which she gets into the skin of every character she essays. She takes to a motion picture camera like a fish takes to water. And perhaps that’s her greatest strength as a performer. She tells us about her food craving and much more.
Name one dish that you think is a boon to mankind.
Bread and cheese! There is even a saying that goes like: ‘let’s talk something exciting like CHEESE…!’
Which is that one food that you wouldn’t mind giving up?
Capsicum isn’t so important for me.
If marooned on an island, who would you like to take with you?
A camping tool-kit, food and books.
Which is your favourite restaurant abroad?
‘Dishoom’ in London, for when I miss Indian food. The food they serve is really awesome!
Any last famous words?
“And in the end, the difference you made to the lives of others is all that matters”.
Do you cook at home?
Not unless there is an emergency.
If it is your last weekend on earth, which city would you be dining in?
Delhi!!! At home, with my family and close friends. No place is better than home.
What has been your greatest professional achievement?
‘Nil Battey Sannata’ and ‘Anaarkali of Aarah’ – are my greatest professional achievements. They gave me so much as an actor, and as a person too.
What is the toughest thing about being in the film industry?
There is an uncertainty that creates a constant anxiety and insecurity. The challenge is to remain sane and balanced in such situations.
Which is the most important meal of the day for you?
Lunch! For me, lunch hour is best hour of the day.
Did you follow a specific diet for any movie?
I’m dieting desperately, but not very diligently for ‘Veerey Di Wedding’. I eat only vegetables, salads, fruits and egg white, and occasionally chicken.
Directors you would love to work with?
Aanand L. Rai, who as a director, has given me ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, ‘Raanjhana’, and as a producer, ‘Nil Battey Sannata’; Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Hansal Mehta actually there are so many directors I would love to work with.
A rumour you’d like to start?
That I’m lucky at the box office. LOL!
Who is your favourite chef?
My mother, and my Nani (when she was alive).
Which is your favourite cuisine?
Indian home-made food. Nothing is better than it. I travel to so many places and eat lots of things, but at the end, home-made food is always needed for my inner satisfaction.
How often do you travel?
Almost three times a month. If not for work, then for pleasure.
What do you need for a perfect holiday?
Family and/or close friends, and money to splurge.
Best party destinations according to you?
Istanbul, Beirut, and Lahore.
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthday: 9th April
You are the happiest when: When my performances are praised
One cuisine you feel is overrated: Sushi
The dish you cook best: Maggi
The three ingredients we will always find in your kitchen are: Adrak, elaichi and cinnamon
Favourite cocktail: Bloody Mary
Favourite dessert: Anything with dark moist chocolate and caramel custard
Favourite actress: Meryl Streep
Favourite actor: SRK
Your guilty pleasure food: Bread and cheese
Your go-to healthy drink: Kale spinach apple smoothie