Swara Bhasker is a classic example of an excellent actress as well as a social champion, a fact evident from winning the Best Actress award at the Asiavision Awards for her performance in the film “Anaarkali of Aarah”. She faced an abundance of online harassment due to her inter-faith marriage. But, Swara has faced the toxicity of social media bravely and in a sophisticated way. She believes that people have gone overboard with the invention of social media, as it became a vehicle to showcase our basest instinct – anonymous bullying and harassment. But Swara is of the firm opinion that it is essential to call out all bullies in order to gain control over social media.
Moreover, Swara also feels that mainstream news media has been largely unreliable, and indulging in hate-mongering. She argues that it is essential to hold the media and the government accountable as citizens and payers.
In addition to being a social champion, Swara is an excellent actress. She first made her mark in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Guzaarish” where she had a mere walk-on part as a television anchor. But, despite its minimalistic outlook, she made sure that it was memorable. She then went on to play outstandingly well fleshed out roles in “Tanu Weds Manu”, “Nil Battey Sannata” and the critically acclaimed “Anaarkali of Aarah”. As her characters shine on the silver screen with her spectacular acting, her audience realize her ability to empathize with yet one more emotion.
Swara’s faith in questioning vote politics and oppression also makes her a dignified social advocate. She is unafraid to express her opinion and stand up for what she believes in, no matter how significant or minimal the repercussions are.
Amongst her many achievements, Times of India’s commendation recognizing her remarkable acting skills as well as being a social champion stands out. From her inspired performances on screen to her brave advocacy of socio-political issues, Swara Bhasker’s star is on the rise and she will continue to be an example for the youth and a confidante for the oppressed for a long time to come.