Actress Swara Bhaskar, who was last seen on-screen in the film “Nil Battey Sannata”, says that actors are judged on the basis of their looks in Bollywood.
Swara on Sunday evening treated her fans and followers to a question and answer session on Twitter, where a fan asked her one lesson that the Hindi film industry has taught her.
And she answered: “That you are judged on your looks. There’s no avoiding it…Taught me the meaning of and how to follow the adage ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’ Ask Swara Anything.”
Swara Bhaskar is someone who prefers to be known for her acting rather than her clothes but the actress says the pressure of looking good is an occupational hazard for celebrities.
The 28-year-old “Nil Battey Santa” star said she was rejected for films because she did not look like a conventional heroine.
“I have had all kind of bizzare experiences initially in my career with filmmakers saying I am not a conventional heroine material. I was rejected for a role and told that I am too intelligent looking.
“A reporter once asked me ‘You are not that beautiful. How do you feel about it?’ And I was like ‘I love my face and even my boyfriends don’t have problem with it’. Getting judged for looks is an occupational hazard. We are continuously in front of camera. I think you need to love yourself and be happy,” Swara said.
Another user asked the “Tanu Weds Manu” star if Bollywood’s glamour has over powered the elements of different theatre forms?
Swara shared that the two mediums should be viewed in competition.
“But the fact is theatre is really the actor’s medium. And will always remain. Cinema is director’s medium,” she added.
Talking about social media trolls, the 28-year-old actress said: “I don’t know any celebs who troll themselves. Trolling is a pathetic and cowardly act. Trolls are faceless bullies.”