Swara Bhaskar (born 9 April 1988) is an Indian film actress who appears in the Hindi film industry. She has received two Filmfare Award nominations and her prime achievements have made her one of the most noticed actresses of the Hindi cinema. She was born in New Delhi in a Telugu family to a Naval officer Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar. She received her bachelors degree in English literature from the University of Delhi and later completed a masters degree in Sociology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University.Bhaskar made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2009 drama Madholal Keep Walking, a commercial failure. She achieved further mainstream attention for her supporting role of a bride-to-be in the commercially successful romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu (2011). Her performance in the film was well received by critics and she garnered a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. She received widespread acclaim for portraying an aggressive lover in the critically acclaimed romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013), for which she earned her second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. She then played supporting roles in the romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) and the romantic drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015), both of which were top grossing Bollywood films. Her first major starring role came in the comedy drama Nil Battey Sannata (2016) and she received critical acclaim for her performance.
Before Bhaskar started acting in films she was associated with N. K. Sharma’s “Act One” theater group in Delhi. She shifted to Mumbai in 2008 and made her acting debut with the 2009 film Madholal Keep Walking, which was screened at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival but underperformed at the box office India. She then played a supporting role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s drama Guzaarish (2010), alongside Hritik Roshan and Aishwariya Rai.Bhaskar then appeared in Srinivas Sunderrajan’s black and white thriller The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, which was touted as India’s first mumblecore film, made on the budget of ₹ 40,000 (1000 USD$) and completed in one year, was also the first Indian film to be screened at the Transilvania International Film Festival. However, both Guzaarish and The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project were box-office failures and Bhaskar remained unnoticed for her performances.Bhaskar garnered widespread recognition among the audience as well as by critics by appearing in the 2011’s commercially successful film Tanu Weds Manu in which she played the role of Payal, the best friend of the lead actress Kangana Ranaut, for which she received praise and several nominations, including the Best Supporting Actress conferred by the Filmfare Awards.