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 her 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.
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.
In 2013, played the lead role in Listen… Amaya (2013), which also saw the reunion of actors Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval after 28 years, and earned positive reviews from critics. She then appeared in Raanjhanaa, along with Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor, which was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. She received wide critical praise as well as second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role of Bindiya. She appeared in a lead female role in the box-office flop Sabki Bajegi Band opposite Sumeet Vyas and in the moderate successful Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai with Bhanu Uday.