Actress Swara Bhaskar, who will soon be seen in Nil Battey Sannata, said that she was reluctant to play the role of a mother of a teenage girl fearing that it would affect her career.
In the film, directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, the 27-year-old actress plays the mother of a 15-year-old girl.
"When the casting director, Mukesh Chhabra came with this idea of a mother-daughter film, I thought I had to play the role of a daughter. I was shocked and told him that my career will go down as it's a mother's role," Swara told reporters here at the launch of the trailer of Nil Battey Sannata.
The film also features Ratna Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi and Ria, and will release on April 22.
"I had played Salman Khan's sister in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and then I am playing a mother in Nil Battey Sannata. Soon, I might get an offer for the role of a grandmother," added Swara.
Swara said that actresses typically play roles suitable to their age or roles of younger people.
"There were people who told me that it's not a good idea to do this role. I was scared about my image," Swara said, adding that when she read the story of the film, she fell in love with the idea.
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Initially, Swara had thought of refusing to play the role.
"I thought I will just read the script as the casting director is a friend and say that I did not like the story. But I loved it (story)," she said.
Swara was asked to gain weight for her role in the film.
"I was asked to gain 10 kgs. So I kept eating and eating. But midway through the shoot, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari told me to lose some weight as I was looking a bit too healthy. It is difficult to lose weight," said Swara.
Explaining the title of the film, Swara revealed that in real life, she is Nil Battey Sannata (an incompetent) when it comes to glamour. For Swara, walking the red carpet is like appearing for an examination.
"To be a heroine is an occupational hazard. Earlier, I never paid attention to it (glamour side). Now I do my homework as we have a team (stylist)," said Swara.