Swara Bhaskar is an Indian film actress who works in Hindi cinema. She came to prominence after playing the roles of Payal, in the 2011 rom-com film Tanu Weds Manu and Bindiya in the 2013 romantic drama Raanjhanaa. Both films garnered her critical acclaim and two nominations for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Swara was born in Delhi and brought up in to a Telugu Naval officer father Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar and a Bihari mother Ira Bhaskar who is a professor of cinema studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Her maternal grandmother was from Varanasi. Bhaskar grew up in Delhi, where she did her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and subsequently studied English literature at Delhi University's Miranda House where she was classmate with another actress Minisha Lamba. She did her masters in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Before Swara started acting in films, she was associated with N. K. Sharma's "Act One" theater group in Delhi. She shifted to Mumbai in 2008, started her film career with a 2009 film Madholal Keep Walking. She was finally noticed by audience as well as critics in the film Tanu Weds Manu in which she played the role of Payal, lead actress Kangana Ranaut's best friend, for which she won several nominations and also the Best Supporting Actress award conferred by the Zee Cine Awards. Swara played the lead role in Listen... Amaya (2013), which also saw the reunion of actors Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval after 28 years.
In 2013, she appeared in Raanjhanaa, along with Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor, and received praise for her role as Bindiya. Her upcoming films include, Sabki Bajegi Band directed by Anirudhh Chawla and Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai by Debaloy De.
She was recently spotted shooting for the Abbas Tyrewala-directed Mango, starring Chandan Roy Sanyal and Monali Thakur, being produced under the banner of Kaleidoscope Entertainment. She also hosted Samvidhaan (TV Series) in 2014.