Swara Bhasker has always been on the media's radar as she is known for her rather bold and controversial statements, be it in her interviews or her posts on social media.
Recently, a video clip featuring Swara using cuss words on comedian Abish Mathew's chat show, while talking about a child she worked in a TV commercial with, created a huge stir on social media. She faced severe backlash for words like 'ch***ya' she used for a 4-year-old.November 4, 2019
Keeping her point of view, she told IANS that she used those words as a joke and has never, in fact, abused children. She also felt that the matter was completely blown out of proportion.
“I was on a comedy show, narrating a funny incident about my first experience shooting in Mumbai. In that partly exaggerated and satirical narration, where I was using a comedic, adult and self-deprecating tone, I used certain swear words. The words were used to display in an adult-humorous tone, my exaggerated frustrations and emotions during my struggling days,” said Swara.
Further explaining her stance, she said, “Comics do it all the time, and the show's format is of a comedic genre. Most importantly, if you actually watch the show, you would realize that I actually was the one looking out for the child's welfare -- trying to make sure he gets a bathroom break, which other people on the set seemingly didn't care about. I have never abused children nor any co-actor and I have always treated children with the care, affection and the responsible conduct they deserve. I actually like children. The quip that children are evil was obviously a joke.”November 4, 2019
As soon as the video went viral, people on Twitter started taking a potshot at the actor for her derogatory statements for her child co-actor. But, the actor believes that a mountain is being made out of a molehill in this matter.
“The whole controversy was clearly targeted and constructed. I am definitely not trying to justify swearing. Those were an ill-advised choice of words but they were not seriously used. It was said jokingly and self-deprecatingly. Stand-up comedians do it all the time without anyone blinking an eyelid,” added the actor.
Moreover, she went to say that she actually likes children and has always treated them with love, care, and affection.