Swara Bhaskar reveals being groped during Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’

Actress Swara Bhaskar opened up about a horrifying experience during a film’s shoot two years ago. The actress, known for voicing her opinions on various social issues, including women’s safety, revealed that she was groped when she was shooting for Salman Khan-starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ in 2015.

Swara, who played a victim of sexual abuse in her last outing ‘Anarkaali of Aarah’, said, “I have been groped during Prem Ratan Dhan Payo when we landed at Rajkot. I was travelling with Salman Sir and nobody realised, but there were around 2,000 people at the airport to see him. Despite the fact there was security, people got in and it was Anupam Kher who made sure I got into the car. It was crazy. As a female artiste, you know the feeling of being vulnerable in front of a crowd, which is why I connected with my character Anaarkali.”

During an interview to DNA, the ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ actress revealed that this was not an isolated incident and she has been molested and eve-teased in Mumbai and Delhi as well. She narrated some incidents where she pinched a man in Delhi, hit another with an umbrella on a train in Mumbai. She also advised women to take stand and react.

“These people don’t expect women to react which is why it’s all the more important for women to react. Because the whole mentality of a molester, groper and an eve-teaser is the anonymity and the confidence that the girl won’t react. The moment you instill that fear in their head that the girl may react and she can beat the s**t out of them, they tend to stay away,” she said.

Swara said eve-teasing, molestation, sexual abuse are things that all girls across the world face. “People actually chat about the first time they were molested. Usually, all girls have faced molestation by the time they are around 14-15. That’s how dangerous our society is. I don’t believe you can grow up in any part of the world, and especially in India, without ever being molested by a man. It is not possible,” she said.