Mumbai, April 5 -- It's common for actors to meet real-life people to get into the character for a film, and now, Swara Bhaskar, too, has joined the bandwagon.
The actor, who will play the middle-class mother to a 13-year-old in debutant director Ashwini Iyer's film, visited several chawls in Mumbai recently to prepare for her role.
"When Swara was briefed about her part of a middle-class woman, she wanted to understand the lifestyle of people living in such accommodations. She visited the chawls on her own and also interacted with the residents there," says a source close to the actor, adding that people there also shared their problems with her. Swara has shot some parts of the film, and this experience will help her in the next schedule, which will start after April 15.
When contacted, Swara confirmed the story, and said, "I visited chawls in Dadar and Kandivali a number of times to understand the daily lives and routines of the people who reside there."
Apart from visiting the chawls, she took tips from her domestic help to get the diction of her character right. "I am from Delhi and had never seen this kind of a housing society before. It was a great learning experience in a sociological sense, too. And yes, I have asked my domestic help to read my dialogues to me, so that I pick up her accent," says Swara.