Swara on importance of breaking the code of silence

In the wake of harassment cases coming to light all over the world and victims speaking up about their ordeals, Swara Bhaskar also decided to open up about being harassed by a drunken filmmaker, stating that breaking the code of silence is extremely important. When asked about her personal experiences on the issue, the actress said, "I've been propositioned by men who were in a position to cast me. I lost a few roles because I didn't give in. It made me vulnerable, nervous. Some people even stopped responding to my messages because they knew I would not give in. Being an articulate, educated girl, they sensed that I would not take things lying down." She added, "When I was still fairly new, the director harassed me with texts and dinner invites. He stalked me during the day and called me through the night. I was asked to go to his hotel room on the pretext of discussing the scene and would find him drinking. It was scary!"

When asked what was the best way to deal with the harassment on set, she declared, "Lose the part but don't get on the couch. It's not a feminist choice and it's certainly not a liberating choice. It's like giving a bribe and that is succumbing to a wrong". On the matter of speaking up, she said, "We need to stop silencing and start sharing. We need to ask for a collective platform to deal with this issue. We are all guilty of being in the know and remaining silent. And that is complicity".