Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut Nil Battey Sannata starring Swara Bhaskar was screened as the opening gala film at the 2nd Silk Road International Film Festival in Fuzhou, China. Swara, who essays the protagonist also won the Best Actress award at this prestigious film festival, for her portrayal of a stubborn teenager’s determined mother.
Taking time out from her work commitments and busy schedule, Swara accompanied her movie director Ashwiny and acclaimed actress Ratna Pathak Shah, who will also be seen in the film, to travel to the festival. The trio completed their commitments and took a Blitzkrieg trip of Beijing to catch the sights and sounds of the city, including one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China. Swara is a well known travel aficionado and history buff and climbed the Great Wall of China with much enthusiasm. Apparently a group of Iranian fellow tourists on the Great Wall recognised Swara as the Bindiya of Rannjhanaa and made her sing old Hindi film songs. The sporting and vivacious actress readily agreed. Sweet!
The Delhi born girl, her director, Colour Yellow Films executive producer Kanupriya and Ratna ji also shopped with enthusiasm. It is learnt that Swara is a tough bargainer and got them all great discounts on all their shopping using her charms, Dilli-wallah attitude and broken Chinese.
Needless to say the proud actor-director duo also indulged in partying, restaurant and bar-hopping too. Well deserved break we say!