Veere Di Wedding actress Swara Bhasker’s refusal to mince words has often landed her in trouble. Her open letter to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Padmaavat‘s release, in which she said the movie made her feel “reduced to a vagina”, was met with immense backlash.

Soon after, the film’s songwriter duo Siddharth and Garima published a blog post in response, saying people like her were “the biggest road-blocks for feminism”.

More recently, Amazon India deleted a tweet indicating that the actress was part of their campaign after Twitter users threatened to boycott the brand. The reason? They were angered by Swara’s placard posted in protest against the Kathua rape as it bore the words ‘Hindustan’ and ‘Devi-sthan’, which they felt were “anti-Hindu” and “anti-national”.

Therefore, we had just one question for Swara: What is the price you’re paying for being an outspoken person in Bollywood? Here’s what she told us.

If there is a price that I’m paying, I luckily don’t know about it yet and as they say, ignorance is bliss. I have heard from some directors and well-wishers who are fond of me that, ‘You know, you’re getting the reputation of being troublesome and I’ve just spent last evening defending you to people.’ And some journalists in magazines have said that they’ve had to defend the choice of putting me on the cover to advertisers. So maybe I am paying a price, but I must admit I don’t think about it much because it’s a scary thought and I feel like it’s a thought that might make me censor myself. I don’t think I’ve ever said anything very wrong, that is not factual, or is disrespectful. But my parents are very worried, I have to say.

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