is an actress who featured in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bollywood movies in the 80’s and the early 90’s. Called the
of India by the NZ Herald, Swapna’ career started with the
Tik Tik Tik
, directed by the veteran
Dasari Narayana Rao
in 1981 following which she acted in several South-Indian movies including Adimachangala, Chiriyo Chiri, Marupacha, Ahimsa, Drohi and Post-mortem.
Her career has been diverse, featuring movies in Bollywood too. Her movies include Ek Din Bahu Ka,
, Teri Meherbaniyan, Haqeeqat, Hukumat, Dak Bangla, Qatil, Izzatdaar, Farishtay, Kurbaan, ZIndagi Ek Juaa, Janam Se Pehle, Guda from 1983 to nearly 2003.
Throughout her career she has worked with some of the top names of the movie industry including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Rajkumar, Chiranjeevi amongst others in South India, and with persons including
and Sridevi in Bollywood.
She is currently working with her husband in the Event Management company, Sangini Entertainment that manages Indian classical and Bollywood dance events abroad, having quit the movie industry post her wedding. Her understanding of the Bollywood showbiz scene has given her the right perspective, where she scripted and directed shows including
, Shaam-E-Jashn, and the highly successful Shaam-E-Rangeen where she has been able to combine classical music and dance with the groovy, pulse catching songs of Bollywood, making it one of the most successful productions in India, being broadcast across the world. Her mantra has been to introduce the charisma and character of Bollywood, to those untouched by its influence. She seeks to educate these audiences to the history, evolution, and influences that have worked on Bollywood, through an unparalleled story. Her approach is simple: “We do what we do not because we have to, but because we love what we do!”