‘Cinema has made me stronger’
Cinema means the world to Shruti Haasan who perceives it as an art, and not just a job
The glitz and glamour of cinema can change a person overnight, but not actor Shruti Haasan (left), who thinks that she is still the same person who enjoys doing what she likes and remains accessible to her friends.
Shruti takes cinema as more than just as a job. “It becomes your world when you see it as art,” says Shruti adding that the frills and facade of the industry have never affected her. “I’ve been acting for eight years. When I look back, I realise cinema has made me stronger. Nothing else about me has changed despite growing up as the daughter of Kamal Haasan and Sarika,” she says.
Shruti had a shaky start to her career, with films such as Luck (2009), Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011) and 7am Arivu (2011) not doing well. She doesn’t regret doing these films. “In these films, I did the best I could and followed the instructions of my directors. An actor can’t be solely responsible for a film failing or succeeding. The fate of a film depends on so many other factors,” she says.
She also has a different outlook towards failure. “What people see as a big failure, I don’t necessarily look at it the same way. I’m proud of films like Oh My Friend (2011) and 7am Arivu as they were special. Something about them stands out even today,” she says.
It was with Pawan Kalyan’s Telugu actioner Gabbar Singh (2012), a remake of Dabangg (2010), that Shruti catapulted to the big league. “I’ll be grateful to Pawan Kalyan for giving me the opportunity. A star of his calibre could have said no to me. But he was supportive and I’ll never forget it,” she says, expressing immense joy in reuniting with him in her next Telugu film Katamarayudu.
Basking in the success of SI3, the third part in the Singam franchise, Shruti feels proud to be part of the series. “The reception has been wonderful. The success of Singam franchise is proof of how much people have enjoyed the series,” she says.